Whales killed for fish freezer, no market for meat – “It’s a cruel waste,” says IFAW

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Tue, 10/24/2006
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The whale is expected to be brought ashore early Tuesday afternoon, and will be the second fin whale hunted commercially by whalers since the Minister of Fisheries, Einar K. Gudfinnsson, issued hunting permits last week for nine endangered fin whales and 30 minke whales. The first fin whale was brought ashore on Sunday to international outcry.
 
The sole whale processing plant in Iceland, a facility built during World War II and not used in twenty years, is currently out of operation.

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Iceland to hunt whales despite global moratorium and international outcry

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Tue, 10/17/2006
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The announcement was made by Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries, which said permits had been granted for the commercial hunting of 30 minke whales and nine endangered fin whales.

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German parliament votes unanimously to ban seal product imports

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Fri, 10/20/2006
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Over the past five years, more than 1.25 million seals have been hunted in Canada’s annual commercial hunt – making it the largest marine mammal hunt in the world.

Recently, in opposition to the hunt, the European community has taken strong steps to stop the trade of seal products. Germany’s trade ban vote comes just one month after the EU Parliament passed a resolution in support of an EU trade ban on seal products.
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Berlin, Germany
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Enivornmental concerns could halt Shell oil project

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Tue, 09/19/2006
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Sakhalin-2 is a jointly owned project of Royal Dutch Shell (55%), Japan’s Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (25%) and the Mitsubishi Corporation (20%). Sakahlin-2 currently produces over 70,000 barrels a day of oil, and with planned expansions is expected to more than double this.
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Moscow, Russia
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Tail of a critically endangered Western North Pacific gray whale diving off the coast of Sakhalin Island. The Moliqpak oil platform is visible in the background.

Sakhalin pipeline environmental damage estimated at US$70-million

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Fri, 09/29/2006
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NGOs have now carried out a preliminary examination of the site. They found the pipeline work has caused environmental damage estimated at 2-billion Rubles (US$70-million).
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Sakhalin, Russia
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Victory for elephants as CITES says No to ivory stockpile sale

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Thu, 10/05/2006
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Botswana, Namibia and South Africa were granted permission by CITES in 2002 to sell 60 tonnes of ivory stockpiles, despite widespread opposition by many governments and NGOs. The sale is dependent on certain conditions being met, including the effective monitoring of poaching, sufficient trade enforcement and the revenue being used for conservation and community development. International trade in ivory is currently banned under CITES.
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IFAW applauds European Parliament resolution to ban seal product trade

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Wed, 09/06/2006
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IFAW and other groups successfully lobbied more than half of all MEPs to sign a Written Declaration calling for an end to the trade in seal products. A total of 368 MEPs signed the Written Declaration 38, which will now be forwarded to the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, demanding that a ban is implemented.
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The Declaration was submitted by five MEPs (Carl Schlyter, Paulo Casaca, Karl-Heinz Florenz, Mojca Drcar Murko and Caroline Lucas) who represent the four important political groups in the Parliament.
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Strasbourg, France
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Live whales tell better tale Researchers learn about the lives of whales, from photographs of whales&#8217; tails

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Mon, 08/14/2006
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The team of scientists and volunteers from Iceland, UK and as far afield as Trinidad, has been using modern, non-invasive research techniques to gather important data on the many species of whales found in Icelandic waters. Sightings have included rare blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, minke whales and white beaked dolphins as well as killer whales and basking sharks.
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No Need for Delay, as IFAW Offers to Fund Return of Taiping 4 Gorillas

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Tue, 09/05/2006
After originally being exported illegally in 2001 from Africa to a zoo in Taiping, Malaysia, the four gorillas – now about seven years old - have spent the last two years at the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria, South Africa.
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The decision to return the gorillas to Cameroon became public this week.
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IFAW today announced their offer to pay for the costs of the transfer of the gorillas to the Limbe Wildlife Centre sanctuary upon their return to Cameroon.
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“The Government of Malaysia has made the correct decision, based on
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Cape Air and IFAW Launch Whale of a Plane

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Wed, 07/26/2006
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“This is our fifth painted plane,” said Cape Air President Dan Wolf. “We love taking art off the walls and into the skies and having IFAW as a partner this time around along with Jürek’s artistry in his depiction of the humpback whales, makes it a total winner.”

Cape Air and IFAW commissioned famed airbrush artist Jürek to paint the plane to bring whale protection to the public eye.
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