Bangkok, Thailand, 11th December 2017—on the high seas, at railway stations and markets, Star Tortoise seizures continue to make headlines with the latest case in Bangkok marking 6,040 of the tortoises confiscated globally this year.
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Ipoh, Malaysia, 5th December 2017—The minimum fine, one-month jail and his motorcycle confiscated: this was the sentence handed down to a man caught ferrying a Tiger carcass on his bike last year in northern Peninsular Malaysia, home to some 250 Critically Endangered wild Tigers.
Nanjing, China, 1st December 2017—This week 60 enforcement officials from from over 20 provinces received training on combatting wildlife crime on the internet and through courier channels during a workshop co-organized by Nanjing Forest Police College (NFPC) and TRAFFIC. Participants from the Forest Police, Customs, Administration for Industry and Commerce, Procuratorate and Postal Bureau attended.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27th November 2017– Pangolin scales in the mail? That's exactly what Malaysian Customs found when they scanned 13 boxes from Sabah and Sarawak at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s Mail and Courier Centre 10 days ago.
Ministry of Health and pharmaceutical companies collaborate on developing non-timber forest product utilization policies
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 27th November, 2017—Representatives of 30 pharmaceutical companies met in Hanoi today to learn about and give feedback on government policies surrounding the use of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs) and other non-timber forest products (NTFPs).
Da Nang, Viet Nam, 24th November 2017—More than 40 Vietnamese Customs officers and Forest Department representatives from the central and highland regions of Viet Nam began a 1.5 day meeting today to learn how to identify commercial wood species that are subject to trade regulations and to receive training on the processing of timber trade violations.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22nd November 2017—The message that passengers, airports and airlines can play a major role in combatting wildlife trafficking was shared with thousands of travellers and flight crew at a recent roadshow at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which has seen dozens of wildlife seizures in the past year.
Beijing, China, 22nd November 2017—Internet companies based in China today announced the formation of a new alliance to combat wildlife cybercrime. The move was initiated by three China-based internet giants—Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent—and supported by an additional 8 Chinese internet companies.