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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Bittersweet ruling for polar bears leaves trophy import ban intact

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Thu, 06/30/2011
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“While we are disappointed that polar bears have not yet been afforded the highest possible level of protection under the Endangered Species Act, we are thankful that the Court ruled against those special interests that aimed to remove the polar bear from protection under the U.S. law entirely.

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Bronze medal for IFAW anti-whaling ads in Cannes

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JWT designed posters for IFAW  to highlight the sham of 'scientific' whaling

Last night at the prestigious Cannes Golden Lion Awards for excellence in advertising, JWT Melbourne picked up the bronze medal for IFAW posters designed to highlight the sham of Japanese ‘scientific’ whaling.

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Manas no longer ‘in danger’ of losing World Heritage status

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Tue, 06/21/2011
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Manas – a biodiversity hotspot that serves as a National Park, a Tiger Reserve and an Elephant Reserve, was listed as a World Heritage site in 1985. In 1992, amidst the civil unrest of the 1980s and 90s, Manas was declared ‘in danger’ of losing the World Heritage status.

The decision to remove the ‘in danger’ tag was announced during the on-going 35th Session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Paris.

Manas was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to severe damages to the ecosystem during the civil unrest.

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IFAW Applauds Congressional Leaders As They Urge Strong Environmental Provisions in Free Trade Agreements

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Wed, 06/08/2011
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“IFAW applauds the actions of these environmental leaders as they try to advance the tabled provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership concerning illegal wildlife trade, fisheries subsidies, marine conservation, and shark preservation.  The protection of wildlife and their habitats must be considered both domestically and internationally in trade agreements, and this is a strong step towards ensuring they are.”

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