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Global call seeks end to plastic bags, even 'green' ones
A global coalition of waste campaign groups - from South Korea to Philippines, from Montenegro to Botswana - has called on governments worldwide to phase out single-use plastic bags to reduce pollution in oceans and landfills.
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Celebrating World Tiger day at St Pancras, London
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Zimbabwe: Dentist claims he didn’t know lion he killed was protected
A Minnesota dentist being sought by Zimbabwean police on poaching charges for killing a beloved lion named Cecil said yesterday he was unaware of the animal’s protected status until it was too late.
“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt,” Walter James Palmer, 55, of Eden Prairie said in a statement. “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
Palmer paid about $50,000 for the nighttime hunt, during which a dead animal was tied to a vehicle to lure Cecil out of a protected national park, said Johnny Rodrigues of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.
Palmer is believed to have used a crossbow to shoot the lion, which was tracked down still alive 40 hours later and then fatally shot with a gun, Rodrigues said.
“It’s disgusting,” said Ken Pruitt of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. “In concept, I have no problem with hunting, but this is as far from a true sportsman as you can get. Even if Mr. Palmer believed he was somehow part of a legal hunting operation, it should have been clear to him the methods they were using were illegal and highly unethical.”
Two Zimbabwean men also face poaching charges in the killing of Cecil, who was skinned and beheaded, the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority and the Safari Operators Association said in a statement.
The hunters tried but failed to destroy the lion’s collar, which was fitted with a tracking device because he was being studied by Oxford University researchers, the statement said.
Full story at www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/2015/07/dentist_claims_he_didn_t_know_lion_he_killed_w...
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