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Illegal Trade Of Caviar Curbed By International Regulation
2012-07-26 05:56:52

DNA testing of retail black caviar conducted by scientists from the Institute for Conservation Science at Stony Brook University and American Museum of Natural History indicates trade policy can help reduce the incidence of caviar mislabeling Research that used mitochondrial DNA-based testing to compare the extent of fraudulent labeling of black caviar purchased before and after international protection shows conservation benefits. A team of scientists from the Institute for Conservation...

2010-12-23 09:52:00

MOSCOW, Dec. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) announced today that eight endangered gyrfalcons, rescued from a failed smuggling operation in Moscow last month, were successfully released back to the wild. Prior to their release, the birds underwent four weeks of rehabilitation and were transported to the peninsula of Kamchatka, part of the falcon's winter home range. The endangered falcons were seized by customs officials on November...

2010-03-26 07:27:00

Pew calls conference on global trade in endangered species a major disappointment DOHA, Qatar, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) concluded without providing any trade protections whatsoever for severely depleted Atlantic bluefin tuna and four vulnerable species of sharks - scalloped hammerhead, oceanic white tip, porbeagle and spiny dogfish. "We cannot continue to...

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2010-03-25 14:25:00

The UN wildlife trade body withdrew protection Thursday for the cold-water porbeagle shark, reversing the only decision made during the 13-day conference to protect high-value marine species. At the final plenary session in Doha, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) denied Appendix II status for the porbeagle, which is fished mainly for its meat. This is a victory for Japan and China, who opposed all of seven proposals related to commercial marine species....

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2010-03-25 10:45:00

African gorillas and great apes are facing a number of issues that threaten their existence, and could reduce their numbers substantially by 2030, according to a March 24 report. The study, entitled "The Last Stand of the Gorilla - Environmental Crime and Conflict" and presented at the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Qatar, has concluded that illegal logging, mining, poaching, and illness are forcing gorillas closer to extinction while also...

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2010-03-25 06:48:28

Thursday, the last day of the UN wildlife meeting in Doha, could be the turnaround day for the protection of elephants and two species of sharks that were earlier disregarded by delegates at the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The final plenary session of CITES validates decisions made over the previous 12 days, but a motion to reopen the debate supported by a third of the delegates could lead to a new vote, giving hope for conservationists. The...

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2010-03-23 14:00:00

The UN wildlife trade group shot down bids on Tuesday to regulate trade on two species of sharks threatened with extinction from overfishing, setting off backfire from angry conservation activists. Millions of hammerhead and white-tip sharks are taken from their ocean habitats every year, mainly for the growing demand for sharkfin soup, a delicacy in Chinese communities around the world. The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) rejected the US-sponsored...

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2010-03-23 06:20:00

The United Nations has rejected proposed one-time ivory sales, giving conservationists a rare victory during the annual Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. Tanzania and Zambia had both requested permission to sell stockpiled ivory. Tanzania asked for permission to sell 200,000 pounds to Japan and China, but their request was denied by the U.N. for fear it would contribute to an already existing rise in poaching. Shortly thereafter, Zambia withdrew a...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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