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Japan cuts Pacific whale quota by 45% - Japan has stated that the annual whale quota from the North Pacific whale hunt is to be cut by 45% from 380 whales to 210. The start of the whaling hunt will also be delayed for 4 days so that the sailing of the whaling fleet does not clash with the visit of US http://ow.ly/2FPFsX
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Emmanuel De Merode: A Story of Conflict Renewal & Hope - A video of a TED talk given by Emmanuel de Merode about the Virunga National Park (20 minutes). The talk was given in Geneva in 2011. http://ow.ly/2FIxdi
A video of a TED talk given by Emmanuel de Merode about the Virunga National Park (20 minutes). The talk was given in Geneva in 2011.
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Chinese state begins to move out of bear bile farming - A Chinese government owned company is handing over its bear bile farm to an animal welfare group. The group plans to convert the farm in the southern Guangxi region’s capital Nanning into a bear sanctuary. The handing over of the facility will see 130 bears currently resident there given a new lease of life. Hong http://ow.ly/2FGxdH
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Deadly poaching kingpin surrenders in the Congo - Warlord and poaching kingpin Paul 'Morgan' Sadala has reportedly surrendered to DR Congo officials. The warlord gave himself up, together with an estimated 40 supporters. Sadala was the man behind the raid on the Okapi Project  2 years ago which saw women and children raped and kidnapped, staff murdered including a rangers wife being burned http://ow.ly/2FFuKg
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Call for conservationists to acknowledge local experts - A group of wildlife researchers are calling on the academic world to consider giving greater priority to acknowledging the role that local experts and guides have in contributing to scientific research. Many conservation research projects are dependant on local but non-academic people or success. These experts though are rarely given credit in paper http://ow.ly/2FBniU
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Suspended sentence for falconer guilty of cruelty - The former manager of Barn at Beal’s bird of prey centre near Berwick has been sentenced to nine weeks suspended prison sentence, 150 hours of community service and banned from owning birds for 10 years.  Thomas Burford, 22, was found guilty of sustained cruelty of birds in his care by Newcastle magistrates. Burford took over http://ow.ly/2FNfXB
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Virunga National Park chief warden shot in ambush - Emmanuel de Merode, Chief Warden of Africa's oldest national park Virunga has been shot in an ambush while driving to the Congolese national park head quarters in Rumangabo. His vehicle was ambushed by unknown gunmen. The Belgian foreign minister has stated that the country will launch an inquiry into the ambush of its http://ow.ly/2FIrQH
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Two environmental activists murdered each week - A new report published today by Global Witness states that in the last 10 years 908 environmental activists have been killed and over the last 4 years the killings have averaged at 2 a week. At the same time only 10 of the killers have been caught and prosecuted. The report, Deadly Environment, has been published http://ow.ly/2FGgkW
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Will Japan return to whaling in 2015? - Papers filed by Japan's  Institute of Cetacean Research against the Sea Shepherd organisation in the US courts yesterday (Friday 11th April) indicated that Japan may be returning to the Antarctic for whaling in 2015. This would mean that Japan is set to redesign its JARPA II programme to abide by the decision of the International http://ow.ly/2FBniT
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US Marines head to Chad in war on poachers - The United States is set to boost its fight against the poachers by deploying a unit of marines to Chad. The team of solders and sailors will be training Chad wildlife rangers in combat techniques for when they are in the field and come into contact with intruders. The team of US Marines will be http://ow.ly/2FxVjB
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