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2014-02-21 23:21:36

Global wildlife trade among the most profitable illicit enterprises along with drug and gun running, reports Born Free USA CEO Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) February 21, 2014 The United Nations is highlighting the intrinsic values and contributions of wild animals and plants, particularly endangered and protected species, by declaring March 3, 2014 as World Wildlife Day. Born Free USA, a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, will use this platform to increase awareness...

2013-09-20 12:21:38

WASHINGTON and LONDON, Sept. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The poaching of rhinos in South Africa has increased by more than three rhinos a week on average since Environmental Minister Edna Molewa called for a legal international trade in rhino horn, according to analysis by the non-profit Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). From January 1 to March 13( )2013, an average of 15.36 rhinos were poached each week in South Africa. On March 14, Minister Molewa revealed her...

Philippines Destroy Five Tons Ivory
2013-06-18 15:40:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Philippines has announced it will destroy five tons of seized ivory, a major symbolic step for a nation known for playing a major role in the illegal ivory trade. "The destruction of the items would hopefully bring the Philippines' message across the globe that the country is serious and will not tolerate illegal wildlife trade, and denounces the continuous killing of elephants for illicit ivory trade," Mundita Lim, director of...

2013-03-11 12:21:24

BANGKOK, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmentalists are today calling for trade sanctions against Vietnam for its failure to take action against its massive illegal trade in rhino horn. The 177 nations currently Party to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Bangkok are discussing measures to counter the intensive poaching of rhinos around the world, but particularly in South Africa where nearly 1,500 rhinos have been...

2013-03-06 12:28:28

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A report released today by INTERPOL with support from The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) revealed hundreds of ivory items conservatively valued at approximately EUR 1,450,000 for sale during a two-week period on Internet auction sites in nine European countries. The survey of Internet sites was conducted by agencies responsible for wildlife crime enforcement in participating countries including environmental...

Thai Prime Minister Vows To Ban Domestic Ivory Trade
2013-03-04 04:46:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The prime minister of Thailand has pledged to take steps to change the country´s currently legal domestic ivory trade in order to help protect endangered elephants, various media outlets reported Sunday. Speaking during the opening day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Yingluck Shinawatra announced that she would be amending Thai law with the intention of putting an end to a market which...

Scientists Want To Legalize Rhino Horn Trade To Protect Species From Extinction
2013-03-01 10:23:23

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of leading environmental scientists are advocating a legal trade in rhino horn as a last ditch effort to save the animals from extinction. The scientists argue that the current global ban on rhino products has failed to protect the animals as death rates among the world's remaining black and white rhinos are soaring. This increased death rate is due to illegal poaching to supply the insatiable demand for these...

2012-08-10 06:21:10

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Based on information provided by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org), China's Forestry Police conducted a surprise inspection on at Chengtian Antique Mall on where they confiscated 107 pieces of illegal ivory and other wildlife products. Three suspects were detained in connection with the August 6(th) seizure. Located near Beijing, the wholesale mall is highlighted in the recent IFAW report, "Making a...

Illegal Trade Of Caviar Curbed By International Regulation
2012-07-26 05:56:52

DNA testing of retail black caviar conducted by scientists from the Institute for Conservation Science at Stony Brook University and American Museum of Natural History indicates trade policy can help reduce the incidence of caviar mislabeling Research that used mitochondrial DNA-based testing to compare the extent of fraudulent labeling of black caviar purchased before and after international protection shows conservation benefits. A team of scientists from the Institute for Conservation...

2012-06-04 02:24:43

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a world of economic uncertainty, elephant ivory has become a new investment vehicle in China, which coincides with an extraordinary surge in the number of elephants being killed for their ivory. A new ivory market investigation report released Monday by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) shows the legal sale of ivory stockpiles in 2008 has spurred demand, particularly in China where ivory is...