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Lawsuit Aims to Speed U.S. Protection for Foreign Birds, Butterflies

November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to propose Endangered Species Act protection for seven foreign wildlife species. The species — four butterflies and three birds — are parked on the Service’s “candidate” waitlist, where some have lingered unprotected for more than 30 years.

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Lawsuit Demands Crucial U.S. Wildlife Trade Data

November 17, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to release data on wildlife traded across U.S. borders. The United States imports millions of animals, plants and wildlife products each year from around the globe, and these imports are all tracked by the Service.

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Lawsuit Aims to Protect African Leopards From U.S. Trophy Hunters

November 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— Animal protection and conservation groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to propose stricter protections for African leopards under the U.S. Endangered Species Act to address the harms of trophy hunting.

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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Government’s Failure to Protect Giraffes

October 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal protection groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to propose critical Endangered Species Act protections for Africa’s rapidly dwindling giraffe population. Each year giraffe parts, including bones and skins, are imported into the United States to be turned into home décor, frivolous accessories and fashion.

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Part One of UN Biodiversity Meetings Starts: Will World Call for Halt to Extinctions in 2022?

October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— As countries prepare to gather online starting Oct. 11 for the 15th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, conservationists are calling on attendees to adopt an agreement to halt human-induced extinctions in 2022.

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México debe responder ante fallas en el cumplimiento de la legislación ambiental para proteger a la vaquita: Comisión del T-MEC

September 9, 2021

MONTREAL— Según una decisión de la Comisión para la Cooperación Ambiental, un organismo de escrutinio ambiental bajo el Acuerdo comercial México-Estados Unidos-Canadá (T-MEC), el gobierno de México debe responder ante las acusaciones de no haber hecho cumplir la legislación ambiental para proteger a la vaquita marina en peligro crítico de extinción.

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USMCA Commission: Mexico Must Respond on Vaquita Enforcement Failures

September 9, 2021

MONTREAL— Mexico must respond to allegations that the government failed to enforce protections for critically endangered vaquita porpoises, according to a decision by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. The commission is an environmental review body under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.

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Petition Seeks U.S. Protections for Atlantic Humpback Dolphin

September 8, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service today to list the Atlantic humpback dolphin under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Atlantic humpback dolphin populations are in serious decline, and the species is already recognized as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, Red List.

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IUCN World Conservation Congress Convenes to Tackle Global Priorities

September 3, 2021

MARSEILLE, France— Members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will gather this week for the quadrennial World Conservation Congress to make critical policy decisions to address conservation priorities including the ongoing biodiversity crisis.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Dismal Pace of Foreign Wildlife Protections

August 26, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity announced its intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to propose Endangered Species Act protection for 19 foreign wildlife species. The species, which include five butterflies, 13 birds and a clam, are parked on the Service’s “candidate” wait list, where some have lingered unprotected for over 30 years.

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Instan a Comisión del T-MEC a investigar la falta de protección a la vaquita marina

August 11, 2021

MONTREAL— Grupos de conservacionistas solicitaron hoy a la Comisión de Cooperación Ambiental (CCA) investigar el incumplimiento del gobierno de México a sus leyes de pesca y comercio. Las fallas de cumplimiento del gobierno de México violan el nuevo Acuerdo Comercial entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC) y, si continúan, provocarán la extinción de la vaquita marina.

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USMCA Commission Urged to Investigate Mexico’s Failure to Protect Vaquita Porpoise

August 11, 2021

MONTREAL— Conservation groups petitioned the Commission on Environmental Cooperation today to investigate Mexico’s failure to enforce its fishing and trade laws. Mexico’s enforcement failures violate the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. If those enforcement failures continue, they’ll cause the vaquita porpoise to go extinct.

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U.S. Wildlife Officials Punt on Foreign Species Protections, Again

August 9, 2021

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will keep 19 imperiled wildlife species on its “candidate” wait list, delaying much-needed Endangered Species Act protections. Some of the species, which include 13 birds, five butterflies and a clam, have been awaiting U.S. protections for more than 30 years.

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Emperor Penguin Proposed for U.S. Endangered Species Protection

August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON— Following a petition and lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed the emperor penguin for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The species is gravely threatened by sea-ice loss driven by the climate emergency.

