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China Strengthens Wildlife Protection

BEIJING – Last week, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) passed an interpretation of the Criminal Law that mandates jail sentences for eating and buying products made from 420 wildlife species considered rare or endangered, including Asiatic black bear, pangolin, golden monkeys, and giant panda.

Lang Sheng, Deputy Head of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee, said, “In fact, buyers are a major motivator of large-scale illegal hunting.”

Pop Stars Take Hard Lessons from South Africa’s Rhino Poaching Crisis Back to Campaign in Vietnam

Vietnamese pop stars Thu Minh and Thanh Bui concluded a visit today to witness rhino conservation efforts and the impacts of the poaching crisis in South Africa. The trip was hosted by the Wilderness Foundation in Port Elizabeth as part of a demand reduction strategy of their Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative.

World’s Largest Shark Conservation Campaign Seeks 100,000 Malaysian Pledges

Over 60 companies pledge to go fin-free

(Kuala Lumpur) WildAid’s Shark Savers “I’m FINished with FINS” campaign, backed by over 650 of the world’s most influential celebrities and personalities, was launched today in Kuala Lumpur, in partnership with Mid Valley Megamall, HSBC Bank Malaysia and Malaysian Nature Society. According to a recent Traffic report, Malaysia is the 8th largest shark catchment country and is ranked 4th for shark fin imports.

Hong Kong Retail Chain Drops Ivory

HONG KONG – Chinese Arts & Crafts (H.K.) Ltd. (CAC), Hong Kong’s largest ivory retailer, stopped selling elephant ivory according to a statement issued to Reuters today and verified by spot checks by WildAid. The chain, which operates four stores in Hong Kong, stated to the media that it now only sells mammoth ivory. WildAid consultants visited the stores and confirmed that all elephant ivory has been removed from shelves, is not mis-selling it as mammoth ivory, and is not for sale “under the counter.”

NBA Athletes Speak Out to Save Africa’s Endangered Wildlife

NBA Cares, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) global social responsibility program, and WildAid are launching ‘No Hype,’ a new message to reduce demand for ivory and rhino horn. The message includes six NBA players: Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers, Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks, Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks, Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls.