Connecticut Oil Company President Illegally Owns Primate

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Pierce Onthank, the president of an oil and gas company, was charged in January with illegal possession of a primate for keeping a siamang, a type of gibbon that is native to rain forests in Malaysia and Indonesia and can weigh up to 30 pounds and stand 3 feet high. Tags: animal cruelty illegal pets primates us I'm starting to wonder about Connecticut. It's the same state where the Travis incident occurred.

Illegal Puma Skin Sent to India

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It was sent from North America to India and confiscated by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. It was labeled as a "rug" and the only reason they searched was because of a tip.

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Kenyans Seize Huge Amount of Illegal Ivory

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In July, Kenyan authorities intercepted 16 elephant tusks and two rhinoceros horns being illegally exported to Laos from Mozambique. Kenya seized almost 700 kilograms of ivory worth millions of dollars in a night-time raid at the country's main airport. Elephants are being screwed by Asian demand for ivory. It's a mess. From the BBC. Officials say the sales have fuelled demand for ivory in Asian countries, especially China, contributing to a sharp increase in elephant poaching.

Man Convicted of Illegally Trafficking Live Deer

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He was transporting them across state lines from Ohio to a hunting preserve in South Carolina. The deer were not tested for disease. He was sentenced to 21 months in prison. I hope he serves the whole term. The deer still got screwed because they ended up at the hunting preserve, but any kind of sentence for wildlife trafficking must be enforced.

Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade Requires More Funding

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According to this article, the current funds are not sufficient for the work involved. Not surprising.

British Man Arrested in Illegal Tortoise Trade

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Another catch by the UK's National Wildlife Crime unit.

Central London Shop Raided for Illegal Wildlife Products

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The raid took place on the day an amendment to the law controlling illegal trade in endangered species came into effect. Not surprisingly, they raided a shop selling Chinese traditional medicines. From the Telegraph. Detectives seized 200 products believed to be made from endangered animals including musk deer, leopards and tigers. The store in Lisle Street, at the heart of London's Chinatown, specialises in traditional Asian medicine.

Eating Cats and Dogs Could Become Illegal in China

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The legislation is only being drafted right now and there's a long way to go I suspect before such laws would pass. You can already read the excuses being cited in this article.

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DNA Bar Codes Could Help Identify Illegal Bush Meat

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This is an interesting piece from the Scientific American blog. One of the major challenges in combating the bushmeat trade is identifying the source species for the meat and products. Once an animal has been carved up, meat looks like meat and leather looks like leather. How is anyone to know if it came from a species that is protected under national or international law? A technique called DNA bar coding could be the answer.

Texas Father & Son Sentenced for Wildlife Trafficking

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They were illegally bringing in deer from Arkansas. Texas restricts deer importing.) Plus a little matter with stolen property.

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Weird Factoid about Cockfighting in Oklahoma

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Cockfighting was illegal in Oklahoma until 1963, when a judge ruled that chickens are not animals and therefore unprotected by anticruelty laws. News & World Report, 6 December 1999. oklahoma cockfighting blood sport

Cherokee Man Imprisoned for Selling Gall Bladders

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This culprit is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and is serving only 6 months for illegally selling 51 bear gall bladders.

Man Arrested with Frozen Tigers and Panther in House

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The guy was clearly trafficking in illegal parts as there were about 50 kg of bones belonging to other tigers. This happened in Vietnam.

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Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

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In the wake of Monday’s incident, Feral is calling on the state to adopt new legislation that would make primate pet ownership illegal. Earlier this week a Connecticut woman was attacked by a 200 pound chimpanzee named Travis who had been kept as a pet for 14 years.

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Indian Government to Protect Bulls from Entertainment Use

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There are still illegal events though. The Indian government has decided to add bulls to the list of animals protected from entertainment uses. This prevents them from being exploited in Goa, an Indian state that had considered reviving the tradition. Goa was once part of the Portuguese empire which is where the bullfighting ridiculousness comes a Portuguese-American, I can say that.) India blood sport portugal bullfighting

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Thousands Offered for Primate Freedom

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He does not condone violent or illegal acts. An animal rights activist has offered $30,000 to anyone who facilitates the freeing of primates, or the end of vivisection, at the University of Kansas, a place cited for numerous animal welfare violations. Good luck.

