Press Content Pane http://www.ifaw.org/australia/theme/press/rss.xml/125/17 en Key conservation measure to increase protection for whales passed by vote at international whales forum http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/key-conservation-measure-increase-protection-whales-passed-vote-international-whales-forum <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="199" title="Key conservation measure to increase protection for whales passed by vote at international whales forum" alt="Key conservation measure to increase protection for whales passed by vote at int" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Southern%20_Right_Whale_300_2.jpg?1410873340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>An important resolution to provide increased protection to whales around the world was passed despite pro-whaling countries opposing it and a vote being forced on the second day of the 65<sup>th</sup> International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia.</p> <p>The International Fund for Animal Welfare (<a href="http://www.ifaw.org">IFAW</a>) has strongly backed the resolution from the start and welcomed the result as a positive step for whales. The resolution aims to provide greater coherent global action for the world&rsquo;s 80+ marine cetacean species.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/key-conservation-measure-increase-protection-whales-passed-vote-international-whales-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Whales Political advocacy Whales International Whaling Commission IWC whales Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:23:45 +0000 adintino 101411 at http://www.ifaw.org Department of environmental affairs trying to remove protection for elephants http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/department-environmental-affairs-trying-remove-protection-elephants <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="201" title="Department of environmental affairs trying to remove protection for elephants" alt="Department of environmental affairs trying to remove protection for elephants" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/elephants_300px.jpg?1410874866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>At a recent stakeholder meeting called by the Department of Environmental Affairs to discuss proposed amendments to the Elephant Norms and Standards it became apparent that the Department appears to be intending on removing all welfare based provisions relating to elephants.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/department-environmental-affairs-trying-remove-protection-elephants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Political advocacy Elephants African elephants elephants Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:45:28 +0000 adintino 101412 at http://www.ifaw.org World Elephant Day 2014 – Time for Celebration and Concern http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/world-elephant-day <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 08/12/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="140" height="105" title="Elephants in Amboseli" alt="Elephants in Amboseli" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Amboseli%20NP_140px_6.jpg?1407861606" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>It is early August 2014, and so far this year not a single week has passed without law enforcers seizing a consignment of ivory &ldquo;and those are the ones that are being reported,&rdquo; says the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).</p> <p>&ldquo;Every seizure of ivory represents the slaughter of elephants wherever they live, but mostly in Africa, in countries where poverty and political insecurity make it possible for poachers and trafficking cartels to operate unhindered,&rdquo; says Jason Bell, Director of the IFAW Elephant Programme.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/world-elephant-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Wildlife trade Political advocacy Elephants Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:42:31 +0000 smoos 101094 at http://www.ifaw.org On a collision course in the Great Barrier Reef? http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/collision-course-great-barrier-re-0 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 07/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="2480" height="1653" alt="" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/GBR%20Whale%20Zone.jpg?1404430248" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>As humpback whales arrive in the Great Barrier Reef to give birth to their young, a new report released today by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) shows that these whales are at increasing danger from collisions with coal ships and other vessels.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/collision-course-great-barrier-re-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Political advocacy Whales GBR great barrier reef ship strikes shipping whale zones whales Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:33:31 +0000 rthompson@ifaw.org 100734 at http://www.ifaw.org IFAW statement in response to Prime Minister Abe’s desire to return to commercial whaling http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/ifaw-statement-response-prime-minister-abe%E2%80%99s-desire-return-commercial-whaling <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 06/10/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="600" height="906" alt="" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Nmaru_5.1_2.jpg?1402383556" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p><strong>10<sup>th</sup> June 2014</strong> &ndash; Further to Prime Minister Abe&rsquo;s comments to a Japanese parliamentary hearing about his desire for Japan to return to commercial whaling, claiming that the world does not understand Japan&rsquo;s &ldquo;culture&rdquo; of whaling.&nbsp; IFAW&rsquo;s marine campaign manager made the following comment:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;If Prime Minister Abe genuinely seeks greater understanding from the international community, complying with the judgment of the World Court would be a good start.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/ifaw-statement-response-prime-minister-abe%E2%80%99s-desire-return-commercial-whaling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Whales Political advocacy Whales Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:02:57 +0000 rthompson@ifaw.org 100507 at http://www.ifaw.org WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/wto-rules-favour-european-union-seal-product-ban <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 05/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="201" title="WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban" alt="WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Seal%20Pelt_300_0.jpg?1400770754" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>IFAW &ndash; the International Fund for Animal Welfare &ndash; is delighted that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has largely upheld the European Union&rsquo;s ban on seal products. As in an earlier first instance ruling, the WTO found that moral considerations &mdash; including concerns about animal welfare &mdash; can justify trade restrictions. As a consequence only small adjustment will need to be made.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/australia/news/wto-rules-favour-european-union-seal-product-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Political advocacy Seals EU ban on seal products seal products ban seals WTO Thu, 22 May 2014 15:10:04 +0000 adintino 100350 at http://www.ifaw.org