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1996 Oct
In Australia the rabbit calcivirus was released. It quickly cut the rabbit population and forced eagles to concentrate on road kill. Increased incidents of vehicle collisions with eagles was reported.
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1996
Frans de Waal authored "The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and other Animals."
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1997 Jan 18
In Tanzania it was reported that the lion population had fallen by about a third in the Serengeti National park due to distemper in dogs that transmitted up the food chain. More than 1,000 lions had died over the last 2 years.
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1997 Feb
Some 3,000 sea lions died from a 200-ton oil spill off the Uruguayan coast from the Panamanian ship San Jorge, which ran aground near the island of Lobos.
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1997 Mar 5
Brain researchers announced that some instinctual behavior was successfully transferred between chicken and quail embryos. The young birds did not live past 14 days.
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1997 Apr 28
It was reported that a type of Mad Cow Disease was killing deer and elk in the Fort Collins region of Colorado and Wyoming. The "spongiform encephalopathies" riddled the brain with holes and it was wondered if the disease might be transmitted to humans as the fatal Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease.
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1997 Apr
In Hong Kong shops sold out of the Tamagochi cyber pet in ten minutes on the first day of sale.
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1997 May 1
Virtual Pets began to be marketed by Tiger Electronics and Bandai Ltd. of Japan. The egg-sized gadgets played out the lives of various animals on a liquid crystal display.
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1997 May 20
It was reported that a plan was approved to allow Venezuela’s 4,000 jaguars to be legally hunted. Proceeds of hunting licenses would be used to move remaining jaguars to protected areas.
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1997 May 20
In Venezuela it was reported that a plan was approved to allow the country’s 4,000 jaguars to be legally hunted. Proceeds of hunting licenses would be used to move remaining jaguars to protected areas.
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1997 May 26
Venezuela’s jaguar hunting plan was dropped.
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1997 May 26
In Venezuela the jaguar hunting plan was dropped.
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1997 May 30
The Swiss based World Fund for Nature said that the few thousand remaining tigers in the world were dying off at a rate of one per day.
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1997 May 31
It was reported that more than 60 monk seals were killed from eating fish that had ingested a toxic algae off of Mauritania’s Atlantic coast. It was estimated that only some 350 of the monk seals were left worldwide.
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1997 Jun 21
From Thailand it was reported that operators of illegal logging ventures in northern Thailand were feeding their elephants amphetamine-laced bananas to speed up work before the rainy season. The practice began a few years ago and 10 animals have died of overwork and exhaustion.
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1997 Jun 27
It was reported that some 42 dead seals were washed ashore at Point Reyes National Seashore in California in a ten day window in late May and early June. Cause of death was unknown but new deaths seemed to have stopped.
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1997 Jul 9
In India half of the Asian elephant population of 60,000 lived in an area of just 168,000 sq. miles.
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1997 Jul 9
From Thailand it was reported that elephants were dying around pineapple orchards, possibly from chemical poisoning. Only some 500 elephants remained in the country.
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1997 Jul 10
In Britain thousands of rural people showed up at Hyde Park to defend the sport of fox and deer hunting. A bill to ban the hunting of foxes, deer, hares and mink with dogs was being considered.
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1997 Jul 15
Marine biologists diving from the Johnson Sea Link in the Gulf of Mexico discovered what appeared to be a new species of worm of the family polychaetes. The worms lived on top of frozen mounds of gas hydrates.
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1997 Sep 13
From New Zealand it was reported that the government approved the release of the rabbit calcivirus to eradicate the rabbit pest problem.
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1997 Oct 2
The EU formally set up a common foreign and security policy in the Amsterdam Treaty. It set to adopt key asylum and immigration measures within five years of the treaty's entry into force, expected in 1999. A protocol to the 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam reclassified animals as sentient beings.
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1997 Oct 4
It was reported that Greenpeace had found crabs contaminated with twice Europe’s allowed radiation level near the La Hague nuclear waste reprocessing plant near Cherbourg in northwestern France.
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1997 Oct 23
A psychologist at UC Berkeley, S. Marc Breedlove, found that sexual activity among rats reduced the size of neurons at the base of the spinal cord. Smaller neurons are more active and fire more frequently and may have become "primed for more action."
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1997 Nov 10
A report on the Black Sea told of the disappearance of 20 0f 26 commercial fish species since 1970. Industry, agriculture and fishing practices caused a collapse of the Black Sea ecosystem in the late 1980s. The Monk seal was reported near extinction, dolphins and porpoises were reported down to 250,000 from 1 million in the 1970s, and blue mussels were in serious decline due to pollution.
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1997 Nov 28
In Britain the House of Commons approved a bill, 411-151, to ban wild animals from being pursued, injured or killed by the use of dogs (i.e. foxhunting). It was not supported by the labor government.
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1997 Nov 29
From Chile it was reported that giant rats, fattened from feeding on droppings of hormone-fattened poultry, were attacking barnyard animals in the Maipu suburb of Santiago.
