Animal poaching and smuggling

This combination of Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 booking photos provided by the Boyle County Detention Center shows Isabelle Mason, left, and Jaimee Pack in Ky. A Kentucky pet store owner says the women stole a pair of guinea pigs, lobbing one of the animals at him during their escape on Saturday. (Boyle County Detention Center via AP)
November 18, 2019 - 6:31 am
DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pet store owner says two women stole a pair of guinea pigs, lobbing one of the animals at him during their escape. News outlets report 21-year-old Isabelle Mason and 19-year-old and Jaimee Pack on Saturday tried to smuggle out the animals from Pet Paradise without...
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This photo released by the 9th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters, shows a Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol vessel at the site of its collision with a North Korean fishing boat off the northwestern coast of the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture, Japan Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Japanese authorities said they are searching for several North Korean fishermen thrown to sea off Japan's northern coast after their boat collided with the patrol vessel and sunk early Monday in an area crowded with poachers from the North. (The 9th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters via AP)
October 07, 2019 - 8:24 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities said they rescued all of about 60 North Korean fishermen whose boat collided with a Japanese patrol vessel and sank Monday in an area crowded with poachers. Coast guard officials earlier said that only about 20 North Korean crewmembers were thrown into the sea...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 file photo, a researcher works at the Avantea laboratory inseminating eggs from the last two remaining female of northern white rhinos with frozen sperm from two rhino bulls of the same species, in Cremona, Italy. An international consortium of scientists and conservationists says they have succeeded in creating two embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino, a milestone in assisted reproduction that may be a pivotal turning point in the fate of the species. The embryos were created in-vitro, using eggs collected from the two remaining females and frozen sperm from dead males, they said at a news conference in the Italian northern city of Cremona on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File )
September 11, 2019 - 11:29 am
CREMONA, Italy (AP) — An international consortium of scientists and conservationists announced Wednesday that they have succeeded in creating two embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino, a milestone in assisted reproduction that may be a pivotal turning point in the fate of the species...
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Pope Francis holds his skull cap in the Soamandrakizay esplanade as he celebrates a vigil with youth in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 07, 2019 - 12:25 pm
ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation by urging the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's ecosystem and keeping its...
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FILE - In this June 6, 1997 file photo, Spike, a rare black rhino, is shown at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland, Ohio. The Trump administration says it will issue a permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot last year in Africa. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Scott Shaw)
September 06, 2019 - 11:44 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it will issue permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot in Africa. Documents show Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Michigan, applied last year for the permit required by the Fish and...
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Researcher Paola Turini works at the Avantea laboratory during the inseminating of eggs from the last two remaining female of northern white rhinos with frozen sperm from two rhino bulls of the same species, in Cremona, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. The northern white rhino is on the verge of extinction but Sunday's operation raises hopes that they'll survive. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
August 26, 2019 - 4:01 am
CREMONA, Italy (AP) — Eggs removed from the last two female northern white rhinos have been fertilized with sperm from the now-dead last male, but it will be about 10 days before it's known whether the eggs have become embryos, an Italian assisted-breeding company said Monday. "We expect some of...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, Carlos Rafael talks on the phone at Homer's Wharf near his herring boat F/V Voyager in New Bedford, Mass. Rafael was sentenced to prison in 2017 after pleading guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling profits overseas. The federal government announced Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, it has settled its civil case against Rafael, a fishing magnate known as The Codfather, saying he will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries. (John Sladewski/Standard Times via AP, File)
August 19, 2019 - 6:54 pm
A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement...
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August 15, 2019 - 11:19 am
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida woman who pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop and illegally possessed numerous other wild animals has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to four charges. Florida prosecutors say a Charlotte County sheriff...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo elephants drink water in the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Botswana's government says it has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, a decision that is likely to bring protests from wildlife protection groups. (AP Photo/Charmaine Noronha, File)
May 24, 2019 - 2:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Botswanan government has enlisted a public relations firm with deep ties to Hollywood to push back against the bad publicity generated by the southern African nation's decision to lift its ban on elephant hunting. 42 West, a firm mostly known for its work with celebrities and...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo elephants drink water in the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Botswana's government says it has lifted its ban on elephant hunting, a decision that is likely to bring protests from wildlife protection groups. (AP Photo/Charmaine Noronha, File)
May 23, 2019 - 12:51 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism. The southern African nation is home to an estimated...
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