Wildlife poaching and smuggling

Bollywood star Salman Khan arrives at the airport after he was granted bail in Jodhpur, Rajasthan state, India, Saturday, April 7, 2018. A court on Saturday granted bail to Khan, who is appealing his conviction on charges of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago. Khan was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison on the charges and was immediately sent to jail. Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi ordered him to sign a surety bond of 50,000 rupees ($770) on Saturday before he could be set free in Jodhpur, a town in western India. (AP Photo/Sunil Verma)
April 07, 2018 - 9:05 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — A court on Saturday granted bail to Bollywood superstar Salman Khan while he appeals his conviction on charges of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago, a welcome development for thousands of fans who greeted their hero with songs and firecrackers. Khan was...
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This image released by the Guardia Civil on Friday April 6, 2018 shows eels. Spain's Civil Guard says it has brought down a criminal network making lucrative profits by smuggling glass eels to Asia, a burgeoning illicit traffic that is worrying both law enforcement agencies and scientists. Four Chinese citizens, three Spaniards and three Moroccans have been arrested in Spain in an operation coordinated by the European Union's police body, Europol, and involving Spanish and Portuguese investigators. (Guardia Civil/via AP)
April 06, 2018 - 2:14 pm
MADRID (AP) — Spanish and Portuguese authorities announced Friday that they have taken down a criminal network that has been making large profits by smuggling glass eels to Asia. Authorities across the continent have been trying to tackle the smugglers, who take European glass eels to Asian...
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Bollywood star Salman Khan, second left, arrives to appear before a court in Jodhpur, Rajasthan state, India, Thursday, April 5, 2018. Khan was convicted Thursday of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago and sentenced to five years in prison, with the trial judge describing him as a "habitual offender.". (AP Photo/Sunil Verma)
April 05, 2018 - 11:27 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood superstar Salman Khan was convicted Thursday of poaching rare deer in a wildlife preserve two decades ago and sentenced to five years in prison, with the judge describing him as a "habitual offender." The heavily muscled actor contended he did not shoot the two blackbuck...
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April 04, 2018 - 6:14 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Poaching, poisoning and other hazards have taken a heavy toll on Africa's endangered vultures. New research suggests that the scavengers also face another threat — toxic bullet lead that they ingest while eating the carcasses of animals shot by legal hunters. One-third of nearly...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, May 3, 2017, a ranger takes care of Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in Kenya. Sudan has died after "age-related complications" researchers announced Tuesday, saying he "stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength." (AP Photo)
March 20, 2018 - 12:58 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The death of the world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, doesn't end efforts to save a subspecies of one of the world's most recognizable animals. The focus now turns to his stored semen and that of four other dead rhinos, as well as the perfection of in vitro...
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In this Sunday, March 18, 2018, photo, a one-horned rhinoceros walks inside the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam state, India. A tiny wildlife sanctuary in northeastern India has reported a jump in the number of one-horned rhinoceroses. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
March 20, 2018 - 7:49 am
GAUHATI, India (AP) — A tiny wildlife sanctuary in northeastern India has reported a jump in the number of one-horned rhinoceroses. All of the world's five rhino species are under threat from poachers who sell their horns on black markets, often in countries where rhino horn is believed to increase...
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A new U.S. advisory board is shown meeting for the first time to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos, Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Interior Department in Washington. A review by The Associated Press found that the board is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump's family, despite federal laws requiring that such advisory committees be 'fairly balanced.' (AP Photo/Michael Biesecker)
March 16, 2018 - 5:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Big-game hunters tapped by the Trump administration to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants and lions as trophies defended the practice Friday, arguing that threatened and endangered species would go extinct without the anti-poaching...
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FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an agent holding a male tiger cub that was confiscated at the U.S. border crossing at Otay Mesa southeast of downtown San Diego. The cub, now much larger than in this photo, that lives at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, Calif., has undergone emergency surgery to fix internal problems he probably had before being rescued. The park says the male cub, named Moka, had the operation on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and appears to be recovering, but he'll remain under observation. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP, File)
March 08, 2018 - 11:14 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Bengal tiger cub that was being smuggled into California from Mexico has undergone emergency surgery to fix internal problems he probably had before being rescued. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park says the male cub, named Moka, had the operation Tuesday and appears to be recovering...
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In this Dec. 2017, photo provided by Rachel Tovar, right, poses with her husband Arturo Tovar at a Catholic cathedral in Mexico City. Rachel Tovar, a former worker of the Fullmer Cattle Co., a western Kansas calf ranch, told the Associated press that the ranch forces immigrants to toil long days to work off loans from Fullmer Cattle Co. for the cost of smuggling them into the country. (Photo courtesy Rachel Tovar via AP)
March 07, 2018 - 1:50 pm
SYRACUSE, Kan. (AP) — Immigrants working on a remote Kansas ranch toil long days in a type of servitude to work off loans from the company for the cost of smuggling them into the country, according to five people who worked there. There are no holidays, health insurance benefits or overtime pay at...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 28, 2017 file photo, wildlife ranger Zachariah Mutai takes care of Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in Kenya. The health of 45-year-old Sudan is deteriorating and his minders said Thursday, March 1, 2018 that his "future is not looking bright." (AP Photo/Joe Mwihia, File)
March 06, 2018 - 4:16 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As the health of the world's last male northern white rhino declines in Kenya, a global team of scientists and conservationists is pushing ahead with an ambitious effort to save the subspecies from extinction with the help of the two surviving females. Participants in the...
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