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2010-11-09 11:50:00

A report released Tuesday states that the illegal trade in tiger parts has led to over 1,000 wild tigers being killed over the past decade. Traffic International, a wildlife trade monitoring network, found that skins, bones and claws were among the most common items seized by officials. It said that trade continues unabated despite efforts to protect the cats. Tiger numbers have fallen from about 100,000 individuals to just about 3,500 over the past century. The study estimates that...

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2010-10-06 06:04:18

South Africa on Tuesday launched a new wildlife crime unit that will take rhino poaching head on in an attempt to stop the dramatic surge of senseless killings for the animal's horn that is sold for use in traditional medicines. Rhino poaching has climbed in South Africa this year, with 227 rhinos slaughtered so far, almost double the 122 killed in all of last year. A two-day rhino summit meeting was assembled on Tuesday by Environment Minister Buyelwa Sonjica to get wildlife experts and...

2010-09-14 07:04:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today praised the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee and its chairmen, Sen. Richard L. Alloway II (R-33) and Sen. Richard A. Kasunic (D-32), and the House Game and Fisheries Committee and its chairmen, Rep. Edward G. Staback (D-Lackawanna) and Rep. Ron Miller (R-York), for yesterday's passage of a bill that will protect wildlife by preventing those convicted of poaching in...

2010-09-07 07:54:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said, starting today, the Commonwealth has begun to reverse its reputation of being a state with minimal risks for chronic poachers as new penalties - including higher fines and possible jail time - go into effect. "Some chronic or commercial poachers considered Pennsylvania's previous fines as merely a 'cost of doing business,'" Roe said. "However, the Pennsylvania General...

2010-05-11 13:58:00

READING, Pa., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials today announced that Roy Gordon Lovell, 74, of Glen Rock pled guilty to one count of the unlawful killing of a Canada goose and one count of false or fraudulent statements to an officer on April 28. The charges stemmed from an incident on April 20, in Codorus Township, York County. "Although there is a lawful hunting season for the taking of Canada geese, the violation occurred during the closed...

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2010-05-11 06:37:29

Tiger poachers in Bangladesh could soon face harsher prison sentences once new amendments to the existing poaching laws take effect, which is primarily aimed at protecting the critically endangered Bengal tiger, an official said on Monday. The existing law, which dates back to 1974, sets the maximum penalty for poaching or smuggling to a fine of 30 US dollars (2,000 taka) and a two-year prison term. The current laws are too compassionate to preserve the country's endangered big game...

2010-04-16 13:32:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) Rick Finnegan recently completed two cases involving the illegal killing of a tundra swan and a white-tailed deer in Sullivan County. Jesse Richart, 21, of Forksville, Sullivan County, was cited for illegally killing a tundra swan in March of 2009 in northern Sullivan County. "A concerned citizen called me with information that he had been watching a pair of tundra swans...

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2010-03-23 06:20:00

The United Nations has rejected proposed one-time ivory sales, giving conservationists a rare victory during the annual Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Doha, Qatar. Tanzania and Zambia had both requested permission to sell stockpiled ivory. Tanzania asked for permission to sell 200,000 pounds to Japan and China, but their request was denied by the U.N. for fear it would contribute to an already existing rise in poaching. Shortly thereafter, Zambia withdrew a...

2010-03-19 15:15:00

WASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has appealed to President Obama and the US government to support Kenya, the birthplace of Obama's father, which is leading efforts by 20 African nations to maintain elephant protection and oppose ivory trade at the CITES meeting in Doha. On Monday delegates will vote on whether to "downlist" elephant populations from Zambia and Tanzania from the protected level of "Appendix 1" to enable resumed...

2010-03-17 15:55:00

Doha, Qatar "“ Urgent law enforcement action by governments in Central and West Africa and South-east Asia is crucial to addressing the illicit ivory trade, according to a new analysis of elephant trade data released today. Detailed regional summaries of the data held in the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), the world's largest database on ivory seizures, highlight the failure of law enforcement in key elephant range States facing an increasing threat from organised crime and...