Dogs of War: Labradors on the wildlife crime frontline

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How detector dog programmes in China are paying dividends in the fight against wildlife traffickers

On 27 March 2014 the arrivals hall of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China was bustling with passengers as usual. Jin Kai, a detector dog with the Guangzhou Customs Anti-Smuggling Police and one of the first graduates of a new training programme, was carrying out a routine inspection of baggage.

Suddenly Jin Kai reacted strongly to the suitcase of an inbound passenger. A customs officer checked the luggage and found 13 ivory bracelets, weighing a total of 420 grams. Read on

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Peter has a career in publishing and conservation spanning more than four decades. His most recent project has been the development of Untold Africa, a meeting place for intelligent, engrossing and entertaining dialogue for a global community of like-minded people - people who share a common passion for the wild places of Africa, the creatures that inhabit them, and the breadth of African culture. See more

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