Illegal wildlife trade

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Cycads: the primeval plants getting rarer – and harder to protect
Here before the dinosaurs, plants now face extinction due to illegal trade and vanishing tropical forests

Paul Simons

17, May, 2023 @5:00 AM

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Police in Spain and France break up international eel smuggling gang
Officers arrest 27 people and seize tonnes of baby eels, seen as a delicacy but critically endangered

Sam Jones in Madrid

12, May, 2023 @12:36 PM

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Ten African countries accuse EU of failing to protect hippos
Brussels’ plan to oppose a ban on trade in hippopotamus products puts species at risk, says letter signed by states, including Mali, Niger and Senegal

Arthur Neslen

08, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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More than 1.1m sea turtles illegally killed over past 30 years, study finds
Demand for luxury goods is driving global trade in hawksbill and green turtles, researchers say, adding to calls for more protection

Sofia Quaglia

09, Sep, 2022 @1:43 PM

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Kangaroos in the street and a suitcase of iguanas: India’s exotic pet problem
Abandoned marsupials and other trafficked species reveal the country’s growing illegal trade, driven by a desire for exclusive and costly status symbols

Kalpana Sunder

07, Jun, 2022 @6:45 AM

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Illegal donkey-skin trade thriving on social networks, report reveals
About 4.8 million animals are killed each year largely driven by Chinese demand for traditional medicine, says charity

Kaamil Ahmed

10, May, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Eight men convicted in French court for trafficking rhino horn and ivory
Four men – three Irish and one English – said to be members of the Rathkeale Rovers gang were given prison terms

Kim Willsher in Paris and Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent

08, Sep, 2021 @10:06 PM

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Culture shock: how loss of animals’ shared knowledge threatens their survival
From whales to monkeys, elephants and even fruit flies, researchers say they are starting to understand animal culture just ‘as it disappears before our eyes’

Zoe Kean

13, Aug, 2021 @6:01 AM

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‘Orchidelirium’: how a modern-day flower madness is fuelling the illegal trade
With traffickers taking species from the wild before they are even recorded, one of the UK’s oldest constabularies is on guard at Kew Gardens

Patrick Greenfield

18, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Jellied, smoked, baked in pies – but can the UK stop eels sliding into extinction?
Centuries-old trade has been thwarted by trafficking and now Brexit. An unusual rewilding mission hopes to aid a 4,000-mile migration back to British rivers

Phoebe Weston

16, Jun, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Finding fangs: new film exposes illicit trade killing off Bolivia’s iconic jaguar
Undercover documentary investigates the trafficking of Latin America’s big cat to meet demand in China

Dan Collyns in Lima

12, Jun, 2021 @6:01 AM

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‘Aphrodisiac’ of the ocean: how sea cucumbers became gold for organised crime
Overfishing and smuggling of this crucial animal are affecting biodiversity and the livelihood of local fishers in Sri Lanka

Richa Syal

12, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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