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US Government approves Dallas club's rhino import permit
DALLAS (AP) — The US government will allow a Texas man to import the trophy of an endangered black rhinoceros should he kill one in Africa as part of a conservation fundraiser.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that importing a carcass from Namibia meets criteria under the Endangered Species Act of benefiting conservation.
Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 last year in a Dallas Safari Club auction billed as a fundraising effort to save the black rhino.
In a letter to the agency in December, the club's executive director, Ben Carter, said the money raised from such auctions is "critical to supporting the Namibian government in their efforts to stem the tide of commercial killing of these animals.”
Since publishing the initial request in November, the US Fish and Wildlife Service received more than 15,000 comments, as well as petitions with about 152,000 signatures demanding that it be denied. PETA said Thursday that it will file a lawsuit.
The hunt was postponed and Knowlton's money kept in escrow while the agency deliberated over the permit application.
Dallas Safari Club spokeswoman Jay Ann Cox could not immediately confirm Thursday whether a date has been set for the hunt.
The agency also is allowing Michael Luzich, a Las Vegas investment manager, to import his black rhino trophy. Namibia directly sold him a hunting permit.
Luzich has received far less scrutiny than Knowlton, who said last year he hired full-time security because he'd received death threats once his name became public knowledge.
Full story at fwbusinesspress.com/fwbp/article/1/9432/Breaking-News/US-government-approves-Dallas-clubs-rhino-i...
#rhino #Namibia #Africa #hunting
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China's commitment to elephant conservation can only be suspect while it protects its legal ivory trade and so drives poaching ...
'Botswana questions China’s commitment on ivory ban'
Botswna’s Minister of Wildlife and Tourism, Tshekedi Khama, on Thursday questioned China’s decision to ban ivory trade for a year, saying Beijing does not give the assurance that the measure will remain in place after one year.
Speaking at the end of an international conference on illegal wildlife trade, Khama said as one of the major centres for illegal wildlife trade, China’s commitment remains questionable.
* Read the EIA news update - China’s carved ivory import ban ‘largely window-dressing’ eia-international.org/chinas-carved-ivory-import-ban-largely-window-dressing
Concerns were also raised that some countries’ commitment, transparency and honesty to the whole initiative remain questionable.
While some countries like Ethiopia have committed themselves to destroying the ivory stockpiles that they have, some are accused of not revealing the true quantities of their available stockpiles.
Khama noted that they do not know the inventory of ivory stockpiles in some countries, as some are reluctant to reveal this and also do not allow audits to be conducted.
He said it is highly probable that this ivory finds its way into the illegal trade, through corruption ...
#Botswana #Africa #China #elephants #ivory
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1 hour ago ·
EIA is currently seeking consultants to work with its Climate Campaign, to be based in The Netherlands and Germany.
The European Union (EU) recently adopted the EU F-Gas Regulation, a comprehensive package of policies designed to reduce hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions with implications for producers, importers, manufacturers, operators, contractors and consumers.
EIA is seeking consultants to assist in its campaign to advance implementation of the F-Gas Regulation in The Netherlands and Germany though targeted activities in key policy areas designed to promote best practices and governance, including raising awareness among key government officials and stakeholders, promoting the adoption of national measures and fostering national media attention.
Full details at:
* The Netherlands - eia-international.org/vacancy-consultant-for-climate-campaign-the-netherlands
* Germany - eia-international.org/vacancy-consultant-for-climate-campaign-germany
#climate #HFCs #recruitment
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19 hours ago ·