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Unlawful xylazine receives more scrutiny to prevent inclusion in illegal drugs

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The Food and Drug Administration announced that the agency has taken action to restrict xylazine from coming illegally into the country, while members of Congress are considering scheduling xylazine as a controlled substance.

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The Florida FWC illegally killed 34 pythons and one 10-year-old pregnant Boa constrictor

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This put Coffee in an impossible position - he needed to rehome the pythons because they were illegal in Florida, but the FWC was threatening to face him with additional criminal charges if he did so. The FWC then proceeded to kill the total 34 pythons using a bolt gun.

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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.

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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. So far this year poachers in Kenya have killed 128 elephants for their ivory; last year 98 were killed.

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Birding Tanjung Aru Beach, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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It is listed as Near Threatened, partly due to the usual occurrence of illegal trade for the pet market. It is listed as vulnerable, again as a consequence of illegal trade and habitat loss. That is mainly the Philippines, as indicated by the species name lucionensis (Luzon is the Philippines’ biggest island).

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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. The store in Lisle Street, at the heart of London's Chinatown, specialises in traditional Asian medicine.

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Birding Shanghai in July 2023

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Strangely, the author of the study uses this situation as an argument not to ban keeping Hwameis in captivity illegal altogether but rather just to limit the keeping. One of the reasons stated is “the benefits of the people” (not the birds). Hmm, I think I disagree with the author.

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