Welcome to this week's news update

Dear TRAFFIC supporter,

Following last week's 4 tonne seizure of ivory by Thailand, incredibly, this week authorities there seized a further 3 tonnes. This time, however, TRAFFIC's Tom Milliken was on-hand to give his perspective on the haul of savannah elephant ivory.

The latest edition of the TRAFFIC Bulletin was launched this week - a vital compendium of information on wildlife trade issues, ranging, in this issue, from slow lorises as photo props, to pangolins in medicine, to wild meat and Crocodile Lizards and FairWild certification in India. If you aren't a subscriber already and would like to find out more, why not take a look at past issues and sign up here: www.traffic.org/bulletin.

The week ended with an imnportant Declaration issued by African nations in Brazzaville, Congo, further strengthening Africa's commitment to addressing willdife crime.

Finally, don't forget, any bright ideas on how to solve the poaching crisis? I'm sure many of you must have some really creative solutions for using technology to bring down the criminal networks who are profiting from destoying the world's biodiversity. And your idea could be worth up to $500k if you submit it to the USAID-funded Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge. To find out more about this initiative, of which TRAFFIC is a partner, please visit: http://wildlifecrimetech.org/index We look forward to hearing from you!

Please help support our work on crucial wildlife trade issues by donating to TRAFFIC

If you shop online in the UK, you can help TRAFFIC by shopping through Give as You Live. It’s no different to shopping online normally, it's just as secure and your shopping won't cost you a penny more. The only difference is that TRAFFIC will receive a small donation every time you shop through this link. Sign up is quick and easy, and it’s a cost free way of supporting TRAFFIC.

Thank you. Your support is really important to vulnerable animals and plants around the world.

Richard Thomas, Global Communications Co-ordinator, TRAFFIC. Email: richard.thomas@traffic.org Tel: +44 1223 651782.

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