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USA: Judges allow hunters to sue USFWS over elephant trophy ban
A federal court has revived a lawsuit brought by big game hunters who challenged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ban on the import of elephant hunting trophies from Tanzania.
A legal challenge of the ban brought by the Safari Club and the National Rifle Association was dismissed in 2014 on grounds that no member of either group actually had applied for and been denied a permit to import elephant trophies and therefore lacked standing to bring a case.
But the hunters’ advocacy groups appealed, arguing that the Fish and Wildlife Service’s ban was final and that their members had no obligation to exhaust administrative remedies.
In a 15-page opinion issued Tuesday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court for the D.C. Circuit agreed and remanded the case to the lower court.
... Tens of thousands of hunting trophies are imported into the United States each year.
Full story at www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/6/judges-allow-hunters-to-sue-fish-and-wildlife-serv/
#Africa #Tanzania #elephants #trophies #hunting U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Vietnam: Business leaders turned conservationists launch book to help save endangered primates
The first photographic book covering all of Vietnam’s primate species was launched last week, kicking off a project initiated by business leaders turned conservation pioneers.
Entitled The Conservation of Vietnam’s Threatened Primates - Edge of Extinction, the book is divided into four chapters based on the endangered levels of the primate species: critically endangered species, endangered species, vulnerable species and near threatened and least concern species.
The 150-page book not only shows the magnificence of Vietnamese primates and the natural ecosystem of Vietnam’s primeval forests but also sets alarm bells ringing about the urgency of protecting Vietnam’s unique and endangered primates.
Many of Vietnam’s natural reserves are face an uphill battle against the unsustainable illegal hunting of primate species for meat, imagined medicinal powers and the pet trade.
... The launch of this book heralds a call for the conservation of the country’s nature and biodiversity by more than 50 of Vietnam’s top business leaders.
Read in full at vietnamnews.vn/life-style/347422/book-on-primate-species-launched.html#BdFZ2fjPb6VqBuUx.97
#Vietnam #monkeys #primates
Image: Critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys in north-east Vietnam, by Quyet Le ... See MoreSee Less
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India: Tigers & leopards in Madhya Pradesh become victims of 'witchcraft' ATM card scam
BHOPAL: Promise made by tantriks to double the money in bank accounts by performing witchcraft on ATM cards, drove unsuspecting illiterate villagers to kill three tigers and equal number of leopards in Kanha-Pench jungle corridor in small span.
The matter came fore during investigations of 33 members of a poaching racket who had scorched the jungles for wild cats, electrocuting them, cutting off the vital parts and burying the rest of the carcass.
Among the accused were four tantriks, who claimed to have supernatural powers that could even double the amount that can be drawn from ATM cards. But to deploy their powers, they claimed to require body parts of tigers and leopards.
This is a major breakthrough by the state forest's special taskforce (STF) team led by R P Singh, Ritesh Sirothia and his team after 116 arrests in Indo-China pangolin poaching syndicate.
... Initial investigations in this case had given in a bizarre twist to the demonetisation aftershocks. Two witch doctors had confessed to have lured villagers for killing tigers for their paws, saying they could cast magic spells to "rain money in new currency".
Full story at timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/Tigers-leopards-in-Madhya-Pradesh-become-victims-of-tantr...
#India #tigers #leopards #witchcraft
Image: Tiger poached and paws cut off for witchcraft in Madhya Pradesh, India, October 2016, via timesofindia.indiatimes.com ... See MoreSee Less
23 hours ago ·