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World Conservation Union (IUCN)

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November 2007: "Where cats sit in this continuum is a huge point of contention. Over the past 10 years or so, however, a growing body of research has implicated cats as a serious factor in the loss of native birds in specific habitats — mostly islands, often shorelines and sometimes inland areas. The World Conservation Union now lists the domestic cat as one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species."

November 2007: "Whaling nearly wiped it out, reducing the humpback’s numbers to perhaps a 1,000 by the mid-1960s. Today, estimates put the total at roughly 30,000. They are considered at high risk of extinction by the World Conservation Union."

August 2005: "Since the 1700s, another 112 species have died out in particular regions, and that trend, too, has accelerated since the mid-1960s: Nearly two dozen shark species are close to disappearing, according to the World Conservation Union, an international coalition of government and advocacy groups."


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Nov 30, 2007 Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird?

QUOTE: For more than 20 years, the two sides have exchanged accusations and insults over the issue of cats killing birds...cats are either rhinestone-collared mass murderers or victims of a smear campaign waged by lowdown cat haters...Which was the higher ethical duty, to save the bird or leave the cat unharmed?

New York Times
Nov 26, 2007 Japan Hunts the Humpback. Now Comes the Backlash.

QUOTE: Vessels from the groups Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace tail and harass the whaling fleet, while strong protests are lodged by environmental groups, many marine biologists, and officials from the United States, Australia and other countries. But this year those complaints have intensified, largely because Japan has added a new animal to its planned harvest of more than 1,400 whales from seven species — the humpback, Megaptera novaeangliae.

New York Times
Aug 24, 2005 Wave of Marine Species Extinctions Feared

QUOTE: Michael Hirshfield, chief scientist at the advocacy group Oceana, said he has repeatedly seen government officials provide shifting estimates of how many threatened or endangered sea turtles can acceptably die each year in eastern scallop fisheries.

Washington Post