Laos Overlooked In Ivory Trade Blitz

The Suvarnabhumi airport bust last April weighed out at four tonnes for 700 elephant tusks, the biggest illegal ivory seizure in Thai history. It now has emerged the shipment was bound for Vientiane and Laos officials intervened to try to stop the seizure.
But there was a major omission in the operation, which took place over the past four months and uncovered more than 1,300 elephant tusks: There was no cooperation with and no arrests in the country to which ….

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28 New Species Discovered In Laos: WWF

A soul-sucking ‘dementor’ wasp, a stealthy wolf snake and the world’s second longest insect are among the 139 new species discovered by scientists in the Greater Mekong region in 2014, including 28 species in Laos.
The species are described in a new report, “Magical Mekong”, released yesterday by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The species in Laos include 17 plants, 9 reptiles, one mammal and one fish. According to the report, of particular interest is the …..

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Outbreak of Hoof-and-Mouth Disease Kills Livestock in Laos

Veterinarians in Laos are vaccinating more than 1,000 heads of cattle in a suburb of the capital Vientiane, after hundreds of the animals died from a recent outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease, according to the head of government’s livestock and fisheries department.
Bounkhouang Khambounheuang, director general of the Department of Livestock and Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, told RFA’s Lao Service that he had dispatched workers with more than …..

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