Animal poaching and smuggling

FILE -- in this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo Cecil the Lion rests near Kennedy One Water Point in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. The son of Cecil the lion has been shot dead in Zimbabwe, two years after his father's killing ignited international outrage. Now there's fresh outcry over the "trophy" hunting of a species whose numbers in the wild have plummeted. (AP Photo/Sean Herbert, File)
July 21, 2017 - 12:02 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — First there was Cecil, a Zimbabwean lion whose allegedly illegal killing by an American hunter in 2015 ignited international outrage. Now Cecil's son Xanda has been legally killed in the same area, bringing fresh scrutiny on the "trophy" hunting of a species whose numbers in the...
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July 11, 2017 - 6:55 pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to killing a bald eagle because he was upset that the bird was taking fish from his pond. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia says in a statement that 62-year-old Allen Thacker of Smithfield pleaded guilty Tuesday to...
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July 08, 2017 - 9:22 am
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A group of wealthy businessmen, a Buddhist priest and other social higher-ups on trial in Sri Lanka for allegedly keeping illegally captured elephants may get their animals back — legally. Sri Lanka's government says it is ready to forgive the owners of poached elephants...
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FILE – In this May 19, 2015 file photo, Sri Lankan police officers march with a ceremonially dressed elephant calf during a Victory Day parade in Matara, about 165 kilometers (103 miles) south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s government says it is ready to forgive the owners of poached elephants and give them a chance to apply for an elephant license provided they can prove in court that they did not know the animals that were confiscated from them had been illegally captured from the wild. Though capturing wild elephants has been banned for decades and registration records indicate there should be only 127 elephants in captivity, most of them older, young elephants are a common sight in the country's 400 or so Buddhist religious processions and traditional ceremonies every year. (AP Photo/Nishan Priyantha, File)
July 07, 2017 - 9:07 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A group of wealthy businessmen, a Buddhist priest and other social higher-ups on trial in Sri Lanka for allegedly keeping illegally captured elephants may get their animals back — legally. Sri Lanka's government says it is ready to forgive the owners of poached elephants...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Albert Almora (far right) and other members of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant holds the other "45" sign. Almora denied making an offensive gesture to the president during the meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
July 07, 2017 - 1:20 pm
A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: FIVE RHINO POACHERS KILLED BY FOUR ANGRY RHINOS THE...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2014, file photo, customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City. Federal prosecutors say Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabled. Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in which Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby consented to the fine and forfeiture of thousands of tablets and bricks written in cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing, as well as other artifacts that prosecutors say were shipped without proper documentation. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
July 06, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain whose devout Christian owners won a landmark Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, is caught up in an antiquities-smuggling scandal that has opened the company to accusations of hypocrisy. The Oklahoma City-based business agreed to pay a $3 million fine...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2014, file photo, customers walk to a Hobby Lobby store in Oklahoma City. Federal prosecutors say Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabled. Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in which Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby consented to the fine and forfeiture of thousands of tablets and bricks written in cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing, as well as other artifacts that prosecutors say were shipped without proper documentation. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
July 06, 2017 - 7:12 pm
Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain whose devout Christian owners won a landmark Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, is caught up in an antiquities-smuggling scandal that has opened the company to accusations of hypocrisy. The Oklahoma City-based business agreed to pay a $3 million fine...
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In this June 2, 2017 photo, a volunteer "oyster wrangler" with the American Littoral Society prepares to load bags of shells onto a boat in Red Bank, N.J. The group is hanging the shell bags off the docks of participating homeowners along the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers to see if any oysters remain in the waterways in which they once were plentiful. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
July 04, 2017 - 10:49 am
RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey environmental group that has had success re-establishing oyster colonies in struggling waterways is trying a new tactic in two rivers at the Jersey shore: checking the water to see if oysters are already there. The work by the American Littoral Society aims to see...
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This camera trap photo taken July 2016 and supplied by Panthera group, shows a leopard in Angola, which has taken steps to welcome international conservationists who are assessing the state of national parks following the nearly three-decade civil war that ended in 2002. Conservation groups say many wildlife populations were depleted and the situation is dire, but there's potential to rebuild despite the continuing threat of poaching. (Panthera via AP)
July 03, 2017 - 10:27 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hippos, malaria and capsized canoes were among the hazards for National Geographic researchers paddling along an Angolan river that had been barely studied. On a separate survey in Angola, a conservationist drove on remote tracks where wrecked tanks and other remnants of decades...
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This camera trap photo taken July 2016 and supplied by Panthera group, shows a leopard in Angola, which has taken steps to welcome international conservationists who are assessing the state of national parks following the nearly three-decade civil war that ended in 2002. Conservation groups say many wildlife populations were depleted and the situation is dire, but there's potential to rebuild despite the continuing threat of poaching. (Panthera via AP)
July 03, 2017 - 7:52 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hippos, malaria and capsized canoes were among the hazards for National Geographic researchers paddling along an Angolan river that had been barely studied. On a separate survey in Angola, a conservationist drove on remote tracks where wrecked tanks and other remnants of decades...
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