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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...

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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...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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