NGOs barred from discussion on future of ivory trade

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Wed, 08/17/2011
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Acting of behalf of unnamed Asian countries, Kuwait requested that all members of civil society be removed from the room to allow for a closed-door discussion.

The agenda had called for a discussion on an ivory decision-making mechanism, on elephant management and conservation, and on poaching and illegal ivory trade. The mechanism is meant to become a means to facilitate the international sale of ivory.

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New Poll: Americans want cameras, not rifles, aimed at African lions

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Tue, 08/16/2011
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“Americans would much prefer to point and shoot a camera at a lion rather than a gun,” said Jeff Flocken, DC Office Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; www.ifaw.org), which commissioned the poll.  “More than 95 percent of Americans are opposed to hunting any species in danger of extinction—a problem the African lion is currently facing.”

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Chinese government cancels dog cull yielding to public pressure

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Fri, 08/05/2011

Officials issued a notice that they would ban dogs in three districts of Jiangmen and confiscate and kill all dogs in those areas beginning on August 26. The reason for the notice was to prevent rabies for human safety and to establish a civilized city.

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Kenya burns, but Europe still covets Ivory

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Tue, 07/19/2011
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A recent International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) survey of websites in the UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Germany, found a thriving in trade in ivory items – the legality of most of which is questionable.

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A day after voting for transparency, international forum for whales meets in secret

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Mon, 07/18/2011
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A UK proposal on greater transparency and effectiveness at the IWC was adopted by consensus yesterday. Today, a proposal for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary by Brazil and Argentina led to a mid-morning walkout by Japan, Iceland, Norway and other pro-whaling countries.

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Significant victory for whale conservation as UK achieves consensus on reforming International Whaling Commission

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Wed, 07/13/2011
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IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare www.ifaw.org), which backed the paper as a vital measure to secure the IWC’s future credibility and effectiveness, believes the final resolution is a step in the right direction for the forum, despite some of its initial proposals being dropped to achieve vital backing from all member countries.

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Chance to make positive change for whales as international meeting begins in Jersey

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Mon, 07/11/2011
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IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare www.ifaw.org) is urging delegates from the IWC’s 89 member countries to adopt a policy of greater openness and accountability to ensure the organisation runs effectively and to safeguard its credibility. In recent years the IWC has been stung by widely reported accusations of corruption

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Calls for tighter controls to protect whales ahead of international meeting in Jersey

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Fri, 07/08/2011
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Following widely reported accusations of corruption surrounding the meetings in recent years, IFAW is calling for greater openness and accountability at IWC to ensure it runs effectively and that the credibility of the forum is safeguarded.

The UK Government has also put forward proposals for this year’s meeting (July 11-14) aimed at improving the transparency and effectiveness of the IWC.

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No Place for Imperiled Wild Animals on Dinner Menus

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Thu, 07/07/2011
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“It’s deeply troublesome to see restaurants across the country promoting the sale and consumption of exotic meats, including lions.  

In March, IFAW and a coalition of wildlife groups petitioned the US government to list the African lion as endangered because of the population’s alarming decline.  Over the past two decades, the number of African lions in the wild has dropped by nearly 50 percent and today, fewer than 40,000 lions remain.  

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Namibia’s beachside bloodbath begins

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Thu, 06/30/2011
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The hunt, which runs from 01 July to 15 November, is the world’s second largest, next to Canada – which this year only managed to kill 38,000 seals of a total allowable catch (TAC) of 400,000 in 2011.

Namibia, in southern African, targets Cape fur seal colonies on beaches on its Atlantic Ocean coastline.

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