37 spotted seal pups rescued from China traffickers released

BEIJING (AP) — Animal rights groups have cheered the release of 37 spotted seal pups rescued from traffickers into the wild in northern China. Humane Society International says the p...

Singapore seizes more pangolin scales in week's 2nd bust

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore has seized 14 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 21,000 endangered mammals in the second such bust in less than a week. The scales, which were en ...

Taiwan Can Help realize WHO’s Health for All: MOHW minister

Taiwan’s expertise in disease control and universal health coverage can help strengthen global medical development, and the nation is willing and able to share its experiences at the 72nd World ...

Eat red dates on Chunfen, spring equinox, in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today on the lunisolar calendar is Chunfen (春分), the spring equinox, when adherents to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believe the body needs special nourishment to adjust t...

TV dramas in China could be further spurring endangered pangolin trade

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Demand for byproducts made from one of the most trafficked animals in the world has been piqued in China due to the growing popularity of an originally rather niche intere...

As China's appetite grows, Brazil worries over future of donkey population

TAPEI (Taiwan News) – There are fears that the rampant demand for a particular traditional Chinese medicine made from donkey hide could threaten to drive some species, like those in Brazil to ne...

China’s ‘Ivory Queen’ trafficker sentenced to 15 years in Tanzania

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Yang Feng Glan, one of Tanzania’s most notorious ivory-trafficking criminals, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. CNN reports the network was told by Tanzan...

Hong Kong seizes $8 million in ivory, pangolin scales

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong customs officers have intercepted an illegal shipment of pangolin scales and ivory tusks worth more than $8 million. Acting on a tip from mainland Chinese ...

Photo of the Day: Chinese textbook warns drinking cold water can be deadly

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Many Western netizens are getting a laugh at a cartoon found by an American editor in a Chinese textbook warning children about the dangers of drinking cold water to the heart ...

Traditional Korean wrestling wins cultural heritage status

For one week the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will be holding their annual meeting on Mauritius to decide which traditional knowledge and...

China suspends rules allowing tiger bone, rhino horn trading

BEIJING (AP) — China says it is suspending rule changes allowing trading in tiger and rhinoceros parts, after the move to reverse a ban sparked an outcry from environmental groups. T...

China's medicinal tiger bones and rhino horns: tradition or travesty?

Last week China's State Council said the country would reverse a ban on the trade of products made from tigers and rhinos. Officials in Beijing said that trade volume would be "controlled&quo...

Foods eaten on Lidong, 1st day of winter, in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Today (Nov. 7) is Lidong (立冬), the first day of winter on the lunisolar calendar and as such, it is a time when Taiwanese traditionally prepare for the cold and soggy winter in...

China ends 25-year ban on rhino horn trade

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Tuesday defended Beijing's decision to ease a ban on the trade of rhinoceros horns and tiger parts, effectively lifting regulations put in place in 19...

China reverses ban on trade in tiger, rhino products

BEIJING (AP) — China says it will allow trading in products made from endangered tigers and rhinos under "special circumstances," reversing a previous ban and bringing condemnation from conservation g...