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Federal Ban Sought to End Dangerous Trade in Live Wild Birds, Mammals

August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups petitioned the Biden administration today to ban U.S. imports and exports of all live birds and mammals, including for food, pets and other uses. A proactive ban would reduce the risk of future zoonotic disease outbreaks like COVID-19, which jump from wildlife to people.

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La UNESCO insta a poner fin al muro fronterizo que amenaza la vida silvestre en sitio de Patrimonio Mundial en México

July 23, 2021

FUZHOU, China— El Comité del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO instó hoy a los Estados Unidos a detener la construcción del muro fronterizo, trabajar con México para evaluar los daños del muro en la Reserva de la Biosfera El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar en México y en las tierras protegidas adyacentes en los Estados Unidos, y restaurar el paisaje y hábitat de la vida silvestre.

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UNESCO Urges End to Border Wall Threatening World Heritage Site, Wildlife in Mexico

July 23, 2021

FUZHOU, China— The UNESCO World Heritage Committee today urged the United States to stop border wall construction. The committee also called on the United States to work with Mexico to assess damage from the wall to a World Heritage site in Mexico and adjacent protected lands in the United States and recommend ways to restore the landscape and wildlife habitat.

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Mexico Drastically Eases Enforcement in Vaquita ‘Zero Tolerance’ Area

July 16, 2021

LA PAZ, Mexico— Mexico announced this week that it will ease enforcement in the vaquita’s core Upper Gulf of California habitat, at a time when only 10 of these unique, small porpoises remain on Earth. The move will hasten the porpoise’s extinction as vaquita are caught in the illegal gillnets of fishermen.

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Buscan protección para el emblemático caracol rosado

July 15, 2021

LA PAZ, México— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica presentó hoy una petición que busca la protección del caracol rosado bajo la Norma NOM-059-Semarnat-2010, una regulación que enlista a las especies en riesgo de extinción. El caracol rosado tiene una gran demanda por su carne y su emblemática concha, que se utiliza para decoración y joyería; la sobrepesca y la captura furtiva han provocado su declive en el Caribe mexicano.

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Protection Sought for Mexico’s Iconic Queen Conch

July 15, 2021

LA PAZ, Mexico— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition today seeking protection for the queen conch under Mexico’s Standard NOM-059, a federal law that protects at-risk species from extinction, like the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The large, marine snail is heavily in demand for its meat and iconic shell, which is used for décor and jewelry; overfishing and poaching have caused its decline in the Mexican Caribbean.

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Biodiversity Negotiations Fail to Call for Global Halt to Species Extinctions

July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON— A draft of the global framework to combat biodiversity loss was released today, and it fails to call for a halt to species’ extinctions. The framework is being negotiated by parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity — 195 countries plus the European Union — and the Convention is meant to function as the premier international agreement on biodiversity conservation. The framework has been under negotiation since 2019 and is supposed to guide the parties in sustaining a healthy planet during the next decade and on to 2050.

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Lawsuit Launched Over Federal Protections for Black Teatfish Sea Cucumbers

June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity sent a notice of intent to sue the federal government today for failing to act on a petition to protect black teatfish sea cucumbers under the Endangered Species Act. Overfishing to supply the luxury seafood trade has caused rapid population declines for this sea cucumber species that is found in shallow waters outside the United States.

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Lawsuit Challenges U.S. Failure to Protect Foreign Wildlife

June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to protect seven imperiled animals found outside U.S. borders. The animals include two beautiful Brazilian butterflies and a woodpecker threatened by U.S. jungle warfare training activities in Japan.

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Biden Administration Urged to Release Critical Records on Wildlife Imports

June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON— More than 20 groups urged the Biden administration on Friday to release wildlife import and export data hidden from the public since 2015. The data documents the millions of plants and animals that enter and leave the United States each year for the exotic pet trade, hunting trophies, medicinal products, fashion, décor and more. It is a unique and invaluable source of information for conservationists, scientists and members of the media alike.

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Lawsuit Seeks Public Accountability for U.S. Financing of Climate-Damaging International Projects

June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON— Environmental groups sued the United States International Development Finance Corporation, or DFC, today for illegally exempting itself from the Sunshine Act, which requires multi-member federal agencies to open deliberations to the public. The DFC provides billions of dollars in financing each year to international projects, including fracking and environmentally destructive road-building.

