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2010-03-18 10:40:00

Proposed bans of the exporting of a critically endangered species of tuna and the trade of polar bear skins, teeth and claws were defeated United Nations (UN) wildlife conference Thursday. Legislation to protect the critically endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna, popular as an ingredient in sushi, was proposed on March 17 during the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. Representatives from that country argued that the species stocks had...

2010-03-18 07:15:00

DOHA, Qatar, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ignoring the plight of polar bears, CITES Parties gathered in Doha at the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP 15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted to hasten the polar bear's demise by failing to support an uplisting to Appendix I which would have banned all international commercial trade in the bears and their parts. "CITES parties have turned their backs on this iconic...

2010-03-05 10:00:00

Hunts are of economic importance only to a handful of individuals WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study, The Economics of Polar Bear Trophy Hunting in Canada, jointly released today by Humane Society International and International Fund for Animal Welfare reveals that polar bear hunts provide little economic benefit to Canada's Inuit communities. The study shows that the income derived from polar bear trophy hunting amounts to only a small fraction of Northern Canada's...

2009-10-16 14:14:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society International and Defenders of Wildlife today commended the United States for submitting a proposal to next year's meeting of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to stop the international trade in polar bears. The meeting is set for March 13-25 in Doha, Qatar. "On May 8, 2009, Sec. Salazar said that he...

2008-09-02 09:15:00

ATLANTA (AP) -- The only panda born at a U.S. zoo so far this year was placed in an incubator on Monday for closer monitoring by zookeepers after visitors flocked to watch mother and child on a live video feed at Zoo Atlanta. Zoo officials said in a release they wanted to more closely watch the tiny, hairless cub -- which is the size of a stick of butter -- based on the behavior of the cub and its mother, Lun Lun, in the zoo's birthing den. The panda cub, the gender of which hasn't yet been...

2008-04-09 13:40:00

The German city of Nuremberg and officials at the city's zoo introduced a new polar bear cub, named Flocke, to the public Tuesday.   For months, the 4-month-old cub had only been seen in videos and photographs."Not only Nuremberg, but the whole world has been in Flocke fever," Horst Foerther, the city's deputy mayor, told the Associated Press.  Foerther said the cub has attracted millions of hits on Google.Amid a ceremony filled with fanfare and broadcast live around the...

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