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Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Revision of the Section 4(d) Rule for the African Elephant

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2016-06-06/pdf/2016-13173.pdf

Final rule to increase protection for African elephants by imposing a near total ban on U.S. trade in African elephant ivory.  From the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s GovInfo

 

Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://cetsound.noaa.gov/Assets/cetsound/documents/Roadmap/ONS_Draft_Roadmap_Complete_June1.pdf

Draft document on efforts to protect marine animals from rising levels of underwater noise created by human activities.  The noise levels lead to a reduced ability to navigate, find food and mates, avoid predators, and perform other critical functions.  Calls for an integrated approach to mitigating the effects of ocean noise over the next 10 years.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Commerce Department

 

15 Facts About Our National Mammal: The American Bison

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Laws/Regulations,Native Americans

https://www.doi.gov/blog/15-facts-about-our-national-mammal-american-bison

The American bison became the national mammal of the U.S. on 5/9/2016 when President Obama signed into law the National Bison Legacy Act.  Here are 15 facts about bisons including their size, eyesight, lifespan, importance to Native Americans, and why you should be cautious if their tail is sticking straight up.  Includes some great photos.  From the Department of the Interior.

 

U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking: 2015 Annual Progress Assessment

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice,Treaties

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/254013.pdf

The first such report. It describes the accomplishments of the Task Force which include training of enforcement officials around the world and dissuading consumers from buying illegal wildlife products. From the State Department

 

Effects of Hydrocarbon Extraction on Landscapes of the Appalachian Basin

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Transportation

http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2015/3064/fs20153064.pdf

Argues that shale-gas and other hydrocarbon mining activities can result in substantial landscape disturbance including the creation of wells, roads, pipelines, and related infrastructure across the Appalachian area. Such changes affect ecosystem function, and the health and distribution of plant and animal species. From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

USGS Role and Response to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Health/Medical,Homeland Security,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2015/3059/pdf/fs20153059.pdf

Describes the threat posed by avian influenza, the manner in which it spreads, and the response of the U.S. government to the threat. From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Laws Related to Hunting Lions in Zimbabwe

Categories: Africa,Animals/Wildlife,Crime/Justice

http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2015/08/falqs-laws-related-to-hunting-lions-in-zimbabwe/?loclr=eaiclb

Following the controversial killing of a lion named Cecil by an American hunter, this report covers what the law says about hunting lions in Zimbabwe, responsibility for managing wildlife, restrictions on hunting methods and weapons, the penalties for illegal hunting, and sources of more information about wildlife laws in African countries.  From the Law Library of Congress

 

Veterinary Feed Directive

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Animals/Wildlife,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/03/2015-13393/veterinary-feed-directive

Controversial final rule which brings use of antibiotics in animals under veterinary supervision.  The rule is a response to the rise of disease-resistant microbes due to overuse of antibiotics.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

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