TRAFFIC

Pangolin Scales Trade In ASEAN

It was reported that nearly 900,000 pangolins are believed to have been trafficked across Southeast Asia in the last 20 years. As the world is currently battling the coronavirus pandemic which some experts claim may have been passed on to humans from pangolins; conservationists are calling for a global ban on wildlife trading. This includes the illicit poaching and trade of the little-known creature.Pangolins are said to be the most widely trafficked mammal in the world.

18 April 2020
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COVID-19: The death blow to wildlife trafficking?

In a statement by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), the current emergence and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, as well as SARS, MERS and other similar virus outbreaks in recent history, underscores the need to take urgent action and raise awareness of the potential threats to human health posed by the illegal and unregulated trade in wildlife. The WWF welcomed the Chinese government's decision to temporarily ban the sale of wildlife in markets, restaurants and online

9 March 2020
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Wildlife cybercrime on the rise in ASEAN

With social media already playing a major role in human trafficking, arms trading and drug smuggling, it is perhaps no surprise that the illegal wildlife trade is the latest cross-border crime to go online.Long known as a hub for wildlife trafficking, Southeast Asia’s unsavoury reputation has been enhanced by social media – with numerous cases of buyers and sellers conducting deals while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity.The region’s high mobile penetration rate offers buyers easy access to

25 February 2020
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More than 2,300 tigers killed and trafficked this century

More than 2,300 endangered tigers have been killed and illegally trafficked since the turn of the century, according to a report published Tuesday, urging more action to protect the giant cats.With an average of more than 120 illegally trafficked tigers seized each year - which amounts to over two each week - since year 2000, conservation group Traffic warned there was little sign of respite for the species.

21 August 2019
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Money laundering and the illegal wildlife trade

While it has all the hallmarks of transnational organised crime, the illegal wildlife trade continues to be viewed as being outside ‘mainstream crime’.Frequently linked to other forms of serious crime such as fraud, corruption and money laundering, the illegal wildlife trade generates an estimated US$20 billion annually and is the fourth most profitable criminal trafficking enterprise behind drugs, arms and human trafficking according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).&a

28 May 2019
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ASEAN’s pangolin disaster

Unprecedented seizures of pangolin scales in Singapore last month – when the island-state seized a world record 25.6 tonnes in five days – is drawing more attention to the trade of the little-known creature.Said to be the most widely trafficked mammal in the world, all eight pangolin species – which are native to Asia and Africa – are now categorised as “vulnerable”, “endangered” or “critically endangered” according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Enda

2 May 2019
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Southeast Asia’s otters under threat  

One of Southeast Asia’s many treasures is its beautiful flora and fauna. Gifted with lush forests and beautiful waters, the region is blessed with diverse wildlife. However, bit by bit, some of these natural wonders are being chipped away by the rapid modernisation that’s taken over the region.

13 March 2019
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ASEAN’s illegal wildlife trade goes online

With social media already playing a role in human trafficking, arms trading and drug smuggling, it is perhaps no surprise that the illegal wildlife trade is the latest cross-border crime to go online.Long known as a hub for wildlife trafficking, Southeast Asia’s unsavoury reputation has been enhanced by social media – with numerous cases of buyers and sellers conducting deals while hiding behind a cloak of anonymity.The region’s high mobile penetration rate offers buyers easy access to black

11 March 2019
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