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Today’s news: Rare Amur leopard spotted and Chile bans shark finning

July 25, 2011

Here are some fascinating articles that the humans (and animals ) at Current Instincts are reading today. Did we miss something major? Let us know below or send us an email.

1. Whale wars in Iceland. Whaling and whale tourism are clashing in Iceland. Since whaling was allowed in 2006, businesses running whale tours have had to compete with whalers. “Whale safaris” bring in tens of thousands of tourists every year. Anti-whaling advocates say that whaling is damaging to the still struggling economy and stigmatizes the country. (Discovery News)

2. Ivory burned to highlight elephant killings. Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki recently burned 5 tons of confiscated elephant ivory to highlight the problem of poachers. Ivory is reaching record-breaking prices which is increasing illegal poaching. Check out the wise words of President Kibaki, “We wish to firmly demonstrate to the world our determination to eliminate all forms of illegal trade in ivory. Poachers and illegal trades in ivory must know that their days are numbered.” (MSNBC)

Found you little guy!

3. Rare Amur leopard caught on video. A video out of Russia shows a rare Amur leopard – which is good news for the endangered big sick cats. There are only an estimated 50 leopards left in the world. The video shows evidence that there are now 12 leopards in the Russian Far Eeast.

4. Owner of killer bear chokes to death on sex toy. That might be the greatest headline of all time. A man who made headlines last year because he owned a bear that mauled a woman to death. He was found handcuffed to a water bed and the sex toy obstructed his beathing. (MSNBC)

5. Chile bans shark finning. The Congress of Chile unanimously banned shark finning. An estimated 30 shark species live in Chilean waters, and they will now be free to swim around in peace. The passing of the bill puts Chile at the forefront of shark protection. (Discovery News)

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  1. July 26, 2011 3:21 pm

    Great news about the leopard. Wild cats struggle so much, mostly because people want to wear their fur. Hope there are more out there, but just in hiding.

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