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Europe Considers Shark Finning Ban

BRUSSELS, Belgium, August 6, 2002 (ENS) - The European Commission proposed today to prohibit shark finning, which involves the removal of fins and the discarding of the remainder of the shark at sea.

The practice is motivated by the strong international market that exists for shark fins, but it results in the death of large numbers of sharks. Shark fin is the principle ingredient in shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy that can sell for US$100 a bowl.

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Testing Animals' Immunity Level

By Rhonda L. Rundle

 07/31/2002
The Wall Street Journal

(Copyright (c) 2002, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)

OWNERS anxious about annual vaccinations can ask their veterinarians to check their pet's immunity to certain diseases.

 In the past, most such tests were costly and had to be sent to an outside laboratory. If they indicated that a dog or cat wasn't protected, the owner had to bring the pet back for vaccination.

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<b>Will the

April 28, 2001

Will the "Last of the Mohicans" change Canadian and American History?  (Not really an "article", just an enjoyable background ramble)

    by Michael Bradley,
         E-mail: michaelbradley@sympatico.ca

“Discovery” means a new revelation, but neither the definition nor the significance of that word is carved in stone.  The true nature of a discovery can be surprisingly changeable, and often has been.

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Environmental Groups Seek Prairie Dog Protection

Thu Jul 11, 2002

DENVER (Reuters) - Seven U.S. environmental groups on Thursday urged the federal government to list the white-tailed prairie dog as threatened or endangered, saying plague, oil and gas drilling as well as suburban sprawl are decimating the species.

If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service takes up the cause, the white-tailed prairie dog would become the fourth of five prairie dog species to be listed or granted worthy of listing under the Endangered Species Act because so much of the animal's habitat has disappeared.

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Boat Trouble Snags Orphan Whale's Return to Canada

Fri Jul 12, 2002

By Anthony Bolante

MANCHESTER, Wash (Reuters) - After weeks of struggling with medical and logistical questions about reuniting an orphaned killer whale near Seattle with her family pod in Canada, mundane mechanical problems on Friday forced officials to delay the animal's journey home.

The female whale, known as A-73 to scientists but nicknamed Springer by the media, was to have been hoisted at dawn from a holding pen in Washington state's Puget Sound and placed on a high-speed catamaran for the 740 km (460 mile) trip

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UK Group Blasts Cambridge Over Monkey Experiments

Fri May 24, 2002

LONDON (Reuters) - A British anti-vivisection group said on Friday it had uncovered "horrific" experiments being carried out on hundreds of monkeys at Cambridge University as part of medical research into brain diseases.

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) said some monkeys died following the experiments or had to be put down. Others suffered bleeding head wounds, fits, vomiting, severe bruising, body tremors, and mental and physical disabilities.

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Norway to Defy Ban, Resume Whale Exports to Iceland

Fri Jun 21, 2002

By Inger Sethov

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway said Friday it would defy an international ban on commercial whaling and resume exports of whale meat to Iceland after a 14-year break.

Oslo said it would issue an export license to a whaling company in the next few days to send 10-15 tons of minke whale meat to the North Atlantic island, although whales are on an international list of endangered species.

"This is a great victory," Ole Mindor Myklebust, a whal

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Falklands penguins dying in thousands

By Gavin Finch 19 June 2002

Scientists are baffled by the deaths of thousands of penguins in the Falkland Islands.

A Falklands farmer, David Pole Evans, was the first to notice that something was amiss when he saw penguins "just standing around, not looking very fit or healthy" in April.

A few weeks later, he found thousands of dead penguins on the shore of Saunders Island and in the surrounding waters.

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Oil Spill Decimated Galapagos Iguanas

By Cat Lazaroff

PRINCETON,  New Jersey,  June 6, 2002 (ENS) - Thousands of marine iguanas died within a year after a grounded tanker spilled almost 800,000 gallons of oil near their island home in the Galapagos. A new study shows that the iguanas, representing about 62 percent of the island's population, may have starved after the oil killed beneficial bacteria in their guts.

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