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"Pick Up Your Defense" Carmelo Anthony Tells Animals

Denver Nuggets star and one of the hottest young NBA players, Carmelo Anthony gives endangered animals a voice by starring in a new WildAid public service announcement to raise awareness of the illegal demand for endangered species parts and products. The illegal wildlife trade, now estimated by Interpol to be worth $10 to 20 billion a year, has drastically reduced numerous wildlife populations and has some teetering on the brink of extinction – all because of growing consumer demand.

Endangered Wildlife Moves Up Wealthy Chinese Menus

Chinese police have seized hundreds of bear paws and dead pangolins smuggled into China where they are prized as an expensive culinary delicacy with uses in traditional medicine.

Police made 20 arrests in a smuggling ring in the south-western province of Yunnan, seizing 278 bear paws and 416 pangolins which had been brought in by lorry or train from Yunnan to three neighbouring provinces between December and January this year, according to a report in the Yunnan Daily.

The pangolins, which resemble armadillos, had been injected with tranquillisers to keep them quiet.

Bo Derek and WildAid Featured on News Segment Spotlighting Illegal Wildlife Trade

Washington, April 21: WildAid Board member and Actress Bo Derek, who has been very active in promoting Veteran's Afffairs and horse protection in the US, was appointed U.S. special envoy of the Secretary of State for Wildlife Trafficking Issues in a ceremony at the State Department. Derek said she was honored to accept such a "daunting" role and to do her part to help raise awareness of wildlife issues. WildAid Director Peter Knights also spoke at the ceremony and presented WildAid public service announcements to the gathered audience.

Operation Charm: Dying for a Cure - MET Tackles Wildlife Crime

A major Metropolitan Police initiative against the illegal sale of endangered species in London's Chinese medicine shops is launched today with the support of the Chinese community and Britain's leading wildlife charities. The new initiative will see a tough new focus on Chinese medicine practitioners selling goods that are made from, or even claim to be made from, endangered species. The launch takes place at New Scotland Yard at 11am today, and is run under the banner of Operation Charm, by the MET's Wildlife Crime Unit.

Groups Release TV Spot Urging Nations to Reject Reopening of China Tiger Trade

In advance of the world's largest wildlife trade meeting next week, 35 organisations have launched a powerful, 4-minute television spot urging China to keep its ban on tiger trade.

One of the UK's leading actors, Martin Jarvis, lent his voice to the spot, which details the consequences that reopening legal trade would have on wild tigers. The public service announcement can be viewed at http://www.endtigertrade.org.

Actor Advocates Animal Rights in Toronto

It's not unusual for animal-rights activists to visit the Ontario legislature, but yesterday's famous speaker had no problem attracting attention.

Actor and activist Bo Derek ignited some excitement at Queen's Park during a visit to speak about endangered and trafficked species and to promote the website Wildaid.org.

Politicians greeted Derek in the legislature and journalists rushed to an impromptu question-and-answer session with the former Playboy cover girl.

The 50-year-old actor, famed for her role in the movie 10, spoke about the illegal trade of animal parts.

World Governments Reject Tiger Farming and Trade; A Victory for Wild Tigers, Coalition Says

Tigers should not be bred for trade in their parts, governments gathered here said today, approving a decision to strengthen conservation of wild tigers.

“This was a major victory for wild tigers, which could be quickly wiped out by poaching if there is a legal market anywhere,” said Uttara Mendiratta of Wildlife Protection Society of India, on behalf of the 35 member organizations of the International Tiger Coalition.

Kung Fu Magazine hosts Tiger Champion Competion

This year, 2010, is the Year of the Tiger. In honor of this noble creature, we are working to help save wild tigers. Tiger Claw’s 2nd KungFuMagazine.com Championship and Shark City Nationals are cooperating with the non-profit Tiger Claw Foundation to bring attention to the plight of the tiger. We are all supporting WildAid, an international non-profit organization. Their mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade within our lifetimes.

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