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Poaching threatens to wipe out African rhinos

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12:00 AM CDT on Friday, March 19, 2010
Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times

LIMPOPO PROVINCE, South Africa – A sharp upsurge in rhino poaching by organized-crime gangs has devastated Zimbabwe's rhino population and threatens to wipe out South Africa's critically endangered black rhinos within a decade.

South African rancher Pelham Jones, who leads a rhino owners' group organized to combat poaching, warns that the more common white rhino won't be far behind unless something is done.

A report last year by the World Wildlife Fund, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the wildlife-trade monitoring network Traffic said poaching had reached a 15-year high, pushing the animals close to extinction. About 1,500 rhino horns were traded illegally in the past three years, despite a long-standing ban on international trade.

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UN rejects Atlantic bluefin tuna ban

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Last Updated: Thursday, March 18, 2010 | 3:41 PM ET

The Associated Press


A U.S.-backed proposal to ban the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna prized in sushi was rejected Thursday by a UN wildlife meeting, with scores of developing nations joining Japan in opposing a measure they feared would devastate fishing economies.


It was a stunning setback for conservationists who had hoped the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, would give the iconic fish a lifeline. They joined the proposal's sponsor Monaco in arguing that extreme measures were necessary because the stocks have fallen by 75 per cent due to widespread overfishing.

"Let's take science and throw it out the door," said Susan Lieberman, director of international policy with the Pew Environment Group in Washington. "It's pretty irresponsible of the governments to hear the science and ignore the science. Clearly, there was pressure from the fishing interests. The fish is too valuable for its own good."


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DFO reverses decision on salmon farm expansion

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Ecojustice Press Release

Submitted by Kori BrusMar 17, 2010 07:22 AM


Project will not go forward without a proper Environmental Assessment

Mar 17, 2010

VANCOUVER – Facing the threat of a lawsuit from environmental groups, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has withdrawn its approval authorizing the expansion of the Doyle Island salmon farm near Port Hardy, B.C. The project, which sought to expand production at the facility by 37 percent, will now undergo an environmental assessment which will examine its impacts on wild salmon stocks and the health of the ocean.

Ecojustice, on behalf of Living Oceans Society, had threatened legal action against DFO unless a proper environmental assessment was triggered for the proposed expansion of the Doyle Island facility. On March 12, DFO announced that they will fulfill their legal obligation and undertake an environmental assessment of the facility, as required by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA).

“This is the exactly the result we wanted,” said Will Soltau of Living Oceans Society. “By following the law DFO is ensuring that the potential threats of this expansion to wild salmon and the marine environment can be examined.”

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Carrying On The Tradition

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Those who cannot learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. Hancock Wildlife Foundation has access to the archives of a number of wildlife photographers and videographers including of course, David Hancock's own films going back to the 1950s and 60's. It will take time and money to bring these archives to the web so that we may again enjoy them, but we think this will be worthwhile - so we've added it to the list of projects that we are looking to you for funding for.

To give you a taste of the kind of films we're talking about, I direct your attention to some recently released 1/2 hour documentaries now available from PBS. These were made back in 1969 and aired on TV in 1970 as a series. While they are not from our available archives, they are similar in scope and subject matter to what we have.

The "Our Vanishing Wilderness" series was made before the first Earth Day. These films were made before most people realized that our environment was not capable of absorbing all the pollution we were spewing - the were made before GreenPeace was founded - and they were made before David Hancock started fighting to re-build the wild eagle population around Vancouver.

We're sure you'll agree that the messages in these films is still worth telling. That's one of the reasons we are doing what we do here - helping you understand and learn to empathize with the wilderness creatures we have over the years harmed.

Please take some time to review these films - then come back and see what you can do to help us restore some or all of the ones we and David have in the archive.

Thank you



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