The number of hunting licenses dwarfs the animal's tiny population in the wild.
The ruling punishes the firm for repeatedly killing Antarctic minke whales in an Australian Southern Ocean sanctuary.
During Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Britain, the second in line to the throne records a message for a popular Chinese television show.
The announcement was welcomed by conservationists, who, citing its detrimental impact on wildlife, have long been pushing for an all-out ban.
More than two tons of ivory were crushed, in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks.
The Minnesota man paid $50,000 for the hunt.
A genetically engineered yeast could be used to churn out morphine, codeine and other opiates using a simple home-brew beer kit.
As the country faces a seventh straight yearly increase in rhino poaching, a panel of experts is studying an unusual proposal to battle the problem.
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