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2009-10-08 13:11:00

United States and European Union to Seek Trade Protection for Imperiled Species. LONDON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SeaWeb's Too Precious to Wear campaign hailed today's announcement that the United States and the European Union will seek international trade protection for red and pink coral. "This decision is a major step toward safeguarding the future of these species and the livelihoods that depend on them," said Dawn M. Martin, president of SeaWeb. The European Commission...

2009-09-25 13:00:00

Decision hinges on outcomes of Mediterranean red coral workshop, held in Naples this week. WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SeaWeb's Too Precious to Wear campaign and WWF are urging European Union member states to support a request from the United States on the regulation of trade in red and pink coral, saying it would be "a major step forward in protecting some of the most sought-after species in the ocean." The push for support comes at a workshop on the species this...

2009-08-31 09:23:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare, Humane Society International, and Defenders of Wildlife have urged the United States to lead the way to end international commercial trade in polar bears, including hides, trophies, rugs and other polar bear parts. The United States has an opportunity to submit a proposal to stop the trade at next year's meeting of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna...

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2009-08-24 12:34:11

Experts say endangered species are being threatened by Internet advertisements asking people adopt "playful primates" from Cameroon, AFP reported. It is illegal and forbidden to deal primates in the central African country. But one environmental activist in the front line said that over the past three years the Internet has led to a flourishing trade in endangered species. The Last Great Ape Organization (Laga-Cameroon) is a small non-governmental organization that works in conjunction with...

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2009-08-24 06:15:00

A spokeswoman said Saturday that the European Union (EU) will decide in the autumn whether to add bluefin tuna to a list of threatened species, a move that would put a temporary ban on selling the fish species in world markets. "An EU position will be established this autumn, in line with the normal process for the preparation of the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) meeting," said the European Commission spokeswoman, Katharina von Schnurbein. She said the...

2009-08-05 11:31:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rene Soliz of Alice, Texas, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi, Texas, to serve three years of supervised probation, 250 hours of community service and pay a $1,500 fine for violating the Lacey Act by attempting to receive 15 Tanzanian leopard tortoises that were transported into the United States, the Justice Department announced. Prior to his sentencing and as part of a plea agreement with the government, Soliz...

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2009-07-28 14:10:00

The increase in demand for bluefin tuna has resulted in a call from Monaco and CITES to place Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna on the world's endangered species list.Monaco and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) claim that the increased demand for bluefin tuna has caused the species' population to decline in the Atlantic and Mediterranean during the past 10 years.Monaco said the bluefin population in the west Atlantic has...

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2009-07-10 13:40:48

Some experts say that tiger farming can help the large cat's population flourish, although other experts argue that it would only fuel demand for illegal trade of the endangered cat's pelts, bones and body. "Domestic trade in tiger parts and derivatives has been banned across the world since the late 1990s," said Juan Vasquez, a spokesman for CITES - the UN body that regulates trade in endangered species - adding that illicit trade was still flourishing. "Since tigers can be bred very...

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2009-07-09 12:41:50

Rhino poaching is expected to hit its highest levels in 15 years due to increased demand for the animals' horns in Asia, according to conservationists. "Rhinos are in a desperate situation," according to Heather Sohl of the World Wildlife Fund. "This is the worst rhino poaching we have seen in many years and it is critical for governments to stand up and take action to stop this deadly threat to rhinos worldwide. It is time to crack down on organized criminal elements responsible for this...

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2009-06-19 09:11:06

Legal loopholes and insufficient law enforcement mean that Thailand continues to harbor the largest illegal ivory market in Asia, says a new report from the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. The report also raises concerns that legal provisions governing trade in domesticated elephants are providing cover for illegal trade in wild-caught, highly-endangered Asian elephants from both Thailand and neighboring Myanmar. TRAFFIC's survey documented over 26,000 worked ivory products for...