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2008-07-15 03:00:34

A Geneva meeting on endangered species will decide whether to let China import elephant ivory but the issue has already raised alarm among animal rights groups. Among the issues on the agenda of the five-day meeting of the U.N. Convention on Endangered Species is whether China should be allowed to import about 108 tons of African elephant ivory. The stockpile, offered for sale by Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, has come from culling operations in overpopulated areas, natural...

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2008-07-02 16:05:00

Illegal wildlife trade decimates tigers in Nepal's wildlife reserve WASHINGTON D.C. -- World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is alarmed by the dramatic decline of at least 30 percent in the Bengal tiger population of Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Nepal, once a refuge that boasted among the highest densities of the endangered species in the Eastern Himalayas. The recent survey of April 2008 showed a population of between 6-14 tigers, down from 20-50 tigers in 2005. The Government of Nepal made a...

2008-07-01 18:00:13

By From Staff Reports/ms, Picayune Item, Miss. Jul. 1--PICAYUNE -- A Picayune resident was among two men who have been sentenced for wildlife crimes after being caught in a federal sting operation called Operation Stone Duck. Samuel Necaise of Picayune, was sentenced to 3 years on one count of the sale of methamphetamine and two wildlife violations by Senior United States District Judge David C. Bramlette in federal court in Natchez, said Dunn Lampton, United States Attorney for the...

2008-06-28 09:02:19

By Robin Fitzgerald, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jun. 28--Two Coast men were sentenced to prison in a federal probe of illegal deer kills by spotlighting and poaching. Both men pleaded guilty to charges that include selling methamphetamine to undercover agents in an ongoing investigation known as Operation Stone Duck. U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette on Thursday sentenced Mark "Scope" Necaise of Kiln to 10 years and a month. Necaise pleaded guilty to selling meth and four...

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2008-06-10 15:45:00

Researchers from the Environmental Investigation Agency reported that Illegal "tiger bone wine" is still being made and sold by some animal parks in China.Campaigners say staff at two parks offered to sell them the drink"”made from tiger carcasses soaked in rice wine.The tigers are an endangered species and trading of their parts has been subject to an international ban since 1987 and has been outlawed in China since 1989.The tiger's numbers are dwindling despite global conservation...

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2008-02-13 00:35:00

Laws protecting the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger have failed to prevent tiger body parts being offered on open sale in Indonesia, according to a report issued today by TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring organization.Tiger body parts, including teeth, claws, skin pieces, whiskers and bones, were on sale in 10 percent of the 326 retail outlets surveyed during 2006 in 28 cities and towns across Sumatra.  Outlets included goldsmiths, souvenir and traditional Chinese medicine shops,...

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2007-12-06 16:35:31

LUCKNOW, India -- Police broke up a major tiger poaching ring in northern India, arresting an alleged kingpin and 15 others, police and wildlife officials said Thursday. In a rare success for India's embattled conservationists, police in the city of Allahabad raided a meeting Tuesday of suspected poachers, traders and couriers who were negotiating over three tiger pelts and skeletons, senior police official Arvind Chaturvedi said. Conservationists say the killing of tigers for their pelts and...

2006-08-30 13:37:44

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The remains of 100 African elephants killed for their tusks have been found in Chad not far from Sudan's troubled Darfur region, conservationists said on Wednesday. The discovery was made earlier this month by a team led by Mike Fay, a renowned conservationist and explorer with the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society and National Geographic. "... his team discovered five separate elephant massacre sites totaling 100 individuals...

2006-08-30 13:35:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The remains of 100 African elephants killed for their tusks have been found in Chad not far from Sudan's troubled Darfur region, conservationists said on Wednesday. The discovery was made earlier this month by a team led by Mike Fay, a renowned conservationist and explorer with the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society and National Geographic. "... his team discovered five separate elephant massacre sites totaling 100 individuals during a survey...

2006-08-30 14:21:53

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The remains of 100 African elephants killed for their tusks have been found in Chad not far from Sudan's troubled Darfur region, conservationists said on Wednesday. The discovery was made earlier this month by a team led by Mike Fay, a renowned conservationist and explorer with the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society and National Geographic. "... his team discovered five separate elephant massacre sites totaling 100 individuals...