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Illegal Wildlife Trade


WCS Praises California Senate for Passing Ivory Ban
WCS and the 96 Elephants campaign praise the California Senate for passing AB 96, state legislation that would ban the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state of California.
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WCS Congratulates the United Nations General Assembly for Passing Wildlife Trafficking Resolution
New York - July 30, 2015 - The United Nations General Assembly today passed a sweeping resolution that targets the global problem of wildlife trafficking, calling on all 193 UN member states (governments of the world) to take on a series of actions to “prevent, combat, and eradicate the illegal trade in wildlife.”
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WCS Comments on Obama's Ivory Remarks from Kenya
New York - July 25, 2015  –The following statement was released today by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper, who also serves on the U.S. Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking. Samper’s statement concerns remarks by President Obama delivered in Kenya on ivory.
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July 20 - In Indonesia, A Major Ivory Trader Arrested by the Bengkulu Police

Polda Bengkulu (Bengkulu Police) supported by Polres Kaur (District Police), the Government of Indonesia, WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU), TRAFFIC, and the Rhino Protection Unit (RPU) announced today the arrest of an Asian elephant ivory trader.

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Major Manta Ray Trader Caught in Indonesia
July 17, 2015 – The Larantuka District Police, the Government of Indonesia, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) announced today the arrest of a trader of sharks and rays in Indonesia, home to the largest shark fisheries on earth.
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July 16- Orangutan Trader Sentenced in Indonesia
Orangutan trader Vast Haris Nugroho was sentenced to two years in prison and fined 10 million Indonesian rupia (IDR) , the equivalent of $750 USD, in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. 
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Mozambique makes a stand against wildlife crime
July 6th, 2015 – Mozambique made a strong stand against wildlife crime today by burning a recently seized stockpile of 2434.6 kg ivory and 86 pieces of rhino horn weighing 193.5Kg.
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Government of Mozambique to destroy ivory and rhino horn
July 6, 2015 -- Mozambique’s National Conservation Areas Authority (ANAC) today announced a plan to destroy a recently seized stockpile of ivory and rhino horn. This will happen on Monday 6th July in Maputo.
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WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli issued the following statement following the passage of Trade Promotion Authority
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The following statement is from John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Director of the 96 Elephants Campaign, on today’s House Foreign Affairs Committee markup of H.R. 2494, the Global Anti-Poaching Act.
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