Witherspoon in Trouble for Python Purse

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And it's illegal for her to have it at least in the State of California. For some bizarre reason (hopefully just ignorance), Reese Witherspoon has pissed off animal rights activists by purchasing and carrying around a purse made out of python skin. Python skinning is horrible, brutal and repulsive. And she paid $4,000 for it. Sorry, but that's stupid enough on its own. 4,000 for a frigging purse?! wildlife trafficking california Stupid python entertainment exotic skins snakes

Pale Male and Lola Fan Arrested - Again

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But he apparently took the dead bird to his place illegally. He was arrested some years ago when Pale Male's nest was destroyed. Now, he's been arrested for actions surrounding the death of Pale Male's latest mate Lima. He is very passionate about these hawks and I've followed his blog and beautiful photography for years. Read the story here and decide for yourself. Too much this time? birds hawks pale male new york city

King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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Whilst not illegal, it shows a complete disregard for his 'subjects' and total contempt for his role as 'Honorary President of WWF Spain'. From the Wildlife Extra News. April 2012. King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt. Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too).

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Europe's Pig Industry Mad about Undercover Investigation

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Compassion in World Farming led an undercover investigation that showed illegal tail docking and poor attempts at pig enrichment on factory farms, in violation of EU law. Now the pig industry is mad and claiming bias ( scroll down in article.) Too bad! If you complied with the law, you wouldn't look like such jerks!

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Huge Ivory Seizure in Africa

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More than two tons of illegal ivory have been seized and more than 100 people have been arrested in the largest international operation targeting wildlife crime across Eastern Africa, the Kenya Wildlife Service and INTERPOL announced today. From the Environment News Service.

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Japanese Whaling Ship Found Guilty of Violating Environmental Agreement

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carrying whale meat rather than oil) Violating the MARPOL convention (a treaty designed to eliminate the deliberate, negligent or accidental release of oil and other harmful substances from ships into the marine environment) after illegally re-fuelling whaling vessels in Antarctic waters. The illegal operations of the Oriental Bluebird underscore the illegality of the entire Japanese whaling fleet. The Japanese whaler Bluebird has been stripped of it's Panamanian flag.

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German Canines to Help Catch Smugglers

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The three-year-olds' debut is a joint effort between police and the World Wildlife Fund to help stop the illegal but lucrative trade in rare species — which the organization estimates is a $293 billion annual business. Incredible that illegal smuggling is estimated at $293 billion. Interesting.

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Former Virunga Park Officials In Prison

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Not guilty of gorilla killings - guilty of illegal charcoaling The Wildlife Officers were charged by the Congolese Wildlife Authority with the "destruction of flora and fauna" under Wildlife Law OL 069-41 of August 1969. The charges included the massacre of the gorillas and involvement in the illegal charcoal trade. And these particular guys deserve it.

HSUS Offers Reward in Grizzly Poaching Case

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The Humane Society of the United States and The HSUS Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of a grizzly bear found dead in Ashton Reservoir near Ashton, Idaho The Humane Society is offering a 2500.00 reward for the poaching of a Grizzly in Idaho.

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Moon Bears Rescued from Bile Farm in Vietnam

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Please note that the illegal bile farm was Taiwanese-owned. It's great that they were saved, but t hey arrived at the rescue center in wretched condition. Moon bears are rare, which makes this all the sadder. Again, the China connection. I can't read such stuff without being sickened by my species. Thank Animals Asia for the rescue. They are an amazing organization that we support financially.).

$10 Million Euros in Smuggled Wildlife Seized

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Illegal animal and plant products with a retail value of 10 million euros (13.6 Operation Tram "revealed a large amount of medicines either containing or marketing the use of illegal ingredients such as tiger, bear and rhinoceros," according to the French-based international coordinating body. From the AFP.

Sea Shepherd to Head to Mediterranean to Protect Tuna

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Announcing their venture into the Mediterranean, the organisation's founder and president, Captain Paul Watson, said: "We need to bring to the attention of the international public that one of the most unique fish species in the world, the Bluefin tuna, is on the brink of extinction due to the illegal fisheries driven by Japan's insatiable demand for this expensive fish.". Sea Shepherd will be sending the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker to the Mediterranean to help protect Bluefin Tuna.

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News from last week: *A US Federal Judge rejects claims that Ringling’s Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus mishandles endangered Asian elephants; *A primate at a Charles River laboratory facility dies from being run through a commercial washer; *Miss Newfoundland defends the Canadian seal hunt; *Cambodian prosecutions of illegal logging and wildlife smuggling have increased; and Sea Shepherd files piracy charges against a Japanese research vessel.

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Ivory Bigger than Drugs in Africa

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Trafficking in ivory and game meat has become one of the most lucrative illegal trades in Africa due to rising demand in Asia, experts said on Friday. "In In terms of monetary value, ivory trade has surpassed drugs and is now one of the most thriving illegal trade in the continent," said Karl Karugaba, the head of a panel from the Lusaka Agreement Task Force. Sad, sad, sad. Why doesn't this greed ever end? Ivory means NOTHING. It's just a material.

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Gobal Smuggling Ring Uncovered in Brazil

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Police said it was the biggest single operation in the past decade against rampant illegal wildlife traffic in the South American country. Thanks to for this big story. Brazilian federal police arrested 72 people on Wednesday on suspicion of running an international smuggling ring that traded half a million wild animals, including jaguars and monkeys, each year.