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1997 Dec 7
It was reported that the world’s tiger population was down to 6000, from 100,000 a century ago. 5 of 8 subspecies are left: Indian (Bengal), Sumatran, Chinese, Indo-Chinese and Amur (Siberian).
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1997 Dec 26
From Texas it was reported that the Emu market had collapsed and that the 100-pound birds were roaming the countryside and being slaughtered by frustrated owners.
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1997
In Vietnam about 55 million rats were killed this year.
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1997
In Malaysia a virus struck the village of Nipah and killed 105 people, most of whom were involved in the hog-farming industry. Some 1.2 million hogs were destroyed and the Nipah virus epidemic ran its course over 7 months. The epidemic was later related to burning rain forests and bats seeking new food sources that passed the virus to pigs that passed it to humans. Most animals recovered but it was lethal to 40% of humans.
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1997
In China a freshwater dolphin in the Yangtze River, known as the Baiji dolphin, was last reliably sighted. Estimates said only about 17 of the 6-foot dolphins remained. The white dolphin had been known for centuries in Chinese legend as the Goddess of the Yangtze.
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1998 Jan 7
It was reported that over 1200 Hooker’s sea lion pups had died in the sub-Antarctic islands south of New Zealand from an unknown disease.
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1998 Jan 11
From China it was reported that parrots had become a speculative rage in Beijing where a green-faced parrot could fetch $2,400.
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1998 Jan 12
From Venezuela it was reported that over 140 dead dolphins were recently washed ashore on La Tortuga Island. There were no external wounds other than some reddish marks on the abdomen.
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1998 Mar 30
In eastern Arizona nearly a dozen Mexican gray wolves were released into the White Mountains after an absence of 30 years.
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1998 Apr 30
A report in Nature traced mammals back to around 100 million years before the present using a "molecular clock."
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1998 Jul 8
It was reported that elephant poaching had increased in Kenya.
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1998 Jul 11
From Australia it was reported that dingoes from Mount Archer National park near the central Queensland coast were stalking neighborhoods for food.
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1998 Jul 23
Scientists at the University of Hawaii announced they had turned out more than 50 carbon-copy mice, with a cloning technique said to be more reliable than the one used to create Dolly the sheep.
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1998 Jul 25
It was reported that authorities in Split, Croatia, declared a natural disaster following an invasion of mice that devoured the region’s crops.
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1998 Aug 3
In Austria Hermann Nitsch (b.1938) ignored animal rights protestors and began a 6-day festival during which he planned to kill pigs and bulls and paint pictures with their blood. This was his 100th such performance (named the 6-Day Play after its length) and it took place at his castle, Schloss Prinzendorf.
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1998 Aug 14
Russia announced that it would proceed with plans to regulate wolves with a planned poisoning of 15,000.
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1998 Aug 15
In Britain it was reported that 6,000 mink from a fur farm in Ringworm had been released by animal rights activists. The released mink caused a wildlife disaster as they preyed on all wildlife.
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1998 Aug 29
In England new type of mosquito was reported to be breeding in the underground Tube with a taste for the rats and mice that lived there.
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1998 Oct 12
An American law protecting sea turtles was overturned by an appeals panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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1998 Oct 16
It was reported that fires in Russia were burning in the Sikhote-Alin wildlife reserve and threatened Siberian tigers of which only an estimated 450 remained.
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1998 Nov 11
China and the UN planned to sign an agreement to turn the Lop Nur nuclear test site into a sanctuary for Bactrian camels. The barren area is about the size of Germany.
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1998 Dec 9
It was reported that scientists in Japan had cloned several calves from an adult cow. It was the 3rd mammal duplicated after mice and sheep.
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1998 Dec 10
Scientists reported that all 97 million genetic "letters" of the worm "Caenorhabditis elegans" had been precisely mapped. It was the first complete genetic blueprint of an animal.
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1998
In Austria the Vienna based Four Paws animal rights group opened a bear sanctuary for dancing bears and unwanted pet bears.
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1999 Feb 10
A UN panel eased a trade ban on ivory. It allowed Namibia and Zimbabwe to sell nearly 34 tons to Japan.
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1999 May 26
In Belgium the public was informed that animal feed contaminated with dioxin was fed to chickens and pigs.
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1999 Jun 16
Austria reported that it found animal feed contaminated with Dioxin.
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1999 Jun 17
It was reported that a synthesis of 151 years of chimpanzee observations indicated cultural variations among various groups of Pan troglodytes.
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1999 Aug 5
Researchers reported the discovery of a gene that causes narcolepsy in dogs.
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1999 Aug 12
In Belgium a McDonald's Restaurant was destroyed by fire. The Animal Liberation Front was suspected.
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1999 Aug 20
The Peregrine falcon was removed from the list of endangered species.
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1999 Aug 25
It was reported that Mickey Rooney had joined animal rights activists to support legislation to outlaw "crush" videos, which depict small animals being killed by scantily clad women.
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1999 Sep 10
It was reported that Canada has 339 species in serious danger of disappearing and no federal legislation for protection of endangered animals.
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