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Legislation to Weaken the ESA will Undermine Efforts to Stop Trafficking and Protect Wildlife
WASHINGTON (October 5, 2017) – New harmful efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives would greatly diminish the Endangered Species Act, spelling disaster for many species.
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VIENTIANE, LAO PDR (May 19, 2016) – The following statement was issued today by Deputy Director of the WCS Lao PDR Country Program Santi Saypanya concerning a significant new penal code in Lao to crack down on wildlife traffickers with increased penalties.
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CITES CoP17: WCS Congratulates CITES Parties for Extending Protections to the African Grey Parrot
Johannesburg, SA (Oct. 2, 2016) – WCS congratulates the Parties to CITES for agreeing to transfer the African grey parrot from Appendix II to Appendix I, thereby prohibiting all international commercial trade. 
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CITES CoP17: Victory Today for Pangolins

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – (September 28, 2016) – WCS applauds the vote today to list all 8 species of pangolins in CITES Appendix I—the highest level of protection afforded by the treaty and a recognition that unfortunately, the species is indeed now threatened with extinction. 

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CITES CoP17: Conservationists Urge Immediate Action to End Poaching of Ploughshare Tortoise
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - September 26, 2016 - Unless the government of Madagascar takes swift action to enforce international anti-poaching and anti-trafficking laws, the country’s largest tortoise—the ploughshare tortoise (or angonoka tortoise)—will likely go extinct in the wild within the next two years. 
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WCS Joins Manhattan DA and NYS DEC Commissioner to Announce Historic Ivory Bust
New York, NY (Sept 22, 2016) – Man. District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) Commissioner Basil Seggos, and Wildlife Conser- vation Society (“WCS”) Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli, today announced the indictment of an antiques store, its owners, and a salesperson for selling and offering for sale illegal elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million.
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WCS Applauds Senate Passage of END Wildlife Trafficking Act

WASHINGTON (September 16, 2016) – WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) applauded the Senate’s passage of the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act. The legislation is led by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and would bolster wildlife trafficking law enforcement and increase support for wildlife rangers, including the transfer of military equipment for ranger use. The bill will now return to the House for final passage.

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China, Viet Nam and Lao PDR commit to enhanced cooperation and coordination to dismantle wildlife trafficking networks
(Guangzhou, August 30th 2016) - Enforcement agencies from China, Lao PDR and Viet Nam agreed on urgent measures to tackle wildlife trafficking networks operating across their countries. The Wildlife Conservation Society provided technical assistance to the meetings.
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WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) welcomed the Council of the European Union’s support for the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking this week. 
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WCS: Private Sector Must Be a Part of the Wildlife Trafficking Solution
WCS took part in a Public Forum of the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, which brings private sector companies together to fight wildlife trafficking. 
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