Highlights / CITES

Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

U Guelph study finds majority of shark fins, ray gills from species at risk

A study of shark fins and ray gill plates for sale in markets has shown that a majority are from endangered species. The University of Guelph used its unique DNA library to identify exactly the various species. Dirk Steinke is »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Canada calls for Arctic wildlife enforcement network

As black market prices for elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns have reached historic highs, Canada is calling on circumpolar countries to join forces to prevent trafficking of iconic Arctic wildlife products such as polar bear skins and narwhal tusks. “Over »

Environment & Animal Life

U.S. stops trying to ban trade in polar bear parts

Inuit hunters in Canada are celebrating a major victory after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to stop pushing for an international ban on the trade in polar bear parts. “Though we remain concerned about the commercial use of »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics

Hunting polar bears “not detrimental” to species

While many are very concerned about the future of the world’s polar bears,  the “Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)” has recently said legal hunting of the bears does »

Environment & Animal Life, Indigenous, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Climate change, not hunting, is the real threat to polar bears

It seems counter-intuitive, but a Canadian researcher says a ban on hunting and the international trade in polar bears is not the way to protect them. He adds that polar bear hunting is strictly controlled in Canada, is well-managed by »