CITES Standing Committee releases stockpiles to Japan and makes mockery of system

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The sale of the 60 tonne stockpiles approved in 2002 at the 12th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP) was contingent upon certain conditions being met, including the availability of baseline and comparative data from the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants system (MIKE).
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Illegal trade in tigers undermines China’s implementation of CITES

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Grace Gabriel, IFAW’s Asia Regional Director and key player in the tiger farming debate, said of the report’s findings, “Tigers play a vital role in our ecosystem and are key to Asia’s wildlife heritage.
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Japanese oversight flaws fatal to elephants

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Wed, 05/30/2007
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At the 54th meeting of the SC in October 2006, delegates and conservation organizations were caught off-guard by a last-minute decision recommending Japan as a trading partner for the stockpiles. This decision was made without the knowledge of a recent 2.8 tonne seizure of contraband ivory in Osaka in August 2006, which the Japanese did not disclose until after the meeting of the SC. 

Final approval of Japan as a destination for the stockpiles will be contingent upon the Secretariat’s own verification report to be presented at SC55, which convenes Saturda

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International commercial trade of elephants, whales, tigers and sharks to be voted on at CITES Meeting

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Tue, 05/29/2007
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Proposals that would allow for the international commercial trade of elephant ivory are heating up to be the most contentious of the dozens of proposals to be voted on.
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Wildlife poachers claim lives of seven rangers in one week

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Fri, 05/25/2007
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News of these fatal attacks on those charged with protecting endangered wildlife is prescient given the upcoming 14th meeting of parties to the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES). Overstretched and under-resourced in efforts to protect their elephant populations, Kenya and Mali have submitted a proposal for a 20-year moratorium on all international trade in elephant ivory.
 
Thus far, 11 African nations are backing the 20-year moratorium, including Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as additional countries.
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Groundbreaking new resource to help vets and remote communities

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Wed, 05/23/2007
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This online manual, the first of its kind in Australia, was a collaborative effort between AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities) and IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).
 
Senator Nigel Scullion, Minister for Community Services will launch the manual at the 6th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference today in Cairns.
 
Darwin-based vet Dr Samantha Phelan, who wrote and researched the manual, said that effective dog health programs have the capacity to make a significant differe
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Kenyan rangers forge deadly battle with wildlife poaching gang

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Tue, 05/22/2007
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"Our rangers paid the ultimate prize - human life. But their deaths will not be in vain. We remain vigilant and dedicated to our call - to stamp out poaching and preserve Kenya's wildlife heritage," said Dickson Lesimirdana, Head of Anti- Poaching Operations at KWS.
 
Tsavo, Africa’s second largest park and thought to have been the poachers’ destination, is recognized worldwide for its important elephant populations.
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IFAW Unveils African Ambassador For The Ivory Trade Ban Campaign

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Fri, 05/18/2007
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Kenya and Mali have proposed a 20-year moratorium on ivory trade arguing that one-off ivory sales in select countries opens up markets, both legal and illegal, and lures poachers. “It would be suicidal to allow a new one-off sale or annual quota of ivory, as proposed by Southern African countries, while levels of illegal trade and poaching remain such serious threats to elephants across Africa and Asia as they are now,” said Dzoro.
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Animal Welfare and Conservation Groups Urge Senate to Protect Polar Bears from Trophy Hunting

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Thu, 05/17/2007
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The legislation, S. 1406, to close the loophole in the law was introduced by U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). Earlier this week, U.S. Reps. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) introduced H.R. 2327, an identical bill in the House of Representatives.

“The polar bear has become a tragic symbol of our threatened environment, and of the wildlife that pays the price for dangerous practices,” Sen. Kerry said.

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Whale watch workshop provides training, opportunity in the Eastern Caribbean

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Mon, 05/14/2007
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“The main focus of the course is to provide participants with the skills necessary to safely and effectively conduct successful whale and dolphin watching excursions,” said Dr. Joth Singh, Trinidad-born Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection at IFAW.
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