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Illegal Turtle Trade Bust In Thailand

(WILDLIFE/TURTLES) THAILAND — Officials in a Thai airport recently arrested a man for having four suitcases filled with protected black pond turtles. Authorities also found 432 protected tortoises and another 52 black pond turtles in unclaimed baggage arriving from Bangladesh. International trade of the rare black pond turtle is prohibited, but together the turtles are estimated to be worth about $111,000 on the black market. The event is reminiscent of the 600 poisonous cobras rescued from traffickers in Thailand last year. Read the article below for more details on the arrest and the extent of their findings. — Global Animal

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Elephant’s Imprisonment Results In Zookeeper Death

(ZOOS/ANIMAL WELFARE) If you’re familiar with the critically acclaimed documentary Blackfish, then you’re aware of the dangerous psychological repercussions that animals in captivity acquire as a result of unnatural imprisonment. Just like Tilikum, the whale featured in Blackfish, a 41-year-old elephant named Patience killed her trainer, John Bradford, yesterday at a cruel elephant exhibit in Springfield, Missouri which she had been confined to for many years. After being captured from the wild, she was shipped from zoo to zoo throughout the U.S., but not before her 18-month-old son was taken from her. With the combination of abuse, neglect, and confined environment she’s had to endure, it’s no surprise that this tragedy took place. Read on for more information regarding Patience, animals in captivity, and how this unfortunate accident could have been prevented. — Global Animal

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Clinton’s Crusade Combats Elephant Poachers

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION/POACHING) Traditionally elephants have been symbols of the Republican Party, but that won’t stop Hillary Clinton from lending the pachyderms a helping hand. On Thursday, Clinton announced an $80 million plan to combat elephant poaching and trafficking. If elephant poaching continues at the same rate, the giant land animals are expected to disappear within a decade. Continue reading below to see how Clinton’s plan will aid the elephant cause. — Global Animal

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Etsy Goes Eco To Protect Endangered Species

(CULTURE) Unlike its competitors, like eBay and Google Shopping, the popular e-commerce website, Etsy, is cracking down on the illegal trade of animal products. On Monday, the website focused on handmade and vintage items announced an update to their Prohibited Items policy which now lists products made from endangered or threatened species. The new policy includes a ban on fur, pelts, ivory, teeth, bones, and taxidermied specimens from animals protected by the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Read on for more details on the new Etsy restrictions. — Global Animal

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Year Of The Snake: A Year For Change

(ANIMAL WELFARE) While many turn a blind eye, there is no denying that the exotic snake skin trade continues to be big business in the fashion industry. Not only is this cruel fashion trend disastrous for several snake species, but it also allows for the inhumane killing of animals who are skinned alive and left to die in agony. In the article below, contributor Niqui Stubbs sheds light on the shocking reality behind this illegal trade. Read on to learn about the dangers of supporting the exotic animal skin fashion industry and how companies are urging the public to “keep wildlife out of your wardrobe.” — Global Animal

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Prince William Stands Up For Elephants (VIDEO)

(ANIMAL TRADE) In a video addressed to more than 2,000 delegates at the 12-day Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in Bangkok, Britain’s Prince William calls upon our world’s leaders for stronger action on the worldwide illegal ivory trade. In the video released earlier this week, the 30-year-old Duke of Cambridge urges, “We must do more to combat this serious crime if we are to reverse the current alarming trends. If not, we could soon see some populations of these creatures, or even an entire species, disappear from the wild.” Fortunately, at the opening of the conference, Thailand’s Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, also promised to amend Thai laws that currently allow for elephant tusks to be smuggled into Thai and Chinese markets. Read on to learn more about the growing ivory trade crisis and watch Prince William’s video below. — Global Animal

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The Biggest Animal Killer On Earth

(WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING) Vixay Keosavang, or more infamously known as the “Pablo Escobar of wildlife trafficking,” is the single largest known wildlife trafficker in Asia. Xaysavang Trading, one of Mr. Vixay’s companies, recently perpetrated one of the biggest swindles in environmental crime history according to rhino horn smuggling experts. Despite overwhelming evidence, officials in his homeland of Laos have refused to pursue any sort of investigation into his awful empire, leaving him essentially untouchable. Without stopping him, wildlife officials say that there is little hope of dismembering a business empire that they say connects Africa to Asia and ultimately, to customers of ivory and traditional medicines in China and Vietnam. Read the article below to unveil the sad truth behind the most villainous wildlife smuggler to ever exist. — Global Animal

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New Slow Loris Species Already Endangered

(NEW SPECIES) A new species has come to light after a team of international researchers in Borneo discovered an unfamiliar species of slow loris. The previously undiscovered animal, alongside two other slow lorises considered before to be sub-species, has been formally recognized as its own unique species. The slow loris is a nocturnal primate closely related to lemurs and known for its distinct facial markings and toxic bite. Published in the American Journal of Primatology, the new type of loris, titled Nycticebus kayan, was found in the central-east highland area of Borneo’s jungle. According to a statement made by the scientists, ” Nycticebus kayan is a new group unrecognized before as distinct.” Unfortunately, the UK and United States scientists claim that the species is already endangered. Because of its “teddy bear face,” the animal is an attractive commodity in the Asian pet trade. Continue reading to learn how you can help preserve the dwindling species. — Global Animal

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