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Politicians and top officials could be involved in poaching

Politicians and top officials could be involved in poaching | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it

Conservation groups in the country have called upon the government to investigate the possible links of politicians and influential businessmen to an international ivory smuggling ring operating in Zimbabwe.

 

Johnny Rodrigues, the head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said the recent discovery of over 100 elephant carcasses killed by cyanide in Hwange national park shows that there is a sophisticated group of people involved in poaching.

 

If Zimbabwe does not find long term solutions to stop poaching, the country’s ecological system will be severely compromised, explained Rodrigues....


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The possibility of all the money they can earn off of the poached Ivory is just to much of a temptation for people who are dirt poor compared to other Countries. 

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Lucky the Elephant Will Get Her Day in Court

Lucky the Elephant Will Get Her Day in Court | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
The San Antonio Zoo will face an October trial on claims it violates the Endangered Species Act through its treatment of Lucky the Asian elephant, who has been at the center of a two-year legal bat…
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Trove of new horror species discovered in Australian abyss

Trove of new horror species discovered in Australian abyss | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
A month-long expedition off Australia's coast has returned with a whole new collection of abyssal beasts.
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Oregon Cattlemen's to Fish & Wildlife: "Get moooo-ving."

Oregon Cattlemen's to Fish & Wildlife: "Get moooo-ving." | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
PLF Liberty Blog - Donor-supported PLF (www.pacificlegal.org) is the leading watchdog organization that litigates, without charge, for limited government, property rights, individual rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations, in courts nationwide.
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Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats

Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
Unexpected move reverses a trend that has seen increasing numbers of large carnivores shot by hunters each year since Romania’s accession to the European Union
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New Federal and International Measures Protect Endangered Species

New Federal and International Measures Protect Endangered Species | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
The last week has seen major national and international developments to address wildlife trafficking, and states are positioned to take even stronger action. On September 21, the U.S. House of Repr…
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Has hope become the most endangered species in conservation?

Has hope become the most endangered species in conservation? | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
As wildlife continues to decline around the world, conservation has become a bleak calling. Can a new Optimism Summit help reframe the mission to save life on Earth?
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World’s Nations Take A Stand To Save The Helmeted Hornbill From Extinction

World’s Nations Take A Stand To Save The Helmeted Hornbill From Extinction | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
Governments at CITES CoP17 took action today calling for stricter enforcement from all nations to prevent the extinction of the helemted hornbill. The CITES Parties agreed to adopt a strong Resolut…
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50 Native Tribes Join Fight to Prevent Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

50 Native Tribes Join Fight to Prevent Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
Tribal leaders from the U.S. and Canada signed a joint treaty opposing the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's proposed delisting of Yellowstone grizzly bears.
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Famed Ringling circus elephants arrive in Florida for retirement

Famed Ringling circus elephants arrive in Florida for retirement | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
In they lumbered, up to a 100-foot-long table piled high with hay, celery, carrots, and lettuce. Then, they munched. It was a welcome home brunch on Friday for Ringling Brothers Barnum an
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3.2 Million Wild Animals Killed By U.S. Last Year, War On Animals Continues

3.2 Million Wild Animals Killed By U.S. Last Year, War On Animals Continues | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
The U.S. government is showing no signs of stopping their war against wildlife, but you can help.
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Poachers target endangered bird’s ‘ivory’ beak in Southeast Asia to sell to China

Poachers target endangered  bird’s ‘ivory’ beak in Southeast Asia to sell to China | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
Some call it “ivory on wings,” part of the bill of a critically endangered bird in Southeast Asia that is sought by poachers and carved into ornaments for illegal sale to Chines
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Rusty-Patched Bumblebees May Soon Join List Of Endangered Species

Rusty-Patched Bumblebees May Soon Join List Of Endangered Species | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
Wildlife officials in the United States have proposed to place the rusty-patched bumblebee under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. If it happens, the bumblebee will be the first bee species to achieve this status.
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Hunting A Sticking Point In Grizzly Delisting Plans

Hunting A Sticking Point In Grizzly Delisting Plans | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
Grizzly bears may be taken off the Endangered Species list soon. And, hunts are part of Wyoming’s bear management plans. Those planned hunts are drawing
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Experts outline nonlethal measures to prevent wolf depredation

Experts outline nonlethal measures to prevent wolf depredation | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
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Wyoming Governor Attacks Endangered Species Act

Wyoming Governor Attacks Endangered Species Act | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has attacked the Endangered Species Act, saying, “It’s not good industry, it’s not good for business and, quite frankly, it’s not good for the species.” He added that Wyoming “can’t be a zoo for endangered species” and that the Act is not just bad for Wyoming, but for the country. Mead’s remarks came during a speech to the Wyoming Mining Association on Friday, June 16th in Sheridan, Wyo.
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Californians wave the flag in fight over Yellowstone-area grizzly bears

Californians wave the flag in fight over Yellowstone-area grizzly bears | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
More than 100,000 people have weighed in over a Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove the grizzly bear population around Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks from Endangered Species Act protection.
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Are celebs the best hope for saving endangered species? - BBC News

