69 Big Cats Are Seized From Jeffrey Lowe, a Figure in ‘Tiger King’

Mr. Lowe and his wife, Lauren Lowe, are the latest figures from the Netflix series to face prosecutions by the U.S. government.

#agriculture-department, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #justice-department, #lowe-jeffrey-1964, #oklahoma, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #tigers, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Global Cactus Traffickers Are Cleaning Out the Deserts

A recent raid in Italy involving rare Chilean species highlights the growing scale of a black market in the thorny plants.

#atacama-desert, #black-markets, #cacti-plants, #chile, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #italy, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

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Man Caught Smuggling 35 Songbirds Into J.F.K. Airport, Authorities Say

Kevin Andre McKenzie of Guyana concealed finches inside hair curlers in his clothing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #birds, #finches-birds, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #guyana, #kennedy-international-airport-queens-ny, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Video of N.R.A. Chief Wayne LaPierre Shooting an Elephant Draws Criticism

The footage was taken during a 2013 hunting trip in Botswana for an N.R.A.-sponsored television series, but it never aired. It was obtained by The Trace and The New Yorker.

#africa, #botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #deaths-fatalities, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #hunting-and-trapping, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #lapierre-wayne, #mass-shootings, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-rifle-assn, #new-yorker, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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After ‘Tiger King,’ Law Proposed to Protect Big Cats

The Big Cat Public Safety Act has been introduced before, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes the public outcry from the Netflix documentary series will finally help it become law.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #baskin-carole, #big-cat-rescue, #blumenthal-richard, #law-and-legislation, #maldonado-passage-joseph, #netflix-inc, #senate, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #tigers, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #zoos

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On the Menu at a Lunch in Italy: Protected Songbirds

The Italian police were called to investigate a luncheon for a potential violation of coronavirus rules. They found a feast of migrating finches.

#birds, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #italy, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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The Long History of Those Who Fought to Save the Animals

In “Beloved Beasts,” Michelle Nijhuis tells the stories of the men and women who have fought to rescue endangered animals from extinction.

#animals, #beloved-beasts-fighting-for-life-in-an-age-of-extinction-book, #biodiversity, #books-and-literature, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #nijhuis-michelle, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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April the Giraffe, Who Became an Internet Sensation in 2017, Dies

April, 20, gained fame giving birth as millions watched via livestream. She was euthanized on Friday because of her worsening arthritis.

#animal-adventure-park-harpursville-ny, #april-the-giraffe, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #giraffes, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Nearly 200 Baby Tortoises Are Seized at Galápagos Airport

The tortoises were found on Sunday wrapped in plastic inside a red suitcase that was bound for mainland Ecuador. A police officer has been taken into custody, the authorities said.

#airports, #ecuador, #galapagos-ecological-airport, #galapagos-islands, #galapagos-national-park-ecuador, #guayaquil-ecuador, #smuggling, #turtles-and-tortoises, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Some Elephants in Africa Are Just a Step From Extinction

A key conservation group counted the continent’s elephants as two species for the first time, highlighting the dire threat to forest elephants.

#africa, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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New York Man Kept Sharks in Pool in His Basement

Investigators found seven sandbar sharks in an aboveground pool in a house in Dutchess County, the authorities said. The case spotlighted an underground market for exotic and protected fish.

#aquariums, #dutchess-county-ny, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #seguine-joshua, #sharks, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Endangered Gazelles Make a Comeback on the Edge of a War Zone

Hunted nearly to extinction worldwide, a wild mountain gazelle finds a helping hand on the Turkish-Syrian border.

#antelopes, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #hunting-and-trapping, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #syria, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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The Making of a ‘European Yellowstone’

A major conservation effort is underway in Romania. The goal is a new national park that will rival its American counterparts.

#bears, #forests-and-forestry, #hunting-and-trapping, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #wolves

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For Planet Earth, No Tourism is a Curse and a Blessing

From the rise in poaching to the waning of noise pollution, travel’s shutdown is having profound effects. Which will remain, and which will vanish?

#air-pollution, #alaska, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruises, #glacier-bay-national-park-alaska, #global-warming, #noise, #ships-and-shipping, #thailand, #travel-and-vacations, #wales, #whales-and-whaling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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For Travel, a Sustainable Comeback?

From a newly certified Whale Heritage Site to scenic byways for electric cars, five new initiatives suggest the travel industry may be envisioning a more responsible future.

