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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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