Wildlife poaching and smuggling

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, Carlos Rafael talks on the phone at Homer's Wharf near his herring boat F/V Voyager in New Bedford, Mass. Rafael was sentenced to prison in 2017 after pleading guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling profits overseas. The federal government announced Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, it has settled its civil case against Rafael, a fishing magnate known as The Codfather, saying he will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries. (John Sladewski/Standard Times via AP, File)
August 19, 2019 - 7:54 pm
A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement...
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July 30, 2019 - 1:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Diego conservation organization has announced the first successful artificial insemination birth of a southern white rhino in North America. San Diego Zoo Global says the mother gave birth to a healthy male calf Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Mother and calf will...
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In this photo provided by Interpol on Wednesday July 10, 2019, Chilean police officers after seizing a Slender-billed Parakeet (Enicognathus Leptorhynchus) in Chile. The World Customs Organization and Interpol said they conducted 1,828 seizures across 109 countries in June and seized nearly 10,000 live turtles and tortoises, 23 live apes, 30 live big cats, hundreds of pieces of elephant tusk, half a ton of ivory and five rhino horns. (Interpol via AP)
July 10, 2019 - 9:19 am
PARIS (AP) — Police and customs officials have carried out the most widespread anti-wildlife-trafficking operation ever in a joint global operation that's led to the seizure of tens of thousands of endangered animals and the arrest of nearly 600 suspects. The World Customs Organization and Interpol...
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June 13, 2019 - 7:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York have charged four African men with trafficking millions of dollars' worth of rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan said Thursday the conspiracy involved the poaching of some three dozen endangered rhinoceroses...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 20, 2018 file photo, giraffes and zebras congregate under the shade of a tree in the afternoon in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. The Trump administration has taken a first step toward extending protections for giraffes under the Endangered Species Act, following legal pressure from environmental groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that its initial review has determined there is “substantial information that listing may be warranted” for giraffes. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
April 25, 2019 - 5:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Years after international watchdogs began warning that giraffes are sliding toward a silent extinction, the Trump administration is taking the first tentative steps toward protecting the world's tallest land animal under the Endangered Species Act. The move, which advocates say is...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, one of over 100 pangolins and 450 kg (992 lb.) of pangolin scales seized buy the Thailand customs, estimated to be worth over 2.5 million baht (USD $75,278), are displayed during a press conference at the Customs Department headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. Singapore has seized a total of 25 tons of pangolin scales belonging to tens of thousands of endangered mammals in two busts in less than a week. The scales, which were en route from Nigeria to Vietnam, were found in 474 bags in a shipping container on Monday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
April 10, 2019 - 10:50 pm
SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore seized more than 28 tons of pangolin scales belonging to around 38,000 of the endangered mammals in the past week, a global record that spurred calls for more protection for pangolins, whose scales are used in traditional medicine. The scales were linked to four species...
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April 08, 2019 - 1:43 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rhinoceros poacher was stomped to death by an elephant and eaten by lions in a South Africa wildlife preserve, and rangers found just his skull and trousers, authorities said. The man and two others were hunting illegally at Kruger National Park last week when the elephant...
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Denpasar police chief Ruddi Setiawan, center left, holds a two-year-old male orangutan as Russian Andrei Zhestkov, center right, stands during a press conference in Bali, Indonesia on Monday, March 25, 2019. Indonesian authorities have arrested the Russian tourist who was attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of the resort island of Bali, a conservation official said Sunday. Orangutans are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
March 25, 2019 - 9:58 am
DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Monday they also found geckos and chameleons in the luggage of a Russian tourist who was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Bali. Andrei Zhestkov was detained late Friday at Bali's international airport after...
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This undated photo provided by Paul Tixier in March 2019 shows a Type D killer whale. Scientists are waiting for test results from a tissue sample, which could give them the DNA evidence to prove the new type is a distinct species. (Paul Tixier/CEBC CNRS/MNHN Paris via AP)
March 07, 2019 - 5:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, there were tales from fishermen and tourists, even lots of photos, of a mysterious killer whale that just didn't look like all the others, but scientists had never seen one. Now they have. An international team of researchers says they found a couple dozen of these...
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February 19, 2019 - 11:00 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Tanzanian judge has sentenced a Chinese trafficker who was labeled the "ivory queen" to 15 years in jail after she was convicted of smuggling about 700 elephant tusks. The PAMS Foundation, a conservation group supporting Tanzanian efforts to curb wildlife crime, says the...
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