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2011-02-07 13:45:00

A fisheries watchdog said on Monday that Russia has resumed sturgeon caviar exports to the European Union (EU) after a nine-year ban. Alexander Savelyev, a spokesman for the Federal Fisheries Agency, said that Russia has decided to allow exports to Europe of up to 330 pounds of black caviar from farmed fish as "a symbolic volume." "The goal is to break the ice which has formed over the past nine years when not a single permit was issued for exports of the black caviar from Russia," Savelyev...

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2011-02-01 06:28:57

Twenty-one rhinos in South Africa have been killed so far this year despite measures adopted to halt the surge of poaching after a record number of rhinos were killed in 2010, the head of the South African National Parks said Monday. "The loss of 333 rhinos to poaching in 2010 was a devastating loss for us but we are determined that in 2011 that should not happen," parks chief David Mabunda said in a statement. Although rhinos are still being killed, Mabunda told AFP that the government's...

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2011-01-13 07:30:00

2010 was the worst year for rhinos as 333 were lost to poaching in South Africa, almost three times more than the previous year's losses, the country's parks agency said on Wednesday. Reynold Thakhuli, spokesman for the National Parks Agency, told AFP that "this has definitely been the worst year for rhino poaching -- this is the highest number ever recorded." However, anti-poaching programs were showing some promise, the agency said. Five suspected poachers were shot and killed at the...

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2010-12-23 06:00:00

A growing black-market demand for rhino horns is driving a profitable new wave of high-tech poaching that threatens the fight to save the rhinoceros from extinction. The heart of the crisis lies in South Africa, where nearly one rhinoceros per day was lost to poaching this year alone. Conservationists fear the issue could run over into other regions, pushed by a surge in the demand for the horn in Asia, most notably in Vietnam, where it is used as a traditional medicine and can sell for...

2010-12-21 14:38:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jeffrey Flocken, D.C. Office Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement on the recent Congressional actions to protect wildlife: "Congress has made great strides in the past several days toward protecting sharks; however, it's important that they recognize their work in conserving wildlife is far from done. The passage of a bill to end the cruel practice of shark finning was a significant...

2010-12-17 08:37:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that, on Jan. 1, Pennsylvania officially will become the 36th member state of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, under which the worst of convicted wildlife violators will stand to lose their hunting privileges in all states enrolled in the Compact. "The coming New Year will bring a whole new penalty for those who are convicted of some of the worst...

2010-11-20 00:00:47

Black markets along Myanmar, Thailand and China's shared borders play a crucial role in facilitating the deadly illicit trade in tigers and other endangered species, according to a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC report in the lead up to the Global Tiger Forum taking place next week in St. Petersburg, Russia. Washington, DC (Vocus) November 19, 2010 Black markets along Myanmar, Thailand and China's shared borders play a crucial role in facilitating the deadly illicit trade in...

2010-11-14 00:14:59

With as few as 3,200 Tigers in the Wild, Experts Discuss Goal of Doubling Wild Tiger Numbers and Tackling Issues Such as Poaching, Habitat Loss and Captive Tigers. Washington, DC (Vocus) November 12, 2010 World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC International will hold a joint media briefing by teleconference on Tuesday, Nov. 16 ahead of the upcoming International Tiger Forum, which takes place later this month in St. Petersburg. Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will host a heads of...

2010-11-10 08:00:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) is moving three tigers from a closed sanctuary in San Antonio, Texas to Pittsboro, North Carolina. The tigers will be transported on a 36-foot rescue trailer and cover more than 1,300 miles to their new life-long home at the Carolina Tiger Rescue sanctuary. Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn, WAO, the Wild Animal Orphanage, decided to close their doors. Working...

2010-11-10 00:00:39

Wild Tiger Numbers in Steep Decline, Down from 100,000 a Century Ago to As Few As 3,200 Today Washington, DC (Vocus) November 9, 2010 Parts of at least 1,069 tigers have been seized in tiger range countries over the past decade, according to new analysis of tiger seizures carried out by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. "Reduced to Skin and Bones" shows that from January 2000 to April 2010, parts of between 1,069 and 1,220 tigers were seized in 11 of the 13 tiger range...