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Biden Administration Urged to Use Lacey Act to Ban Wildlife Imports That May Spread Disease

April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— In a bid to reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases entering the United States, a group of conservation organizations urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to assess and designate wildlife species as “injurious” based on their potential to transmit diseases that could threaten human health.

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U.S. Wildlife Officials Petitioned to Ban Import, Sale of Banggai Cardinalfish

April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups filed a petition today urging the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to ban the import and sale of threatened Banggai cardinalfish from Indonesia.

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Exhorto a líderes mundiales de sancionar a México para salvar a las marsopas en peligro de extinción

April 1, 2021

WASHINGTON— En una serie de cartas entregadas hoy, grupos conservacionistas instaron a autoridades estadounidenses e internacionales a emplear sanciones para presionar a México y que salve a la vaquita marina, cuya población se ha reducido a tan solo 10 animales. A pesar de repetidas promesas durante décadas, el gobierno mexicano no ha logrado detener el uso de redes de enmalle mortales que enredan, ahogan y matan a estas marsopas, llevándolas a la extinción.

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Global Leaders Urged to Sanction Mexico to Save Critically Endangered Porpoises

April 1, 2021

WASHINGTON— In a series of letters delivered today, conservation groups urged the United States and international authorities to use sanctions to pressure Mexico to save the vaquita, whose population has dwindled to just 10 remaining animals. Despite repeated promises for decades, the Mexican government has failed to stop the use of deadly gillnets that are entangling, drowning and killing these porpoises — driving them to extinction.

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WHO Report: Wildlife Exploitation Likely Caused COVID-19 Pandemic

March 30, 2021

GENEVA— The SARS-CoV-2 virus likely originated from human exploitation of wildlife, according to today’s findings from a World Health Organization-led investigation.

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Elephants in Africa Face Grave Extinction Threat, New Expert Assessment Finds

March 25, 2021

GENEVA— In a long-awaited move, the International Union for Conservation of Nature announced today that elephants in Africa face a serious risk of extinction. At the same time, it is officially identifying African elephants as two distinct species: savanna elephants and forest elephants.

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New York Court Upholds State Ban on Ivory, Rhino Horn Sales

March 8, 2021

NEW YORK— A federal court in New York on Friday upheld the state’s ban on sales and in-store displays of elephant and mammoth ivory and rhino horn — rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional. The Art and Antique Dealers League of America and the National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America challenged the law in 2018.

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Buscan la protección de flores silvestres de Arizona y México y bajo la Ley de Especies Amenazadas en EEUU

March 3, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz.— En respuesta a una petición del Centro para la Diversidad Biológica y la Sociedad Audubon de Maricopa, el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de los Estados Unidos propuso hoy la protección bajo la Ley de Especies Amenazadas del eryngo de Arizona, una planta en peligro crítico que habita en humedales en sólo cuatro poblaciones sobrevivientes en Arizona y México (Sonora y Chihuahua). El eryngo anteriormente también vivía en un lugar en Nuevo México, pero ahora se ha ido del estado.

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Thousands Urge Biden to Commit U.S. to Doing Fair Share on Climate

February 17, 2021

WASHINGTON— Just days before the reentry of the United States into the Paris Agreement becomes official, environmental groups delivered a petition to the Biden administration signed by more than 50,000 Americans demanding that the U.S. commit to cutting its fair share of emissions.

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Treaty Commission to Scrutinize Mexico’s Loggerhead Sea Turtle Deaths

February 9, 2021

MONTREAL— An environmental body established under the NAFTA replacement, the newly negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, concluded that the deaths of hundreds of loggerhead sea turtles in Mexico due to fishing gear entanglement warrant a formal response from Mexico and further review under the treaty.

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Coalition Submits Amicus Brief in Nangaritza Case Calling for Bold Application of Rights of Nature in Ecuador

February 3, 2021

QUITO, Ecuador— A coalition of forest experts, river protectors and law professors submitted an amicus brief this week to Ecuador's Constitutional Court calling for a robust application of the “Rights of Nature” to protect the Upper Nangaritza River Basin Protected Forest ("Bosque Protector de la Cuenca Alta del Rio Nangaritza”) from dangerous and harmful mining. This is the latest case in a series that the Constitutional Court will draw from to determine what the Rights of Nature means in practice.

