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Entries for June 2015

WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs John Calvelli issued the following statement following the passage of Trade Promotion Authority

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The following statement is from John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Director of the 96 Elephants Campaign, on today’s House Foreign Affairs Committee markup of H.R. 2494, the Global Anti-Poaching Act.

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WCS Praises Vote on Ivory Bill by California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water

Bronx, NY -- June 23, 2015 -- State bill would enable California to play a critical role in ending the current poaching crisis driving elephants toward extinction.

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United for Wildlife Partners Welcome China’s Bold Steps in the Fight Against the Illegal Wildlife Trade
June 22, 2015--Following the destruction of 662 kgs of confiscated ivory in Beijing on 29th May 2015, Zhao Shucong, Head of China’s State Forestry Administration, set out 10 tough measures to tackle the illegal wildlife trade and suggested that there would be strict control of ivory processing and trade until the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products are eventually halted.

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Statement by WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs John Calvelli at the Times Square Ivory Crush
New York, NY -- June 19, 2015 -- The following remarks were given today by WCS Executive Vice President for Public Affairs John Calvelli at the ivory crush in New York City's Times Square.

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Statement from WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper on Times Square Ivory Crush

New York, NY -- June 19, 2015 -- WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper issued the following statement today on on the crush of 1 ton of confiscated ivory in New York City's Times Square.

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Traders of One of Indonesia’s Most Hunted Bird Species Arrested
June 18, 2015– Forest rangers from the Gunung Leuser National Park (GLNP), the Government of Indonesia, and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) announced today the arrest of two suspects engaged in the illegal trade of helmeted hornbill beaks. The suspects’ operation involved 30 hunters who poached the birds inside Indonesia’s Leuser landscape—a continuous forest covering more than 25,000 square kilometers, most of which lies in the provin...

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 New Report Outlines a Brighter Future for Yellowstone Bison
June 17 -- With recommendations to inform the development of a new Yellowstone-Area Bison Conservation Plan, the National Parks Conservation Association, National Wildlife Federation, and Wildlife Conservation Society today released a report, The Future of Yellowstone Bison Management. The report coincides with the ongoing effort by the National Park Service, State of Montana, and other federal and tribal collaborating agencies to develop a new management plan for bison in and around Yellow...

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Categories: Species, Protect, Bison

NGOs Urged to Unite to Help Stop Elephant Slaughter ahead of U.S. Times Square Ivory Crush
June 17  - Days ahead of the U.S. Times Square ivory stockpile destruction, Stop Ivory, along with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Save the Elephants, are appealing to NGOs around the world to heed the call of eight African countries to join the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) to stop the wholesale slaughter of elephants which threatens is decimating elephant populations across Africa.

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Bronx, NY – June 16, 2015 – The WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Bronx Zoo has partnered with the FarmOn! Foundation and is hosting a number of interactive gardening experiences in a new farming display on the lawn outside of the Butterfly Garden.

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