Thai immigration officials seized 95 Indian tortoises inside the luggage of a Taiwanese couple attempting to smuggle them to Taiwan. According to a statement from Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, officials identified the suspects as 38-year-old Lai Tsung and 37-year-old, Lai Tsung. Both were detained while passing a security check at the departures terminal of Bangkok’s Don Meung International Airport.

via THAILAND: Thai police catch Taiwanese trying to smuggle 95 tortoises [PHOTOS] — Eurovision Social Newswire

DALIAN CONFERENCE, PART TWO. The 11th Asia for Animals conference, which took place in Dalian, China, brought together hundreds of delegates from all fields of animal protection, rescue, and advocacy. Focused on how laws can be used creatively to protect nonhuman animals, speakers talked about their successes and challenges, their hopes and their aims. Attendees […]

via Asia for Animals: conference speakers call for tougher laws and changes in behaviour — CHANGING TIMES

A Louisiana resident and owner of a freight forwarding company pleaded guilty today in federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana to trafficking exotic birds that are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Paul Tallman of Kenner, Louisiana, owner of Aerotyme-Inc., pleaded to the […]

via Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Protected Birds — Just The Real News

BANGKOK — Transnational crime syndicates are growing more powerful in Southeast Asia and raking in profit by exploiting rampant corruption, weak law enforcement and lax border controls, the United Nations said on Thursday. Such groups generate profit of tens of billions of dollars each year from a rising trade in drugs, counterfeit goods and medicines, […]

via Organised crime outpaces authorities in Southeast Asia, U.N. says — National Post

WWF applauds the announcement by Singapore, led by the National Parks Board (NParks), for a ban on all domestic ivory trade.This is an important step in closing Singapore’s domestic market for ivory and is the latest highlight in a series of events that showcase the country’s determined stance against illegal wildlife trade. This year alone, […]

via Singapore’s ivory ban strengthens global momentum to stop illegal wildlife trade — The Chestnut Post

A Michigan trophy hunter’s permit to bring the skull, skin and horns from a critically endangered black rhinoceros he shot in Africa to the U.S. will likely be approved by the Trump administration, according to a report by The Associated Press. Chris Peyerk, of Shelby Township, Mich., applied for the import permit in April. The “applicant requests a permit to […]

via Trump administration reportedly approves trophy hunter’s permit for endangered rhino remains — WKRN News 2

Banner image courtesy of Harman Singh Heer Open letter from the Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa to the Republic of South Africa, The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. 15thAugust 2019 Attention: The Minister of the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries “Their Future is Dark” THE RHINO HORN TRADE 2019 The history surrounding the demand […]

via “Their Future Is Dark.” The Rhino Horn Trade in 2019 — International Wildlife Bond