UK authorizes guns for Madagascar despite threat of lemur extinctions
Red-ruffed lemur, a commonly hunted but critically endangered lemur species. Photo by Rhett A. Butler Britain has authorized the export of thousands of guns to Madagascar, according to TanaNews.com , sparking concerns that the firearms could be used for hunting endangered lemurs. Data from the UK government’s Strategic Export Controls website shows that licenses for the export of 3,174 guns to Madagascar were granted between August 2011 and June 2012. Most of the weapons were for anti-piracy activities, but 190 sporting guns — guns specifically intended for hunting — and 200 combat shotguns were not designated for anti-piracy activities. Lemurs are found naturally only on Madagascar. In 2012 the International Union for Conservation of Nature determined that over 90 percent of the more than 100 lemur species are threatened with extinction . "As a result, we now believe that...