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Experts meet to find solutions to global “bushmeat crisis”

Nairobi, Kenya, 7th June 2011—This week 20 governments, representatives of indigenous and local communities, and experts of international conservation and development organizations from Africa, Asia, America and Europe are meeting in Nairobi to find solutions to what is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest current biodiversity crisis—the over-exploitation of wild meat, also known as “bushmeat” for food.

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TIME magazine exposes plans for Chinese rhino ‘farming’

June 2011—the latest issue of TIME magazine reveals a secret plot in China to breed imported white rhinos commercially for their horns to be used in medicine—a scheme that would be in direct contravention of national and international laws, and which contradicts statements made in 2010 by Chinese officials at an international meeting and representatives of the traditional Chinese medicine industry.

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Live crocodiles and turtles seized in airport baggage

Bangkok, Thailand, 2nd June 2011—Airport and Customs officials at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport have seized close to 500 live protected animals stuffed into four bags, among them hundreds of turtles, tortoises and seven Gharial crocodiles.

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Lid lifted on Vietnamese rhino horn trade

Rhino horn openly on sale in Ha Noi markets

May 2011—A hard-hitting documentary hosted by Dan Rather screened this April on HDNet television in the USA and Canada revealed the extent of the rhino horn trade to Viet Nam and how it is fuelling a rhino poaching crisis in southern Africa.

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New project to protect traditional knowledge in European plant trade

in Japanese

Budapest, Hungary, 23rd May 2011–TRAFFIC is part of a recently launched project to gather information about the use, harvest and traditional importance of wild plants and their significance in the cultural heritage of Eastern Europe

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