How Laos’ Black Market Undermines China’s Ivory Ban

As tour buses pull up in front of San Jiang Market, not far from Wattay International Airport, a guide beckons to a group of Chinese tourists. They soon disappear into the jungle of shops bearing signs in Chinese characters, many of which sell “local specialties,” or any illicit wildlife product imaginable.

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More Than A Thousand Furniture Plants Ordered To Shut Down

The government has ordered some 1,154 family-unit furniture plants across the country to shut down their illegal operations, a government spokesman announced yesterday.
Additionally, more than 20 wood processing plants located in or near conservation and protected forests areas were also ordered to close down.
The order was approved at …..

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