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Zoonosis Diseases That Jump Between Animals and Humans

Zoonosis Diseases That Jump Between Animals and Humans   Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome   Perhaps this could explain the Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome and why exotic cat owners are often psychotic.   ScienceDaily (Mar. 11, 2009) — Scientists have discovered how the toxoplasmosis parasite may trigger the development of schizophrenia and other bipolar disorders.   The team from the University of Leeds' Faculty of Biological Sciences has shown that the parasite may play a role in the development of these disorders by Read More

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India: Leopard skin seized in Kerala

KOCHI - Thursday, December 24, 2009PNS - ThiruvananthapuramTwo young men were arrested with a leopard skin worth Rs 600,000 from Aryankavu near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border by the Flying Squad and Intelligence officials of the Forest Department. The two men, arrested from their homes late Tuesday night, were under the scanner of the Forest Department for the past some days, officials said. This was the second leopard skin seizure in Kerala this month. Cat skin worth Rs 700,000 had been seized from Palakkad on December 4. Officials said the frequent Read More

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India: Two smugglers held with leopard skins

Dehradun, Dec 22 (PTI) Two smugglers were arrested along with five leopard skins and other animal parts in Haridwar, police today said.Somwari Lal and Jodh Singh, both residents of Uttarkashi district were arrested yesterday when following a tip-off at Chandichowk area.On checking their bags, five skins, teeth and bones of leopards were recovered, police said adding that the smugglers had purchased skins and other parts of leopards from some Nepali citizens in Uttarkashi and had come to Haridwar to sell them to a person from New Delhi.They also Read More

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Ethiopian shop owners sentenced for selling lion, other wild animal parts

Ethiopia: Courts Ambush Illegal Wildlife-Products' TradersMinassie Teshome14 December 2009Addis Fortune (Addis Ababa)The Federal First Instance courts of the Arada and Pawlos areas' criminal benches passed a verdict of 5,000 to 9,000 Br in fines, last week, against 81 defendants accused of illegal trading of wildlife products.The defendants were placed under police custody during a six-hour raid in Addis Abeba on November 25, 2009, in search of illegal wildlife articles in 115 souvenir and gift article shops located around the main post office, Read More

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Reporting illegal trade or sale of snow leopard parts

Recently, we were contacted about the possilbe sale of a snow leopard fur shawl online. This prompted us to look into actions you can take if you discover similar situations. Please understand that it is very important to first confirm whether the item you see is indeed snow leopard, and that we are by no means the final authority on this matter:*****In 1975, snow leopards were listed in Appendix I of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora) and in 1985 they became an Appendix-I species of the Convention Read More