#africa, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #california, #carbon-capture-and-sequestration, #colorado, #eco-tourism, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #travel-and-vacations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Wisconsin Official Traded Sturgeon Research Eggs for Caviar, Prosecutors Say

Ryan Koenigs, a biologist who oversees the state’s sturgeon spearing season in Lake Winnebago, is accused of accepting $20,000 worth of caviar in an illegal bartering scheme.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #caviar, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #fish-farming, #lakes, #sturgeon-fish, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #winnebago-county-wis, #wisconsin

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W.H.O. Researcher on His Trip to China Seeking Virus Origins

An interview with Peter Daszak, an animal disease specialist, just after his return from an investigative research mission to Wuhan, the site of the original Covid outbreak, and surrounding areas.

#animals, #bats, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ecohealth-alliance, #politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #your-feed-healthcare

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Florida ‘Monkey Whisperer’ Is Charged With Illegal Animal Sales

Jimmy Wayne Hammonds, who runs an exotic animal ranch, illegally sold rare monkeys, prosecutors said.

#alabama, #animals, #california, #florida, #monkeys-and-apes, #nevada, #new-york-times, #south-carolina, #united-states, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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How to Move a Giraffe

As the senior wildlife veterinarian at the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Dr. Robert Aruho, 36, finds himself in the very tricky business of moving giraffes.

#giraffes, #uganda, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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The Last Two Northern White Rhinos On Earth

What will we lose when Najin and Fatu die?

#animals, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #kenya, #rhinoceroses, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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After Bars and Beaches, Gibbons Await a New Home in Thailand

The small apes were once widespread across much of Asia. But rampant deforestation and ruthless hunting of the acrobatic animal has greatly reduced its numbers and its habitat.

#animals, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #monkeys-and-apes, #thailand, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Ivory From Shipwreck Reveals Elephant Slaughter During Spice Trade

A trove from a Portuguese trading ship that sank in 1533 preserved genetic traces of whole lineages that have vanished from West Africa.

#africa, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #current-biology-journal, #elephants, #genetics-and-heredity, #ivory, #namibia, #portugal, #research, #shipwrecks-historic, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Archaeologists Could Help Bring Otters Back From the Dead

The sea mammals vanished from Oregon’s coast long ago, but a technique from human archaeology offers a clue to restoring them.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #genetics-and-heredity, #oregon, #otters-animals, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #teeth-and-dentistry, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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He Once Trafficked in Rare Birds. Now, He Tells How It’s Done.

After a chance encounter in Brazil, Johann Zillinger became one of the world’s most prolific wildlife smugglers. Three decades and two prison stints later, he says he has gone straight.

#austria, #birds, #brazil, #breeding-of-animals, #content-type-personal-profile, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #parrots, #portugal, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #zillinger-johann

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How Archaeologists Are Using Deep Learning to Dig Deeper

Trawling ancient history with neural nets.

#artificial-intelligence, #ceramics-and-pottery, #computers-and-the-internet, #italy, #malta, #tombs-and-tombstones, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

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Justice Department Sues Jeffrey Lowe of ‘Tiger King’ Over Treatment of Animals

Mr. Lowe took control of the animal park owned by another of the show’s main subjects, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #baskin-carole, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #jeffrey-lowe, #maldonado-passage-joseph, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Covid-19 Is a Desperate Cry From the Suffering Natural World

If this pandemic has taught us anything it’s that we cannot escape the world we have shaped.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #global-warming, #minks-animals, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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In Hunt for Coronavirus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

As it praised Beijing, the World Health Organization concealed concessions to China and may have sacrificed the best chance to unravel the virus’s origins. Now it’s a favorite Trump attack line.

#china, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-relations, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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In Hunt for Virus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

As it praised Beijing, the World Health Organization concealed concessions to China and may have sacrificed the best chance to unravel the virus’s origins. Now it’s a favorite Trump attack line.

#china, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-relations, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge

Climate change is shifting the habitats of endangered species and requiring conservation scientists to think outside traditional park boundaries.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #land-use-policies, #lemurs, #madagascar, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #vanilla, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Seven Charged in Flying Squirrel Trafficking Ring, Florida Officials Say

The scheme involved thousands of flying squirrels that were captured in less than three years and were exported to Asia, the officials said.

