Mexico City, Mexico, 28th February 2012—Wildlife management and enforcement officials from across Mexico met last week to learn new skills and receive new tools and materials to help them improve the conservation and sustainable use of wild natural resources in the country.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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Mexico, 20 July 2010—Enforcement officers in Mexico have arrested a man attempting to smuggle 18 monkeys from Peru into the country.
The animals were wrapped inside socks that had been concealed inside his luggage, although the suspect told officers he had later hidden them in a girdle around his waist to protect the animals from X-rays.
Gland, Switzerland/Washington, US—Critically Endangered Hawksbill Turtles are no longer being sold as tourist souvenirs in the Dominican Republic after a powerful government campaign cracked down on shops illegally trading such items. More than 99 percent of these souvenirs have been withdrawn or confiscated according to TRAFFIC, wildlife trade monitoring network.
A 2006 survey carried out by TRAFFIC found more than 23,000 items made from Hawksbill Turtles for sale. A February revisit of the same locations revealed a dramatic reduction with only 135 shell items.
Cambridge, UK, 19 February 2009—A traditional Asian medicine firm based in Canada has been convicted of possessing and attempting to sell medicines containing parts from Tigers and other protected species.
Wing Quon Enterprises Ltd. pleaded guilty on 17 February in a Richmond Provincial Court to possession for the purpose of dealing in Tiger parts and was fined CAN45,000 (USD36,000).
CAN40,000 (USD32,000) of this was awarded by the court to TRAFFIC, to help further its efforts to ensure that wildlife trade is not detrimental to the conservation of nature.
Cambridge, UK, 19 February 2009—Acting on information provided by TRAFFIC, Dutch Police seized 249 veneer sheets of Brazilian Rosewood from two companies based in Rotterdam and ‘s-Gravendeel, The Netherlands, in January 2009.
Brazilian Rosewood Dalbergia nigra is used for making musical instruments and furniture, but is threatened by habitat loss. It is endemic to Brazil and is classified as Vulnerable by IUCN. The timber was listed in Appendix I of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in 1992, which prohibits its international trade.
Mexico City, 23 September 2008—TRAFFIC today presented USD30,000 worth of animal handling equipment to PROFEPA, the Mexican Government body responsible for protection of the environment.
The new equipment will assist enforcement officers in Mexico in the implementation of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), and is part of a wider agreement between PROFEPA and WWF, implemented through TRAFFIC, which is aimed at nationwide capacity building for enforcement officers to tackle illegal wildlife trade and ensure the sustainable use of natural resources.
California, USA, 15 February 2007 —The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, founded by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, whose followers are known colloquially as “Moonies”, and six men convicted of poaching Leopard Sharks are to pay a total of US$910,000 to help restore marine wildlife habitat in the San Francisco Bay. Generous donations from the California Coastal Conservancy and three Foundations are to contribute a further US$600,000 for conservation work in the area.