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Wednesday
Jan 30 2008

Cross-border intelligence-sharing leads to major seizure in Thailand

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Leopard, Clouded Leopard and Tiger skins on sale near the Thai border © Gerald S. Cubitt/WWF-Canon Click photo to enlarge

Bangkok, Thailand, 30 January 2008- The ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) is to support and help widen an investigation into an organized wildlife crime syndicate after yesterday's seizure of 11 dead Tigers, Leopards and Clouded Leopards, as well as 275 live pangolins from Khub Pung village of Tambon Nam Kham in Thailand, near the border with Lao PDR. 

The big cats, all wild-caught, are believed to have originated from southern Thailand or Malaysia, although this is still under investigation. The Royal Thai Navy's Khong River Coast Guard seized the pangolins from one truck and the six dead Tigers, three Leopards and two Clouded Leopards from another truck at 3 a.m. yesterday.

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Tuesday
Jan 08 2008

Illegal pet trade threatens freshwater turtles and tortoises—TRAFFIC

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The annual Indonesia quota for Malayan Snail-eating Turtles Malayemys subtrijuga is 2,500, 90% of them destined for export © Chris R Shepherd / TRAFFIC  Click to enlarge.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 January 2008—An increasing demand for exotic freshwater turtles and tortoises in Southeast Asia is fuelling rampant illegal trade in the pet markets of Indonesia, according to a report released today by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

TRAFFIC investigators undertook surveys of pet markets in Jakarta and found 48 species of freshwater turtles and tortoises for sale, the vast majority of them illegally obtained.

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Thursday
Aug 30 2007

Bear and Tiger parts seized in Russian Far East

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Members of the Khankaiskii Frontier Detachment with last week's seizures of 480 bear paws and a Siberian tiger pelt © Pavel Fomenko / WWF Click to enlarge

30 August 2007—Customs and the Frontier Service in the Primorskii province of the Russian Far East have seized llegal wildlife products bound for China.

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Monday
Aug 27 2007

Shahtoosh smuggler fined in Thai first


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Tibetan Antelopes are Endangered through overharvesting for their valuable shahtoosh wool © WWF Click photo to enlarge
Bangkok, Thailand, 27 August 2007—The owner of a luxury store in Bangkok was today convicted of importing and selling shawls made from shahtoosh, the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, an animal listed as Endangered by IUCN-The World Conservation Union, in the first conviction of its kind in Thailand.

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Thursday
Mar 29 2007

Turtle poachers apprehended

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Poachers have been caught with almost 300 marine turtles in Malaysian waters © WWF-Canon / Roger LeGUEN Click to enlarge
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 29 March 2007—For the second time in three days, Chinese fishing boats in Malaysian waters off Sabah have been seized carrying cargoes of endangered marine turtles. On 26 March, a boat carrying 72 mixed Green and Hawksbill turtles was apprehended and six people arrested. Three days later, poachers were caught red-handed with a cargo of 220 Green and Hawksbill Turtles.

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