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Russia: Interim census results indicate Amur tiger numbers on the rise
According to interim census results, the population of the Amur tiger in Russia has increased to as many as 540 individuals ...
WWF says antipoaching efforts have been integral to the rise in tiger numbers, with tougher punishments and the introduction of criminal charges for the illegal hunting, storage, and trafficking of endangered animals and their parts.
Russia's Far East is home to 95 per cent of the world's population of Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers.
In the 1940s, the largest cat in the world was on the brink of extinction with no more than a few dozen in the wild.
The last census in 2005 showed there were up to 502 individuals.
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Norway: Tromsø says goodbye to the seal hunt, a long-lasting local tradition
When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close.
At the port, a crowd waited for Kvernmo and his crew. They wanted to snatch up a piece of Tromsø’s last seal catch.
“When we arrived in Tromsø, people attacked us… people wanted to buy the seal meat, pick and take at any price,” Kvernmo said. “We didn’t have enough meat.”
Kvernmo’s ship was the only seal-hunting vessel to sail out of Tromsø this year. Since Norway’s parliament axed a 12 million kroner (€1,42 million) subsidy to the seal hunt from the 2015 budget last December, the few remaining seal hunters in northern Norway had called it quits. But Kvernmo decided to go on one final hunt ...
Subsidies have kept the seal industry alive, making up about 80 per cent of the revenue for seal hunters. Now, that revenue is gone, and the industry is no longer viable.
Full story at barentsobserver.com/en/culture/2015/05/tromso-says-goodbye-seal-hunt-long-lasting-local-tradition...
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2 hours ago ·
Forest activist probing Romania illegal logging beaten by thugs
Earlier this week, a physical assault on an environmental activist in the forests of Romania marked the latest in a string of such attacks around the world and further highlights the need for government authorities to take meaningful enforcement action in response.
Gabriel Păun of the Romanian non-profit Agent Green, on the invitation of local people concerned about activities within natural protected areas, was monitoring an area in Râul Alb, Sălaşul de Sus, Hunedoara County when he and two guides were chased and violently attacked by a large group of men.
Păun and one of the guides were cornered and beaten by the group. The attack, which occurred on Sunday, was caught on film by the victims.
Legal representatives of Păun have issued a statement that the attack took place in relation to logging connected to the construction of hydro-electric power plants and that at least one of the leading assailants was both a local councillor and an employee of the company behind the plants’ construction.
Earlier this month, UK-based NGO Global Witness released the report How Many More? documenting the increasing number of murders of environmental activists around the world.
“This is a critical human rights issue, pure and simple,” said EIA UK Forests Campaign team leader Faith Doherty. “These events in Romania – and in many other parts of the world –underline the extreme danger faced by many environmental activists who are doing nothing more than attempting to protect their forests and ancestral lands from destruction and exploitation at the hands of ruthless criminals, corrupt corporate entities, corrupt politicians and the thugs they employ."
Read the EIA news update in full at eia-international.org/forest-activist-investigating-illegal-logging-in-romania-is-beaten-by-thugs
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20 hours ago ·