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Japan cuts Pacific whale quota by 45%

Japan has stated that the annual whale quota from the North Pacific whale hunt is to be cut by 45% – from 380 whales to 210. The start of the whaling hunt will also be delayed for 4 days so that the sailing of the whaling fleet does not clash with the visit of US…
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Suspended sentence for falconer guilty of cruelty

The former manager of Barn at Beal’s bird of prey centre near Berwick has been sentenced to nine weeks suspended prison sentence, 150 hours of community service and banned from owning birds for 10 years.  Thomas Burford, 22, was found guilty of sustained cruelty of birds in his care by Newcastle magistrates. Burford took over…
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Virunga National Park chief warden shot in ambush

Emmanuel de Merode, Chief Warden of Africa’s oldest national park – Virunga – has been shot in an ambush while driving to the Congolese national park head quarters in Rumangabo. His vehicle was ambushed by unknown gunmen. The Belgian foreign minister has stated that the country will launch an inquiry into the ambush of its…
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Deadly poaching kingpin surrenders in the Congo

Update: Paul ‘Morgan’ Sadala was reported killed during an attempted escape. Warlord and poaching kingpin Paul ‘Morgan’ Sadala has reportedly surrendered to DR Congo officials. The warlord gave himself up, together with an estimated 40 supporters. Sadala was the man behind the raid on the Okapi Project  2 years ago which saw women and children…
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Will Japan return to whaling in 2015?

Papers filed by Japan’s  Institute of Cetacean Research against the Sea Shepherd organisation in the US courts yesterday (Friday 11th April) indicated that Japan may be returning to the Antarctic for whaling in 2015. This would mean that Japan is set to redesign its JARPA II programme to abide by the decision of the International…
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Call for conservationists to acknowledge local experts

A group of wildlife researchers are calling on the academic world to consider giving greater priority to acknowledging the role that local experts and guides have in contributing to scientific research. Many conservation research projects are dependant on local – but non-academic – people or success. These experts though are rarely given credit in paper…
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Sharks are more polluted than polar bears

Polar bears are well-known to store many deadly pollutants in their fat. They store chemicals such as PCB’s from the food that they eat. Being at the top of the food chain leads them to have high concentrations of toxins. New research indicates that polar bears are no longer some of the most polluted species…
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South Africa losing 18 rhinos a week – 277 so far in 2014

South Africa has released the latest figures for rhino poaching. With 15 weeks gone of 2014 the total number of rhino poached in the country has reach 277. The average weekly figure is slightly down on the average of 20 rhino killed a week in 2013. The Kruger National Park continues to take the brunt…
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Shark fin trade crashes by 90% in China

The export of shark fins from Hong Kong to China has crashed by 90% in just a year. Following the new austerity of the Chinese leadership, increasing changes in taste among the young and pressure from campaign groups the trade in shark fins is shrinking rapidly. Official government figures analysed by the WWF-China show that…
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United States bans elephant trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Friday announced a ban on the import of elephant trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe during the 2014 hunting season. The USFAWS has questioned whether there is sufficient monitoring of the big-game hunt and whether the number of elephant hunting permits is sustainable in the current poaching crisis.…
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Can virtual nature replace the real experience?

Results of an interesting study have been released by researchers from Coventry University. It has long been known that getting out into nature can offer a boost to health and well-being. The latest study continues to confirm that a green outlook offers health benefits. The study involved children aged between 9 and 10 undertaking a…
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10 day march to save the badgers proposed

I thought the readers of Wildlife News would be interested in this exciting new action happening soon, and hope you can share it among your supporters and help to make this a HUGE event! I can’t see how to send it to your main website as I can’t find a send news button at the…
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Jail time for theft from UK ivory stockpiles

A thief who broke into a zoo and stole an elephant tusk that had been loaned out by the UK Border Force has been jailed for 120 days by Folkestone Magistrates Court. Craig Deane broke into Wingham Wildlife Park on September 9th 2013 and stole the elephant tusk worth about £2,500. Craig Deane, 39, admitted…
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Heathrow wildlife traffickers jailed for 12 months

2 Romanian women who were caught trying to smuggle 13 endangered iguanas through Heathrow airport have been jailed for 12 months. The women were caught during border checks at Terminal 5 on 3rd February. The discovery was made as the women transferred from their Bahamas flight to their connection to Dosseldorf in Germany. Border Force…
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Gas the badgers says Princess Anne

Once again the British royal family have shown their love of killing or maiming wildlife. This time it is Princess Anne who in an interview set to be broadcast on BBC Countryfile thinks that badgers should be culled by gassing. While the public consistently supports non-lethal methods of TB control in badgers and wildlife the…
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Tigers get asylum in the UK

Two tigers sentenced to an early death in Belgium have arrived at a UK zoo and wildlife park. the two tigers had been kept at a German circus and so badly treated that last year Belgium authorities seized the tigers while the circus was on tour and sentenced the tigers to euthanasia. A campaign by…
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Japanese internet giant bans whale product sales

Internet retail giant Rakuten has announced it is terminating sales of whale products through its Japanese marketplace Rakuten Ichiba and has given merchants 30 days to remove them.  The move came after the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), in conjunction with Humane Society International (HSI), launched the report Blood e-Commerce on March 18 exposing Rakuten as…

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