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2010-03-13 08:32:13

WWF and TRAFFIC welcome a World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) statement urging its members not to use tiger bone or any other parts from endangered wildlife. The statement was made at a symposium Friday in Beijing and notes that some of the claimed medicinal benefits of tiger bone have no basis. The use of tiger bones was removed from the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) pharmacopeia in 1993, when China first introduced a domestic ban on tiger trade. "Tiger conservation...

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2010-03-12 07:59:09

An international convention will meet next week to decide whether to grant requests from Tanzania and Zambia to lower the protection status of their elephants, allowing them to conduct one-time sales of stockpiled ivory. An international team of 27 conservationists, writing in the March 12 edition of Science, says allowing the sale could lead to increased slaughter of elephants for their ivory throughout Africa. The team says there was a sharp increase in poaching even before 2007, when the...

2010-02-05 09:07:00

Secretariat of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species recommends increased trade protection for red and pink corals. GENEVA, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Countries participating in a major endangered species trade conference in March must back better protection for red and pink coral, according to SeaWeb and WWF. These coral species are disappearing because of overfishing to make jewelry. Red and pink coral (also known as Corallium) are a type of deep-sea precious...

2010-02-03 16:07:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Susan Lieberman, director of international policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to a declaration from France of support for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) proposal to prohibit international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna. "The Atlantic bluefin tuna, perhaps the most iconic and valuable fish in the sea, have been overfished to the point where an international...

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2009-12-22 13:55:00

On the eve of a an international conference aiming to protect the world's endangered species, a number of African nations are struggling to reach a consensus on whether they should allow new stockpiles of ivory to be dumped on the markets. As elephant populations have rebounded over most of the continent in recent years and poachers are making higher-than-ever profits on illicit ivory sales, a number of officials have begun arguing that troves of confiscated ivory should be sold legally by...

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2009-12-02 10:30:00

Rhino poaching worldwide is on the rise, according to a new report by TRAFFIC and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The trade is being driven by Asian demand for horns and is made worse by increasingly sophisticated poachers, who now are using veterinary drugs, poison, cross bows and high caliber weapons to kill rhinos, the report states. Since 2006 the majority (95 percent) of the poaching in Africa has occurred in Zimbabwe and South Africa, according to new...

2009-10-30 17:29:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal jury in Aberdeen, S.D., has found a South Dakota man guilty for smuggling the hide of a leopard into the United States in violation of the Convention on International Trade in Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), an international treaty that regulates international shipments of listed species, to which the United States and 172 other countries are members. The leopard allegedly was hunted and killed in South Africa illegally. Wayne D....

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2009-10-21 12:55:00

Environmental groups and international agencies are submitting their proposals to ban trade of certain products derived from endangered species. The proposals have been issued to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) prior to its triennial meeting in Qatar next year. Tanzania and Zambia have requested to lift a trade embargo on ivory in order to control the amount of elephant tusks being traded internationally. Another primary concern in Qatar is expected to be...

2009-10-20 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) today called upon the United States and the world community to renew its commitment to the global ivory ban, which has been systematically undermined to the point where elephants could soon disappear from the face of the earth. Established by the U.S. and the other signatories to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) 20 years ago today, the ivory trade ban...

2009-10-14 12:27:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joshua Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, today issued the following statement on the United States' failure to co-sponsor a proposal for consideration by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) that would protect Atlantic bluefin tuna. The proposal was made by Monaco to ban the international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna through a listing of the species on Appendix I...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
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