- A rhino horn smuggler in South Africa was sentenced to a jail term of 40 years for his role in a crime syndicate that orchestrated poaching.
- After citizens took to the streets to march against poaching, Kenya has put forward a new wildlife law that increases penalties.
- In Russia, a tiger poacher was sentenced to 14 months disciplinary labor and a $18,500 fine for shooting one of the rare cats.
- Japan moved to set prison sentences for wildlife crimes up to 5 years.
- Guns and ammunition used to kill elephants has been banned across Gabon. The country is also revamping its legislation to strengthen penalties.
- WWF supporters in the UK sent 5,000 letters to their representatives asking that wildlife enforcement be allocated more resources.
- Members of the UN’s Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal justice passed a resolution declaring illicit wildlife trafficking to be a “serious crime” requiring sentences of 4 years or more.
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