Are celebs the best hope for saving endangered species? - BBC News | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
Are celebrities having a bigger impact on saving species than the body tasked with regulating the trade in threatened animals and plants?
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The world just agreed to the strongest protections ever for endangered animals

The world just agreed to the strongest protections ever for endangered animals | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
The new CITES treaty of world governments covers exotic anteaters called pangolins, African grey parrots, sharks, rays and more. And it still might not be enough.
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Thailand Suspends Exports of Seahorses

Thailand Suspends Exports of Seahorses | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
Set foot in any beach town and you might see paintings of seahorses hanging in a restaurant or plastic seahorse toys sold in stores. The mythical creatures are used as symbols of marine life around…
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World unites to save pangolin

World unites to save pangolin | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
Conservationists succeeded in eliciting the support of 19 countries to totally ban all trade, except for scientific research, of the endangered pangolin – an animal that has earned the unfortunate label of “the most trafficked mammal” in the world.
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Feds list 7 Hawaii bee species as endangered, a first in US

Feds list 7 Hawaii bee species as endangered, a first in US | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
HONOLULU (AP) — Federal authorities on Friday added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii's only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act, a first for any bees in the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the listing after years of study by the conservation group Xerces Society, state government officials and independent researchers. The Xerces Society says its goal is to protect nature's pollinators and invertebrates, which play a vital role in the health of the overall ecosystem. The nonprofit organization was involved in the initial petitions to protect the bee species, said Sarina Jepson, director of endangered species and aquatic programs for the Portland, Oregon-based group. Jepson said yellow-faced bees can be found elsewhere in the world, but these particular species are native only to Hawaii and pollinate plant species indigenous to the islands. The bees face a variety of threats including "feral pigs, invasive ants, loss of native habitat due to invasive plants, fire, as well as development, especially in some for the coastal areas," Jepson told The Associated Press. The bees can be found in a wide variety of habitats in Hawaii, from coastal environments to high-elevation shrub lands, she said. The yellow-faced bees pollinate some of Hawaii's endangered native plant species. While other bees could potentially pollinate those species, many could become extinct if these bees were to die off entirely. Hawaii-based entomologist Karl Magnacca worked with Xerces on much of the initial research. It has taken almost 10 years to get to this point, he told the AP. "It's good to see it to finally come to fruition," he said. The bees "tend to favor the more dominant trees and shrubs we have here," he said. "People tend to focus on the rare plants, and those are important, that's a big part of the diversity. But the other side is maintaining the common ones as common. (The bees) help maintain the structure of the whole forest." Magnacca added that there are a lot more rare insects that deserve protection. "It may not necessarily be appropriate to list them as endangered, but we have this huge diversity that we need to work on and protect here in Hawaii," he said. "There's a huge amount of work that needs to be done." The bees are critical for maintaining the health of plants and other animals across the islands, said Gregory Koob, conservation and restoration team manager for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Honolulu. There is no designated critical habitat attached to the listing, he said, but the protection will allow authorities to implement recovery programs, access funding and limit their harm from outside sources. All federal agencies must consult with the Fish and Wildlife service when interacting with endangered species. "As an animal, it can't be taken or harmed or killed by individuals," Koob said. "Any research that is done needs a permit from Fish and Wildlife Service unless it's done by a state agency." Koob said that if the bees were removed from ecosystem, the plants that they pollinate would likely not survive. "Those plants are not only food and nesting habitat for the bees, but they also provide habitat for other animals," he said. "It's the web of life." Friday's listing finalized the protection of 10 animal species in Hawaii, the seven bees along with the band-rumped storm-petrel, the orangeblack Hawaiian damselfly and the anchialine pool shrimp. It also added 39 species of plants native to Hawaii. The rusty-patched bumble bee, found widely across the continental United States, is also being considered for protection. ___ Find more stories by AP's Caleb Jones at http://bigstory.ap.org/journalist/caleb-jones Follow Jones on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CalebAP
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Judge sides with conservationists in red wolf fight

Judge sides with conservationists in red wolf fight | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
A judge said that federal wildlife officials have failed to protect the world's only wild population of red wolves in a preliminary ruling that restricts the government's ability to remove the animals from private property.
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Wolf Hunting Near Yellowstone Closed After Quota Exceeded - Flathead Beacon

Wolf Hunting Near Yellowstone Closed After Quota Exceeded - Flathead Beacon | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
HELENA — Montana wildlife officials have closed wolf hunting for the season in an area north of Yellowstone National Park after hunters exceeded the quota of wolves that can be... more
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China committed to protection of endangered species: official CITES rejects Namibia's proposal to ban discussion on regulating ivory domestic markets - CCTV News - CCTV.com English

China committed to protection of endangered species: official CITES rejects Namibia's proposal to ban discussion on regulating ivory domestic markets - CCTV News - CCTV.com English | Advocating for Wildlife | Scoop.it
China is very much committed to fulfilling all its obligations to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), said Liu Dongsheng, Head of the Chinese delegation to the CITES 17th Conference of Parties, on Monday.
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