#conservation-of-resources, #east-asia, #florida, #knox-rodney, #marion-county-fla, #rodents, #south-korea, #squirrels, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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‘Tiger King’ Star Doc Antle Is Charged With Wildlife Trafficking

Mr. Antle’s daughters and a former roadside zoo owner in Virginia also face charges of animal cruelty.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #antle-bhagavan-doc, #myrtle-beach-sc, #myrtle-beach-safari-myrtle-beach-sc, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Cheating in Utah Fishing Contest Results in Two Felony Convictions

Two men pleaded guilty to tampering to influence a contest, a third-degree felony, almost two years after the state started investigating where they caught their fish.

#animals, #bass-fish, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-sport, #lake-powell-utah-ariz, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Are Exotic Skins Out of Fashion?

Covid-19 may be the tipping point when it comes to crocodile, python, ostrich, and clothes.

#agriculture-and-farming, #alligators, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #biodiversity, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fashion-and-apparel, #fur, #kering-sa, #luxury-goods-and-services, #lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton-sa, #minks-animals, #people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals, #phillips-van-heusen-corporation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #reptiles, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-fashion

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What’s Mightier Than the Coronavirus? A Freshly Killed Chicken

How Hong Kong’s food culture has adapted to epidemic after epidemic, fending off disease while saving its favorite dishes, and its soul.

#avian-influenza, #beijing-china, #bubonic-plague, #chickens, #china, #chopsticks, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #food, #great-britain, #guangdong-province-china, #hong-kong, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #influenza, #plague, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rabies, #restaurants, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #smallpox, #tables, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #wuhan-china

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International Crime Ring That Trafficked in Shark Fins Is Dismantled, U.S. Says

Law enforcement agents documented the harvest of more than six tons of shark fins, officials said.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #georgia, #hong-kong, #marijuana, #mexico, #money-laundering, #organized-crime, #search-and-seizure, #sharks, #soups, #united-states, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #xing-zhao-wu-terry

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How to Stop the Next Pandemic

It’s not just Covid-19. Pathogens once confined to nature are making their way into humans on a more regular basis. And it’s our fault.

#biodiversity, #china, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daszak-peter, #ecohealth-alliance, #epidemics, #forests-and-forestry, #land-use-policies, #lyme-disease, #nipah-virus, #quammen-david, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #walzer-christian, #wildlife-conservation-society, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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France Prohibits a Bird Hunting Technique, 41 Years After an E.U. Ban

The country has suspended the use of glue traps, which conservationists say are cruel to animals and harm the environment.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #birds, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #france, #hunting-and-trapping, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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How to Move Your Elephant During a Pandemic

After decades in captivity and a 1,700-mile road trip from Argentina into Brazil, an Asian elephant named Mara finally gained a chance to roam.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #animals, #argentina, #brazil, #buenos-aires-argentina, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elephants, #photography, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science, #zoos

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Myanmar Plan to Breed Protected Species in Captivity Draws Criticism

Myanmar’s conservation ministry is considering captive breeding of as many as 175 threatened species, including tigers, Irrawaddy dolphins and rare birds that exist only in the wild.

#breeding-of-animals, #conservation-of-resources, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #myanmar, #pangolins, #tigers, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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8 Questions From a Disease Detective on the Pandemic’s Origins

Dr. Daniel R. Lucey wants answers to pointed questions that bear on how the coronavirus leapt from bats to humans.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #ferrets, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #lucey-daniel-r, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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For Maine Lobstermen, a Perfect Storm Threatens the Summer Season

The state’s lobster industry, already struggling before the virus, could be crippled as tourism dries up, leaving boatloads of crustaceans and no one to eat them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fishing-commercial, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lobsters, #maine, #penobscot-bay-me, #summer-season, #trump-donald-j, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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In Fight to Ban Dog Meat, China’s Activists Find an Ally: The Coronavirus

A fast-growing network of activists sees the pandemic as an opportunity to push legislation that bans the consumption of dog and cat meats.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #meat, #politics-and-government, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Wildlife Trade Spreads Coronaviruses as Animals Get to Market

DNA tests show an increase in the number of animals with positive tests for some coronaviruses from the time they are trapped until they arrive on someone’s dinner plate.

#bats, #biorxiv, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olson-sarah-h, #rats, #research, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #vietnam, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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How Humanity Unleashed a Flood of New Diseases

What do Covid-19, Ebola, Lyme and AIDS have in common? They jumped to humans from animals after we started destroying habitats and ruining ecosystems.

#bats, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #sars-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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