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Biden Administration Urged to Reverse Trump Failures on Foreign Wildlife Protections

February 3, 2021

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today urging the Biden administration to protect 19 imperiled species found outside U.S. borders. The animals include a beautiful Brazilian butterfly and a woodpecker threatened by U.S. jungle warfare training activities in Okinawa.

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Buscan la protección del tiburón mako y pepino de mar en México

January 21, 2021

LA PAZ, México— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica presentó una petición hoy con la que se busca la protección del tiburón mako de aleta corta y el pepino de mar verrugoso bajo la Norma de México NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, que enlista las especies en riesgo. La industria pesquera mexicana captura miles de ambas especies cada año.

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Shortfin Mako Shark, Warty Sea Cucumber Protection Sought in Mexico

January 21, 2021

LA PAZ, Mexico— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition today seeking protection for the shortfin mako shark and warty sea cucumber under Mexico’s Standard NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, the nation’s list of species at risk. The Mexican fishing industry catches thousands of both species every year.

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Center for Biological Diversity Joins IUCN as Member

January 14, 2021

GENEVA, Switzerland— The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) admitted the Center for Biological Diversity as an official member this week. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. There are currently more than 1,400 government and nongovernmental IUCN members from more than 170 nations.

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Instan a México a oponerse al muro de Trump y ayudar a restaurar los recursos naturales y culturales

January 12, 2021

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO— Grupos conservacionistas mexicanos, científicos y los líderes tradicionales O'odham de México instaron hoy al gobierno mexicano a oponerse a que se siga construyendo el muro fronterizo, condenar la destrucción ambiental y trabajar con la administración Biden para reabrir los corredores de vida silvestre cortados por el muro de Trump.

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Letter Urges Mexico to Oppose Trump’s Wall, Help Restore Natural, Cultural Resources

January 12, 2021

MEXICO CITY— Mexican conservation groups, scientists and the Traditional O’odham Leaders of Mexico today urged the Mexican government to oppose further border-wall construction, condemn the wall’s environmental destruction, and work with the Biden administration to reopen wildlife corridors severed by Trump’s wall.

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Petition Seeks USMCA Review of Mexico’s Loggerhead Sea Turtle Deaths

December 17, 2020

MONTREAL— The Center for Biological Diversity and the Mexican Center for Environmental Law (Cemda) filed a petition today under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement over the government of Mexico’s failure to protect endangered north Pacific loggerhead sea turtles from fishing gear entanglements.

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International Report Calls Out United States for Driving Wildlife Trade

October 29, 2020

WASHINGTON— A panel of international experts today linked zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 to “unsustainable exploitation of the environment,” including the wildlife trade and land-use change. The new findings echo a recent Center for Biological Diversity report.

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Lawsuit Aims to Save Leopards From Import to U.S. as Hunting Trophies

October 28, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal-protection groups filed a lawsuit today challenging decisions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that authorize leopard trophy imports from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia into the United States.

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Legal Action Initiated to Speed Endangered Species Act Protections for Giraffes

October 14, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal-protection groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to consider Endangered Species Act protections for Africa’s rapidly dwindling giraffe population.

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Report: America’s Massive Wildlife Imports Fuel Global Pandemic Risks

September 28, 2020

WASHINGTON— The United States imported almost 23 million whole animals, parts, samples and products made from bats, primates and rodents over a recent five-year period, according to a report released today by the Center for Biological Diversity. Rodents, bats and primates harbor 75% of known zoonotic viruses — pathogens that spread from animals to people.

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Piden ambientalistas al Tribunal Supremo de Ecuador que proteja Los Cedros y haga cumplir los 'Derechos de la Naturaleza'

September 4, 2020

QUITO, Ecuador— Grupos ambientalistas presentaron hoy un testimonio legal instando a la Corte Constitucional de Ecuador a detener todas las concesiones mineras en el bosque protector Los Cedros, un “Área Clave para la Biodiversidad” global. El documento cita preocupaciones de la famosa primatóloga Jane Goodall y más de 1,200 científicos destacados.

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Environmental Groups Ask Ecuador´s Highest Court to Protect Los Cedros, Enforce Constitutional ‘Rights of Nature’

September 4, 2020

QUITO, Ecuador— Environmental groups filed a legal brief today urging the Constitutional Court of Ecuador to halt all mining concessions in the Los Cedros protected forest, a global “Key Biodiversity Area.” The brief cites concerns from famed primatologist Jane Goodall and more than 1,200 other prominent scientists.

