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January 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
A poaching ring that involved the slaughter of more than 400 black bears in the Northeast was broken Tuesday with the arrests of 11 people, officials said. The bears were killed for their gall bladders, which are prized as aphrodisiacs in the Far East. The arrests were the culmination of a 2 1/2-year investigation by wildlife officials from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Protectors of a rare Tibetan antelope are disappointed by the sentence given to smugglers of contraband shahtoosh shawls made from the animal's ultra-fine wool. In the first U.S. felony case to be prosecuted over illegal trade in shahtoosh, a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey last week handed Navarang Exports of Bombay, India, five years' probation and a $5,000 fine, though the maximum fine allowed is $500,000.
March 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Twenty-one Californians have been arrested for buying animal parts, selling raw animal furs without a trapping license and poaching, the state Fish and Game Department said. Arrests were made in San Francisco, Humboldt, Modoc, Shasta and Orange counties, said DeWayne Johnston, chief of the department's wildlife protection division. During a 15-month investigation, two undercover agents bought and sold hundreds of pelts and animal parts.
October 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Hippos in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo face extinction and could be wiped out in many parts of Virunga National Park by year's end because of intense poaching by rebels, the Zoological Society of London said Saturday. In the first two weeks of October, more than 400 hippos were slaughtered in the park, once home to one of Central Africa's greatest hippopotamus populations, the group said.
November 26, 1989
It was encouraging to read Michael Parrish's article ("Making It Pay to Conserve," Oct. 28). It seems that most environmental articles we read today are nothing but a litany of bad news. At the heart of Parrish's article was yet another example of how our planet really works: that all actions are truly interconnected. Typically, this oneness is exemplified by citing environmental damage resulting from some economic activity: acid rain, ozone depletion, deforestation, etc. In this case, we look at the connection between the human desire to survive and the resulting environmental disaster.
January 10, 1993 | PAUL DEAN
Worldwide, illegal hunting has brought the rhinoceros, tiger, polar bear, elephant, lion, bison, blue whale, eagle, panda, whooping crane, condor, abalone, gorilla and a thousand other species to the edge of extinction. In the United States, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say, poaching and smuggling animals and their parts is a new, rich, secondary traffic among drug- and gunrunners; a double rhinoceros horn is worth up to $250,000.
August 20, 1988
In response to Michael Hiltzik's article "For Africa's Hunters, It's a New Battle," Part I, June 21: At first glance it seems inoffensive but it confuses yesteryear with the present. Hiltzik refers to professional hunters as " . . . walking reminders of the white colonial tradition." Of those he quotes, one is sculptor Terry Mathews. A man of art, he is hardly reminiscent of "white colonial tradition" (whatever that term may mean). Another, Allan Earnshaw never was a professional hunter and is by training an anthropologist.
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