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justice.govConnecticut Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Endangered Sperm Whale Teeth“Sperm whale teeth can weigh over two pounds each and are alluring to many collectors. But gone are the days when people can buy, sell and trade parts harvested from protected creatures like the sperm whale. This amazing creature is safeguarded from exploitation by federal laws like the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act as well as international treaties,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Wood. “Today’s guilty plea demonstrates that those who attempt to profit from the illegal trade of endangered species will face the consequences for their actions under law.”
rawholistichealth.comPhotographer Spends Years Capturing Poignant Portraits of Animals on the Brink of ExtinctionCrowned Sifaka Lemur, © Tim Flach We know that the fate of endangered species is a global issue, but it remains an abstract concept to many of us. We aren’t confronted with the faces of these creatures on a daily basis;3
phys.orgeDNA analysis—a key to uncovering rare marine speciesThe days of searching the oceans around the world to find and study rare and endangered marine animals are not over. However, an emerging tool that can be used with just a sample of seawater may help scientists learn more about rare marine life than ever before. According to Ellen Pikitch, Ph.D., of Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS), this 21st Century tool that holds such promise is eDNA analysis. Her explanation was published in a perspectives piece on June 15 in Science.
sciencealert.comNearly 1,500 Scientists Urge Congress to Uphold The Endangered Species ActNearly 1,500 scientists are calling on Congress to uphold the scientific foundations of the Endangered Species Act – an environmental law which has faced numerous attacks from GOP lawmakers who consider the policy federal overreach.7
wired.comEndangered Species and the Case for ‘Sanctuary Cities’Non-native animals and plants often arrive in cities by happenstance and carve out ecological niches for themselves. But if cities were more deliberate about biodiversity, they’d take in well-suited species that are struggling elsewhere.