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Judge Orders Deadline for New North Atlantic Right Whale Protections

August 19, 2020

WASHINGTON— As a result of a successful lawsuit by several environmental and animal organizations, a federal judge today ordered federal fishery managers to issue a new rule for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales no later than May 31, 2021.

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U.S. Agrees to Decide Pangolin Protections

August 18, 2020

WASHINGTON— Under a new legal agreement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals, should be protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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Animal, Environmental Organizations Call on White House to Support G20 Ban on Wildlife Trade

August 17, 2020

NEW YORK— Advocacy organizations today urged Thomas Storch, White House senior trade advisor and G20 Sherpa, to support and champion a permanent ban on wild-animal markets that could become sources for future pandemics.

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Black Teatfish Sea Cucumbers Move Toward Endangered Species Protection

August 7, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service found today that the imperiled black teatfish sea cucumber may warrant Endangered Species Act protection and potentially a trade ban. Overfishing and the wildlife trade have caused rapid population declines for these plump, spotted, shallow-water sea cucumbers.

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New Study Calls for Funding to Prevent Deforestation, Curtail Wildlife Trade

July 23, 2020

DURHAM, N.C.— A study being published tomorrow in the journal Science concludes that spending $22-$31 billion to curb habitat loss, deforestation and wildlife trade and monitor and control disease emergence would dramatically reduce the risk of another pandemic. That represents just 2% of the total cost — $10-$20 trillion — inflicted on the global economy by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Right Whales Decline as Deadly Entanglements Continue, IUCN Finds

July 9, 2020

GLAND, Switzerland— North Atlantic right whales are moving closer to extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared today in an update to its “Red List of Threatened Species.” The large whales found off the East Coast of the United States and Canada are declining because of entanglements in commercial fishing gear and ship strikes.

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Demanda busca sanciones comerciales contra México mientras la vaquita marina afronta la extinción

June 11, 2020

Washington— Organizaciones conservacionistas demandaron hoy a la administración de Trump para forzar una decisión atrasada de sancionar a México por su pesca y comercio ilegal que está causando la extinción de la vaquita marina. El gobierno de EE.UU. ha ignorado la petición legal de las organizaciones desde 2014 donde se solicitan sanciones como la prohibición de todas las importaciones de productos pesqueros de México, en virtud de una ley estadounidense llamada la Enmienda Pelly.

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Lawsuit Seeks Trade Sanctions Against Mexico as Vaquita Porpoise Faces Extinction

June 11, 2020

WASHINGTON— Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to force a long-overdue decision to sanction Mexico over its illegal fishing and trade that is causing the vaquita porpoise’s extinction. The U.S. government has ignored conservationists’ 2014 legal petition seeking sanctions, including a ban on all fish and wildlife imports from Mexico, submitted under a U.S. law called the Pelly Amendment.

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Presentan Demanda Para Enlistar a Tiburones Martillo Como Especies Amenazadas

March 11, 2020

LA PAZ, MEXICO— El Centro para la Diversidad Biológica presentó una demanda innovadora que busca la protección de tres especies de tiburón martillo bajo la Norma NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, que enlista a las especies en riesgo. La industria pesquera captura en aguas nacionales y exporta miles de toneladas de tiburones martillo al año.

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Groundbreaking Lawsuit Pushes Mexico to Protect Hammerhead Sharks

March 11, 2020

LA PAZ, Mexico— The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a groundbreaking lawsuit seeking protection for three species of hammerhead shark under Mexico’s Standard NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, the nation’s list of species at risk. The Mexican fishing industry catches thousands of tons of hammerheads a year.

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EEUU Amplía Embargo de Pescados y Mariscos Mexicanos para Salvar a la Vaquita

March 5, 2020

WASHINGTON— El Servicio Nacional de Pesca Marina anunció ayer la prohibición de las importaciones de camarones y otros productos marinos mexicanos que se capturan en el hábitat de la vaquita marina que está en peligro crítico. Esta acción se realiza conforme a la Ley de Protección de Mamíferos Marinos (MMPA por sus siglas en inglés), que faculta al gobierno de Estados Unidos a prohibir la importación de productos del mar capturados con artes de pesca, que maten mamíferos marinos y que excedan las provisiones de sus normas.

