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Viruses from Field to Fork: Study Finds That Wildlife Supply Chains for Human Consumption Increase Coronaviruses’ Spillover Risk to People

A new study found that animals sampled in the wildlife-trade supply chain bound for human consumption had high proportions of coronaviruses, and that the proportion of positives significantly increases as animals travel from traders, to large markets, to restaurants.

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WCS COVID-19 Update:  WCS Issues Policy on Reducing Risk of Future Zoonotic Pandemics

To prevent future major viral outbreaks such as the COVID-19 outbreak, impacting human health, well-being, economies, and security on a global scale, WCS recommends stopping all commercial trade in wildlife for human consumption (particularly of birds and mammals) and closing all such markets.

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COVID-19 WCS News Statement: Viet Nam Prime Minister Proposes a Ban on Trade and Consumption of Wildlife

WCS issues a statement concerning important steps the Government of Viet Nam is taking to prevent future outbreaks of zoonotic pathogens like COVID-19.

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Laos, China and Viet Nam Enhance Cooperation to Combat Transnational Wildlife Trafficking Networks
April 7, 2016 – Frontline enforcement officers from key provinces, ports and border posts in Laos, China and Viet Nam completed an inter-agency field mission this week to share experiences, approaches and update the situation on wildlife smuggling networks along the major Indo-Burma trade route. 
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  A Ray of Hope for World’s Most Endangered Turtle
   (NEW YORK- May 25, 2015) – The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), San Diego Zoo Global and WCS’s Bronx Zoo announced today that working in conjunction with Changsha Zoo, Suzhou Zoo and the China Zoo Association, a female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei)—potentially the last female of her species—has been artificially inseminated. The procedure, which brought together top scientists from China, Australia and the United States, provides a ray of h...
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April 27--Indonesian National Police Seize Major Shipment of Pangolins, Arrest Smuggler

The Indonesian National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (BARESKRIM MABES POLRI), the Government of Indonesia, and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) today announced the seizure of a shipment of pangolins headed to China and valued at approximately 1.8 million US dollars (USD). 

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The following testimony was submitted today by Sara Marinello, WCS Executive Director of Government and Community Affairs, before the Connecticut General Assembly Committee on Environment:

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A copy of the testimony submitted today to the Hawaii House Committee on Water and Land in support of HB 837, which would help shut down the illegal trade in ivory currently decimating elephants across Africa. 
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Three Chinese big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) have hatched at WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo.
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NEW YORK (November 10, 2014) – Stopping Wildlife Crime? There’s an APP for that. According to a new publication from the Wildlife Conservation Society, new mobile applications and web-based formats are providing authorities with speedy access to information on hundreds of protected species, chats with online enforcement experts, and other resources used to identify and prosecute wildlife crime. “Law enforcement officials often have only a few minutes to decide whether or not to let an item thro...
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