It estimates that up to 700 falcons were illegally smuggled out of Pakistan last year alone, often by organised criminal networks.
The US has removed gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act, where they were first listed in the 1970s when their numbers fell to around 1,000. Conservationists now fear for the roughly 6,000 gray wolves when the new rule takes effect in January.
Dehorning is controversial, especially as it makes male rhinos vulnerable in fights. But they are not essential for survival, and, like fingernails, they grow back.
With the hunting season suspended in several European countries, this promises to be a spring and possibly a summer of love for the animal kingdom.
About 300,000 of the birds pass through southwestern France, where they fall prey to hunters who for decades have defied bans on harvesting them in the name of gastronomic tradition.
Conservationists estimate the land-locked southern African country to have around 130,000 elephants, close to a third of the continent’s population, but the government says the number is closer to 230,000, causing problems for small-scale farmers.
Animal rights groups have slammed the decision. The White House says it has not yet finalised allowing trophy hunters in Zimbabwe and Zambia to bring the endangered animals home as trophies.
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