Interpol Gives Ecomessage Award to Kenya for Fighting Wildlife Crime

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Mon, 07/18/2005
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Ecomessage, a new Interpol reporting system designed in collaboration with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), allows real-time access to wildlife crime information among law enforcement agencies worldwide.
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Ecomessage, a new Interpol reporting system designed in collaboration with IFAW allows real-time access to wildlife crime information among law enforcement agencies worldwide.

IFAW’s Penguin Network Releases First Birds

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Thu, 07/07/2005
The Magellanic penguins were released by one of the network’s organizations, Fundacion Mundo Marino, in Argentina. More releases are expected in upcoming weeks.

“Since May more than 60 penguins have been cared for, but historically, late July is the peak of the oiled penguin season, as it is related to their migration, and the expectation is that there will be many more oiled penguins in the weeks to come,” said Dr.

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26 penguins are released by Fundacion Mundo Marino on June 27th, in northeastern Argentina.

Illegal Ivory Trade Flourishes in China

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Tue, 06/28/2005
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“This report clearly shows the links between the legal and illegal ivory trades. Chinese policy makers and enforcement officials have tried to bring the trade under control, but according to IFAW’s study there simply is no way to stop the illegal sale of ivory in China as long as legal ivory sales continue,” said Peter Pueschel, program manager, IFAW.
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The 6.5 metric tonne ivory haul was seized in Singapore three years ago and is the single largest seizure of illegal ivory since the trade was banned by the U.N. Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) in 1989.

Whaling Commission Saved, Whales Still in Trouble

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Fri, 06/24/2005
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Japan formally presented plans to double its “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica and added endangered humpback and fin whales to its target list at this week’s session.  A clear majority of IWC member countries yesterday passed a strongly worded resolution calling on Japan to withdraw its new scientific whaling plan.   

“The conservation majority at the IWC is saved, but the whales are not.  Japan is killing hundreds of whales right now in the North Pacific and plans

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IWC Notes Growth of Whale Watching Industry Worldwide

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Thu, 06/23/2005
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“More and more countries are saying no to whaling and yes to whale watching, said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW delegate to the IWC meeting. “Whale watching is a win-win solution for whales and people, bringing terrific economic opportunities to coastal communities worldwide.
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Whale watchers off the coast of Provincetown, MA get a great view of a humpback.

IWC Rejects Japanese Scientific Whaling Proposal

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Wed, 06/22/2005
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Japan has killed more than 8,000 whales under the guise of science since the commercial whaling ban. Earlier this year it announced plans to double its “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica and add endangered humpback and fin whales to its target list.
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Humpback whales like this one may be safer as a result of the IWC's decision to reject Japan's scientific whaling proposal.

Japan’s Commercial Whaling Proposal Rejected by IWC

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Tue, 06/21/2005
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“The whales won this one,” said Dr.
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Kentucky bans exotic pets

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Wed, 06/15/2005
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Kentucky’s regulation prohibits pet ownership of dangerous animals such as elephants, lions, bears, tigers, rhinos, leopards and certain primates. People who currently own these animals will be allowed to keep them as pets but are prohibited from breeding them or obtaining new ones. The ban does not apply to circuses or zoos.
 
There are an estimated 10,000 tigers being kept as pets in the United States alone, more than twice the number left in the wild worldwide. There is no federal law that prohibits owning a tiger or lion as a pet.
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A tiger at the Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio, Texas. An estimated 10,000 tigers are currently being kept as pets in the U.S.

Leading conservationists sound alarm over whaling

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Thu, 06/09/2005
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According to widespread media reports and government sources, Japan will shortly announce plans to double its “scientific” whaling in protected waters around Antarctica and to add two new protected species, fin and humpback whales, to its target list. Japan’s proposal has sparked criticism from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and other concerned governments in recent weeks.
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Whale watchers view a diving humpback whale off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Iceland urged to abandon whaling

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Wed, 05/25/2005
The British, French and German governments also issued a message which strongly criticised the Marine Research Institute’s proposals for 39 minke whales to be taken this year.

IFAW condemned the recommendation as cruel, unnecessary and economically unsustainable and called on Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries to abandon the practice. It is also concerned by proposals to take a further 100 whales next year.

Iceland resumed whaling two years ago on the grounds of scientific research.

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Since August 2003, 62 minke whales have been killed in Iceland's coastal waters.