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Ayra, who lives with her family in Singapore, swam 5km over the course of five days and raised an incredible $470 SGD which will go towards our front line work exposing environmental crime.
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2 hours ago ·
Hunting: Animal welfare groups push US to classify all leopards as endangered
Conservationists have demanded a crackdown on the import to the US of leopards killed by American hunters, in an attempt to replicate the protections introduced in the wake of the furore caused by the death of famed lion Cecil.
A coalition of animal welfare groups have petitioned the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to classify all leopards as endangered, the Guardian can reveal. This would severely curtail the ability of American hunters to bring home “trophies”, such as leopard skulls, paws or skins, from hunting trips to Africa.
America is a leading collector of leopard parts. According to a Humane Society analysis of data from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, US trophy hunters imported parts of 5,575 leopards between 2005 and 2014.
It is unclear how many leopards remain across Africa and Asia but the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has warned the species has “declined substantially” due to habitat loss, paucity of prey and targeted poaching for sham medicinal products in south-east Asia and China that can generate $3,000 for a leopard carcass.
The IUCN states that “poorly managed trophy hunting adds to pressure on local leopard populations”. In 2016, South Africa stopped the hunting of leopards, over concerns that untold damage was being wrought.
Full story at www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/25/leopards-animal-welfare-groups-endangered-us
#Africa #USA #hunting #trophies #leopards
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22 hours ago ·
China: Bear farming should stop, says Government think tank
A research arm of China’s cabinet has proposed shutting down the country’s bear bile industry in a new report published Monday.
The document said that China should close down all small-scale bear farms by 2020, and a termination of the entire industry as early as possible — by 2035 at the latest. A total of 68 legal farms currently farm bile from an estimated 20,000 bears, the report says.
The animals’ bile — believed to cure a host of illnesses — is collected on these farms to be used in traditional Chinese medicine. Bile, a yellow fluid the body uses to digest food, is extracted from the gallbladder.
... The Chinese government approved a new wildlife protection law on July 2. Though the new regulations restrict the use of wild animals, loopholes remain. Bear bile farming remains legal, for example, to the dismay of animal welfare activists.
* Learn more about China's new Wildlife Protection Law at ht.ly/jaDD302C6MF
The use of bear bile for medicinal purposes has a thousand-year-old history in China, though the technique for extracting the fluid from a live bear was only learned in 1983 from North Korea, Monday’s report said. China’s first bear bile farm opened in 1984, and the industry grew unchecked thanks to a lack of regulations.
Full story at www.sixthtone.com/news/china%E2%80%99s-bear-farming-should-stop-says-government-think-tank
#China #bears #bearbile
Image: Extracting bile from the gallbladder of a live bear at the Fujian Guizhentang Pharmaceutical Co Ltd bile farm in Huian County, Fujian province, Chian, via sixthtone.com ... See MoreSee Less
22 hours ago ·