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One Step Closer to Stricter EU Shark Finning Ban

Today, members of the European Parliament Fisheries Committee convened in Brussels to vote on a strict ban on shark finning, a practice that is rapidly thinning out the world’s vulnerable shark populations.

Operation Charm: Dying for a Cure - MET Tackles Wildlife Crime

A major Metropolitan Police initiative against the illegal sale of endangered species in London's Chinese medicine shops is launched today with the support of the Chinese community and Britain's leading wildlife charities. The new initiative will see a tough new focus on Chinese medicine practitioners selling goods that are made from, or even claim to be made from, endangered species. The launch takes place at New Scotland Yard at 11am today, and is run under the banner of Operation Charm, by the MET's Wildlife Crime Unit.

Groups Release TV Spot Urging Nations to Reject Reopening of China Tiger Trade

In advance of the world's largest wildlife trade meeting next week, 35 organisations have launched a powerful, 4-minute television spot urging China to keep its ban on tiger trade.

One of the UK's leading actors, Martin Jarvis, lent his voice to the spot, which details the consequences that reopening legal trade would have on wild tigers. The public service announcement can be viewed at http://www.endtigertrade.org.

Hopes and Fears – Tigers Wait For Help, But For How Long

Amid growing apprehension, conservationists at the International Tiger Forum are still awaiting a sign that governments are willing to turn words into action to save the world’s 3,200 remaining wild tigers from possible extinction.

Three of the UK’s leading wildlife groups – the Born Free Foundation, Environmental Investigation Agency and WildAid – fear the meeting may close without essential commitments being made by Asia’s leaders for immediate action to end all trade in tiger parts and derivatives, from all sources.

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