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Australia: Snow leopard DNA found in Chinese medicine
Chinese medicine purchased over the counter in Australia has been found to contain the DNA of endangered species.
Laboratory testing of the capsules purchased in 2012 found they contained DNA from snow leopard - and possibly tiger. Both species are listed on the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species.
Roger Byard from Adelaide University's school of medicine said a research student purchased the traditional Chinese medicine from a shop at the Adelaide Central Market.
* Learn more about EIA's work to combat the commercial use of tiger and other Asian big cats products at ht.ly/XWc4f
... "The listed ingredients are often quite different from what is in there," Professor Byard said, adding that about 13 per cent of Chinese traditional medicines contained animal species.
He said there was no evidence that snow leopard, native to the mountains of central and south Asia, had any effect on arthritis.
"You could eat a snow leopard from its nose to its tail and still have aching joints," he said.
Full story at www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/snow-leopard-dna-found-in-chinese-medicine-sold-in-australia-2...
#Australia #leopards #tigers #TCM
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Japan: Slow lorises at high risk of illegal trade, report finds
The ongoing sale of the slow loris as an exotic pet in Japan — almost a decade after international trade of the small primate was banned — has led to a high risk of it being sold illegally, a recent survey has found.
In a report published in the Asian Primates Journal, an Oxford Brookes University research group found “inadequacies in Japan’s enforcement of national law,” calling for stronger penalties for offenders and tougher legislative regulations in the country.
Japan is known to be the world’s largest market for slow lorises, which mainly exist in South-East Asia. The primate, measuring up to 40 cm in length, can sell for as much as ¥1 million here.
International trading of the animal has been banned since 2007 under the Washington Convention. In Japan, slow lorises that were either obtained before the ban or bred domestically can be sold or transferred if they have a registration certificate issued by the Japan Wildlife Research Center.
But the research group signaled that the registration system had loopholes.
... The group also said people involved in illegal trade are “not likely to be deterred from continuing their activities” when considering the rate and price at which slow lorises are sold in Japan, where penalties are weak.
Full story at www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/04/national/crime-legal/endangered-slow-lorises-illegally-sold-...
#Japan #slowloris #pets
Image: Left, Slow lorises are popular in the exotic pet trade, by Jellrancher; right, slow lorises have their front teeth cut or pulled before being sold as pets, a practice that often causes infection and death, by International Animal Rescue ... See MoreSee Less
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European Commission must act over HFC “stockpile”
BELGIUM: A leading fluorocarbon watchdog has called on the EC and member states to demand verification of HFC import data following concerns of refrigerant stockpiling.
Urgent action is demanded by the European Fluorocarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) after latest data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) revealed that there had potentially been large-scale stockpiling of HFCs in 2014 – the year before the F-gas cap and phase-down mechanism was introduced.
First revealed by the Cooling Post last month, imports of HFC refrigerants into Europe almost doubled to 122,781 tonnes (260.9Mt CO2‑equivalent) in 2014.
The EFCTC has called for all import data to be verified in order to better understand the impacts of the potential HFC stockpiles on EU emissions and on the functioning of the F-gas regulation. It also calls for sanctions to be applied to on any importers found to have failed to comply with the F-gas regulations.
Responding to the potential of large stockpiles of HFCs, the EFCTC said: “It has been suggested that potentially tens of thousands of tonnes of HFCs have been imported during 2014 in anticipation of a cap and phase-down mechanism that has taken effect on January 1, 2015. Consequently substantial quantities are believed to have been available for use in 2015 and much may still available in 2016.”
Read the full story at www.coolingpost.com/world-news/ec-must-act-over-hfc-stockpile/
#HFCs #Fgases #refrigeration #Europe #climate
* Find out more about the European F-Gas Regulation and watch a short film on HFCs at eia-international.org/our-work/climate/f-gas-regulation ... See MoreSee Less
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