Hong Kong, 6th July 2017—Customs officers in Hong Kong seized “about” 7.2 tonnes of ivory from a shipping container arriving from Malaysia at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on Tuesday, 4th July.
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Nanjing, China, June 2017—34 law enforcement officials from nine separate provinces attended a wildlife forensics technology training workshop at Nanjing Forest Police College (NFPC). Represented institutions included the Forest Police, Custom’s Anti-smuggling Bureau and the Environmental Police.
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 21st June 2017—Some potentially good news to reduce the impact of illegal wildlife trade on threatened species occurred last night when the Vietnamese National Assembly approved the long awaited 2015 Penal Code. The Penal Code will come into force on 1st January 2018.
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 15th June 2017—40 Customs Department and Forest Protection Department (FPD) officers commenced a training programme today to increase their understanding of the requirements for a legal timber trade and how to distinguish regulated and prohibited timber in trade.
Update 16th June:On 15th June, Malaysian Customs officers seized a further shipment of 393.5 kg pangolin scales, also arriving by air from Ghana and falsely labelled as oyster shells.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13th June 2017–For the third time in just over a month, Malaysian authorities have seized a large shipment of pangolin scales inbound from Africa. This latest seizure brings the total weight of confiscated scales so far to a tonne.
Guangzhou, China, June 2017–more than 110 anti-smuggling and law enforcement officials from Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan provinces engaged in a two day CITES enforcement training workshop to help them prevent and detect wildlife trafficking.
Edinburgh, UK, 8th June 2017—Representatives from more than 30 countries this week attended the Society for Wildlife Forensic Science’s symposium held in Edinburgh to examine the importance of forensic science in detecting and tackling wildlife crime.