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U.S. Government Expands Mexican Seafood Ban to Save Vaquita Porpoise

March 4, 2020

WASHINGTON— The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that it will ban imports of Mexican shrimp and other seafood caught in the habitat of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. The action is being taken under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), which requires the U.S. government to prohibit the import of seafood caught using fishing gear that kills marine mammals in excess of United States standards.

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Trade Ban, Stronger Protections Sought for 20 Imperiled Coral Species

February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government today to provide critical new protections for 20 threatened coral species, including a ban on trade and new rules against killing and harming them. Although the corals have been listed under the Endangered Species Act since 2014, they currently receive few safeguards, despite existential threats from climate change and the aquarium trade.

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Lawsuit Forces Trump Administration Action on Emperor Penguins

February 19, 2020

WASHINGTON— In an agreement filed in federal court today, the U.S. government promised to determine whether to propose Endangered Species Act protections for beloved but imperiled emperor penguins by July 2021.

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After Legal Loss, Trump Administration Disbands Illegal Trophy Hunting Council

February 9, 2020

NEW YORK— After a key legal defeat, the Department of the Interior has told a federal district court in New York that no future meetings of the International Wildlife Conservation Council will take place, bringing an end to the controversial council.

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Lawsuit Aims to Force Trump Administration to Halt U.S. Pangolin Trade

January 22, 2020

WASHINGTON— Wildlife conservation groups sued the Trump administration today to force officials to propose Endangered Species Act protections for critically imperiled pangolins.

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Cost of Destructive U.S. Airbase Project in Japan Nearly Triples

January 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— Building a U.S. military base in Okinawan waters will cost 2.7 times as much as previously estimated, according a new announcement from Japan’s Defense Ministry. Now slated to take years longer to complete than expected, the proposed U.S. airbase could also wipe out the Okinawa dugong, one of the Earth’s most endangered marine mammals.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Urged to Reject Import of Trump Jr.’s Argali Sheep Trophy

December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal-protection organizations today sent a letter urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny an import permit for the horns, skin or other parts of a trophy-hunted argali sheep killed by Donald Trump Jr. in Mongolia.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Urged to Investigate Trump Jr.’s Reported Killing of Mongolian Argali Sheep Without Permit

December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity urged U.S. law enforcement officials today to investigate whether Don Trump Jr. can legally import a threatened argali sheep he killed in Mongolia last summer. According to news reports, the hunt took place, and the argali was shot, without the permit required under Mongolian law.

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Pangolins Decline as Deadly Poaching Continues, Red List Experts Find

December 10, 2019

GLAND, Switzerland— Three pangolin species have moved closer to extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared today in an update to its respected “Red List of Threatened Species.” The scaly mammals continue to be hard-hit by poaching that serves an international market for their scales and meat.

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Legal Action Initiated to Force Trump Administration to Halt U.S. Pangolin Trade

November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON— A coalition of wildlife groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to propose pangolin protections under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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House Committee Green-lights Climate-killing Export-Import Bank

October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON—The House Financial Services Committee this morning approved a bill reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, a taxpayer-funded operation that has financed oil pipelines, mines, power plants and other environmentally destructive projects around the world.

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Tests Find Plastic in 20 Percent of Mexican Fish

October 10, 2019

MEXICO CITY— Microplastics from product packaging and other sources are present in the stomachs of 20 percent of commercially important fish from three regions in Mexico, according to new tests by conservation groups and scientists from prominent Mexican universities.

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Court Rejects Trump Administration Efforts to Shield Unlawful Trophy-hunting Council

September 23, 2019

NEW YORK— A federal district court in New York this morning rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Department of the Interior’s International Wildlife Conservation Council, an advisory body composed primarily of trophy-hunting profiteers and firearm manufacturers.

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House Democrats Advance Bill Protecting Lions, Elephants From Trophy Hunting

September 18, 2019

WASHINGTON— The House Natural Resources Committee advanced several bills today that would increase protection for imperiled wildlife, including legislation that would restrict imports of hunting trophies from dead African lions and elephants.

