Rakuten bans whale meat

Apr 3, 2014

Rakuten bans whale meat

Rakuten notifies sellers it will halt all sales of whale and dolphin meat at the end of the month, after a scathing report by the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency.

Okapi, Flufftail face extinction: Red List

Dec 7, 2013

Okapi, Flufftail face extinction: Red List

The giraffelike Okapi and the White-winged Flufftail, one of Africa’s rarest birds, are on the verge of extinction, conservation body the IUCN warned recently. In an update to its Red List of threatened species, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature said the ...

Curbs eyed for young Pacific bluefin tuna catch

Nov 19, 2013

Curbs eyed for young Pacific bluefin tuna catch

International regulations on fishing for bluefin tuna in the Pacific will be made tighter next year in the face of sharp declines in stocks of the fish, which is highly prized for sushi. In a report released in July, international researchers estimated the ocean’s ...

Group warns horseshoe crabs at risk

Jul 18, 2013

Group warns horseshoe crabs at risk

The head of a citizen-based conservation group has warned that horseshoe crabs on the Tsuyazaki tideland in Fukuoka Prefecture are declining sharply. Marine life expert Mari Shuno spends every summer on the tideland in the city of Fukutsu researching the animals under the harsh ...

Russia blocks bid for Antarctic ocean sanctuary

Jul 17, 2013

Russia blocks bid for Antarctic ocean sanctuary

Russia on Tuesday blocked attempts by Western countries to create the world’s largest ocean sanctuary off Antarctica, green groups said. The Russian representative questioned the legal right of a meeting in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, to declare such a haven, according to organizations at the ...

Jun 22, 2013

Fighting the poachers on Africa's thin green line

by David Smith

Esnart Paundi rarely smiled for the camera. One old photo shows her wearing her ranger’s camouflage fatigues and a pensive expression as she crouches beside a mound of bushmeat and three despondent poachers, one handcuffed. In another she is in a black leather jacket ...