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British Airways and Virgin pledge NEVER to carry big game trophies in wake of Cecil
BRITISH AIRWAYS and Virgin Atlantic have joined American Airlines, Delta and United in pledging not to carry big-game trophies on flights, in the wake of the killing of the famous Zimbabwean lion Cecil.
The UK-based airline giants said they had never carried hunting kills despite operating flights to destinations across Africa and the Far East.
National flag carrier BA said it operated a "total ban on any form of hunting trophy" while Sir Richard Branson's airline insisted it had never carried slaughtered big game in its cargo.
Both airlines spoke out as three US airlines vowed to end the shipment of lion, rhinoceros, leopard, elephant or buffalo remains.
Without giving official reasons for the newly imposed ban, Delta said the decision to stop carrying trophies was "effective immediately".
#hunting #Africa #lions #elephants #rhino
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USA: Four arrested on bear parts trade charges
Four Michigan residents have been arrested on charges related to buying and selling black bear parts, state natural resources officials announced Tuesday.
The residents of Kent and Chippewa counties face 11 misdemeanours, said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Each of the charges carries a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail, plus $1,500 reimbursement for each animal illegally purchased.
A complaint originated from information gathered through confidential informants concerned about the illegal black bear parts trade, the DNR said. The charges follow a long investigation by the DNR’s Special Investigations Unit
“Individuals soliciting for the purchase of black bear parts creates a market for the illegal parts and provides a financial incentive for poachers to take the animals during closed seasons, in excess of established limits and by unlawful methods,” said DNR Detective Lt. Jason Haines, who heads the investigative unit, in a statement. “There is a black market for black bear parts in Asia, where the parts are used for medicinal purposes.”
Full story at www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2015/08/04/michigan-residents-bear-parts-trad...
#USA #China #bears
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Great news and photos from our friends at Sanctuary Asia and Kids for Tigers of their International Tiger Day events. Bravo to India's young tiger ambassadors #whereRthetigers ... See MoreSee Less
Over 1,000 Bangalore Kids for Tigers united to express their resolve to Save Our Tigers on August 1, 2015... as part of Sanctuary Asia's Global Tiger Day resolve. Usha Ramaiah... take a bow. Thank you Brinda and Aircel for enabling us. ☺ #DeeSpeak. #NDTV #SaveOurTigers
21 hours ago ·