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Trump Administration Grants First Trophy Import Permit for Tanzanian Lion

September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has authorized a U.S. hunter to import a lion trophy from Tanzania — the first allowed from that country since lions were given protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in January 2016. A Florida man received permission to import the lion’s skin, skull, claws and teeth, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service records belatedly released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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In Rare Good News for World’s Wildlife, Treaty Meeting Is Huge Success

August 28, 2019

GENEVA— As the 18th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) wraps up in Geneva today, nations confirmed new protections for dozens of endangered wildlife species. The CITES treaty regulates the trade in imperiled animals and plants — the second biggest threat to species’ survival after habitat loss.

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Beautiful Ornamental Tarantulas Win Global Protections From Pet Trade

August 26, 2019

Geneva, Switzerland— More than a dozen kinds of tarantulas native to Sri Lanka and India will get stronger trade protections under an international treaty, with member countries voting to address over-collection in the wild and skyrocketing demand in the pet industry. The United States imports thousands of these tarantulas every year.

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Teatfish Sea Cucumbers Get Much-needed Global Trade Protections

August 25, 2019

GENEVA— Nations around the world have voted to adopt critical trade protections for three types of sea cucumbers to curb overfishing and the animals’ steep population declines. The decision was reached during this week’s meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), a multilateral treaty that protects imperiled plants and wildlife affected by trade.

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World Governments Agree to Trade Protections for Giraffes

August 22, 2019

GENEVA, Switzerland— Parties to an international wildlife treaty today agreed to regulate trade in giraffes, throwing the imperiled animals a lifeline as their populations plummet. A coalition of African nations proposed the protections, which require permits and tracking of exports in live and dead giraffes and their parts.

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CITES’ Last Chance to Save Vaquita Porpoise

August 14, 2019

LONDON― As governments from around the world prepare to meet in Geneva for the 18th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), a new report urges the imposition of trade suspensions against Mexico for its failure to protect the critically endangered vaquita from illegal fishing and trade in the totoaba, a large fish found in Mexico’s Gulf of California.

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Trump Administration Agrees to Revisit Ocean Salmon Fishing Impact on Endangered West Coast Orcas

July 19, 2019

SEATTLE― A lawsuit challenging West Coast salmon fishing’s impact on critically endangered orcas was put on hold today after the Trump administration agreed to update its analysis. A federal judge approved the settlement and stayed the case until May 1, 2020, or sooner if the National Marine Fisheries Service completes the new biological opinion that will include mitigation measures.

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Demonstrators Rally for Imperiled Porpoises at Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C.

July 12, 2019

WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal-protection organizations rallied today outside the Mexican embassy to call on the Mexican government to take drastic action to save the few remaining vaquita porpoises left on the planet. According to scientific experts, between six and 22 of these marine mammals remain, with 10 being the most credible estimate of the population.

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Scientists: Giraffes in Kenya, Tanzania ‘Endangered’

July 11, 2019

WASHINGTON— Highlighting the need for global action to fight giraffes’ silent extinction, a body of scientific experts today declared giraffes in Kenya and Tanzania — called Masai giraffes — endangered.

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Comité del Patrimonio Mundial de UNESCO Designa Hábitat de la Vaquita Como “En Peligro”

July 3, 2019

BAKÚ, Azerbaiyán— El Comité del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO aprobó hoy una designación de “en peligro” para una región de México que es el último hábitat de la vaquita marina en peligro de extinción y de un pez llamado totoaba. Un equipo internacional de expertos científicos recientemente concluyó que únicamente quedaban alrededor de 10 vaquitas vivas en 2018.

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World Heritage Committee Designates Vaquita Porpoise Habitat as ‘In Danger’

July 3, 2019

BAKU, Azerbaijan— The UNESCO World Heritage Committee today approved an “in danger” designation for an area of Mexico that is the last remaining home of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise and an endangered fish called the totoaba. An international team of scientific experts recently concluded that only about 10 vaquitas remained alive in 2018.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Critically Endangered Okinawa Woodpecker

June 26, 2019

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of its intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect the Okinawa woodpecker under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Only between 50-249 mature individual Okinawa woodpeckers remain, and many inhabit a U.S. military facility in Japan.

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Trump Administration Urged to Protect Giraffes on World Giraffe Day

June 20, 2019

WASHINGTON— On World Giraffe Day, a coalition of conservation and animal-protection organizations will pressure the Trump administration to move forward with Endangered Species Act protection for giraffes.

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