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US Fish and Wildlife Offers Ivory Identification Guide

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Wonder if something is made from illegal ivory? Espinoza and Mary-Jacque Mann, published in cooperation with the CITES Secretariat, and was developed to give information about a nondestructive and visual means of tentatively distinguishing clearly legal ivory from suspected illegal ivory at ports of entry. US Fish and Wildlife has a guide for identification. From the web page. This is a web version of the Identification Guide for Ivory and Ivory Substitutes by Edgard O.

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Portuguese Anti-Bullfighting City Forced to Host Bullfight

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For Prótoiro, this ruling “has put an end to the illegal decisions made by town halls in what concerns bull fighting.”. As a Portuguese-American, I find this just revolting. For the whole story, go to Portugal News On-Line. Prótoiro, the Portuguese Federation of Bullfighting Associations, placed an injunction again Viana do Castelo Town Hall this month after their refusal to allow the event to go ahead on municipal land.

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Freedom of Speech

Animal Ethics

This does not mean that it protects animal cruelty, which is (and ought to be) illegal in every state The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects depictions of animal cruelty.

India's Wildlife Crime Unit Makes First Arrests

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In its first ever independent operation since its inception last year, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has unearthed an illegal pet trade racket arresting one and seizing four live Indian Tent turtles from Mahipalpur area here. It was not a big haul but an important one as illegal trade of beautiful and small animals as pets is going on, thus adversely affecting the conservation efforts," Deputy Director of WCCB Ramesh Pandey said.

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Sea Shepherd Goes on Mission to Protect Bluefin Tuna

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Sea Shepherd doesn’t protest, Sea Shepherd intervenes against illegal activity. Looks like they'll need to since nobody else wants to protect them. In Qatar yesterday nations voted down a proposed ban on exporting Atlantic bluefin tuna. Greenpeace says the New Zealand Government voted against the ban – spelling disaster for the future of the species. Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully wasn’t available today to confirm how New Zealand voted.

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Young Lowland Gorillas Released into Nature Reserve

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Sounds like these guys were orphaned as a result of bushmeat and illegal trafficking activities.) The UN airlifted these guys into the nature reserve so they can coalesce into a group that can survive when released back into the wild. This action is to prevent them from being eaten or poached in the meantime. Frankly, with the rate these poor animals are being decimated, I wonder sometimes if they SHOULD be released back into the wild. Wouldn't they be safer in the reserve?

Sea Shepherd Activist Could Face Jail Time in Japan

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Japan has accused Bethune of illegally boarding (trespassing) the Japanese ship, Shonan Maru II, which is where most of the charges stem. Pretty serious stuff. Japan is formally charging Sea Shepherd Captain Peter Bethune with trespassing, carrying a knife, damaging property, forcible obstruction of business and one charge of causing injury.

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Internet Exploits Cameroon's Primates

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Illegal wildlife traffickers provide fake credentials to establish that primates are being legitimately offered for sale. Their ads claim that the primate comes with "veterinary health documents, a "permit" from CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and a year's health care guarantee. This is totally fraudulent, however, because CITES bans international trade and does not issues such permits.

Ligers in China

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Both species are endangered and it is illegal to cross breed them. A private zoo operator in Taiwan cross-bred lions and tigers, resulting in three "liger" cubs. One died and the other two were seized for sheltering at a research institution. From Focus Taiwan. The Environmental and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) said Huang, who possesses an array of wildlife, should be dealt with harshly to deter others from copying the behavior.

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Low Prosecution of Bird Crime in Scotland

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New figures show that in the past decade just 26 out of almost 300 cases of illegal poisoning and other crime directed against birds of prey in Scotland has resulted in a successful conviction. And furthermore, not a single jail term has been imposed since custodial sentences were introduced in 2004 for such crimes, which are having a grave impact on the populations of some of Scotland's most iconic yet vulnerable species, including golden eagles, red kites and hen harriers.

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Demand for Wildlife Products on the Rise in China

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Profit from illegal trade can be up to 10 times the cost, with restaurant operators offering the exotic dishes usually aware of the violation but lured by the gains, Xu {Hongfa, director of the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) TRAFFIC East Asia China Program} said. Illegal trade in tiger meat and bones is also alive, continuing to threaten the extinction of an already depleted species, he said. The Chinese want them for exotic foods and for medicine. From the China Daily.

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CA Wildlife Official Photographed with Dead Mountain Lion

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Hunting mountain lion is legal in Idaho, but illegal in California. What was this idiot thinking? The full story is below and it comes from Outcry is growing against one of California’s top wildlife officials after a photo of him holding a dead mountain lion surfaced online last week.