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Sloth guts are designed for hanging upside down

Three-toed sloths have a unique abdominal design -- their innards fixed to their lower ribs to avoid squashing the lungs while hanging upside down, a study said Wednesday. The South and Central American forest dweller, also known as the brown-throated sloth, spends a large part of its life hanging from its hind legs to reach young, tender leaves growing on the tips of branches, as well as to groom.

Canada aims to ease whale protection as pipeline decision looms

By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada has recommended taking humpback whales off the "threatened" species list, two months before the government is due to decide whether to approve a proposed pipeline that would lead to half a million barrels of oil being shipped through their Pacific marine habitat every year. The Department of the Environment released a document over the Easter holiday that recommends the North Pacific humpback whales should now be labeled a "species of special concern."

Humpback protections downgrade clears way for pipeline

Environmentalist activists on Tuesday decried Canada's downgrading of humpback whale protections, suggesting the decision was fast-tracked to clear a major hurdle to constructing a pipeline to the Pacific Ocean. The government however denied it is playing pipeline politics with the whales. Ottawa announced over the weekend the reclassification of humpback whales as a "species of special concern" rather than "threatened."

California breeder who had 20,000 dead, dying reptiles, rats must pay $190,000 in restitution

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution. Mitchell Steven Behm, 55, of Coto de Caza, also was sentenced to five years of probation and 200 hours of community service during a hearing Wednesday. He owned Global Captive Breeders in Lake Elsinore, 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles, which sold exotic snakes and reptiles, along with rats for reptile food.

Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research. The bullish response, which could see harpoon ships back in the Southern Ocean next year, sets Tokyo back on a collision course with environmentalists. Campaigners had hailed the decision by the International Court of Justice, with hopes that it might herald the end of a practice they view as barbaric.

Japan to redesign Antarctic whale hunt after UN court ruling

Japan said Friday it would redesign its controversial Antarctic whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific, after a United Nations court ruled it was a commercial hunt masquerading as research. The bullish response, which could see harpoon ships back in the Southern Ocean next year, sets Tokyo back on a collision course with environmentalists. Campaigners had hailed the decision by the International Court of Justice, with hopes that it might herald the end of a practice they view as barbaric.

Japan will conduct Pacific whale hunt despite court ruling

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Friday it would conduct its annual Northwest Pacific whaling campaign this year despite an international court ruling against the program last month, but in a sharply scaled down form. The decision to proceed with the hunt was certain to provoke international anger.

Japan to continue whaling in Pacific this year

The Japanese government said Friday it will continue whaling in the Pacific Ocean, with whalers set to depart in late April, despite a U.N. court ordering Tokyo last month to halt its program in the Antarctic. Tokyo had already announced it will not conduct whaling in the Antarctic this year under the current program, abiding by the International Court of Justice ruling. But it will submit a new whaling program to the International Whaling Commission, aiming to resume its whaling in the Antarctic from next fiscal year.

Japan to continue scientific whaling in Pacific

Japan has decided to continue its whaling programme in the Pacific Ocean, reports said Friday, despite losing a United Nations court case on its other "research" hunt in the Antarctic. If confirmed, the move will likely spark anger among environmentalists who hailed last month's ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Tokyo's hunt in the Southern Ocean was a commercial activity disguised as science.

Japan to continue research whaling in Pacific

Japan has decided to continue its whaling programme in the Pacific Ocean, reports said Friday, despite losing a United Nations court case on its other "research" hunt in the Antarctic. If confirmed, the move will likely spark anger among environmentalists who hailed last month's ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Tokyo's hunt in the Southern Ocean was a commercial activity disguised as science.
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