Whaling Meeting Closes-Future Uncertain For Whales and Commission

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 “The Commission is trying to chart a course for the future while ignoring ongoing whaling by just three member countries,” said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale Program Director. “Whale conservation measures were put on ice at this meeting.  If Japan, Norway and Iceland are serious about compromise, they should prove it by suspending their ongoing whaling.”

This week’s meeting focused mainly on the future of the commission, with only brief flashes of conflict between pro-whaling and conservation-minded countries.

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Olympic travelers urged to Think Twice and avoid wildlife souvenirs

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Mon, 07/07/2008
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IFAW staff visiting markets in Beijing have discovered many souvenirs made from rare wild animals, including ivory carvings, musical instruments covered in reptile skin and traditional Chinese medicines containing endangered species.  These were found in tourist and curio markets and IFAW is concerned that unwitting tourists may be buying these items as a memento of their holiday, unaware that this trade is pushing endangered animals to the brink of extinction.
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African Elephant Coalition roots for conservation, not ivory trade

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Tue, 06/24/2008
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In  a communiqué read by Mali delegate, Alpha Maiga, the range states also opposed a recommendation by the CITES Secretariat designating China as an Ivory trade partner and resolved to make a formal communication before the CITES Standing Committee Meeting 57 scheduled set for July 2008 in Geneva.  Consideration for further trade and trading partners, they also resolved, should only be made after the one-off sale approved at CoP 14 has taken place and the effects of that sale are documented and understood.
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IWC Voting Stops, But Whaling Continues

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Tue, 06/24/2008
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“IWC countries are being pressured not to vote for conservation measures.   If Japan, Iceland and Norway are genuinely interested in compromise, they should immediately suspend their  whaling as a sign of good faith,” Ramage said.   

The IWC has been deadlocked in recent years as the last three nations engaged in whaling for commercial purposes – Japan, Iceland and Norway – have fought to block conservation measures in the forum.
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Conservation or Compromise? Whaling Commission Meets at Crossroads

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Mon, 06/23/2008
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Conservationists worldwide, including experts with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org), expressed concern that a compromise might be agreed that would overturn the moratorium and legitimize commercial whaling.  “The IWC agreed to end commercial whaling in 1986,”said Patrick Ramage, IFAW global whale program director.
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Mystery Meat: Japan Unable to Account for Fin Whales on Sale

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Mon, 06/23/2008
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The research team, led by Dr. Scott Baker of Oregon State University, analyzed DNA from 99 whale meat products purchased in Japanese markets since 2006 and identified six baleen whale species: humpback, fin, sei, Bryde’s, North Pacific minke and Antarctic minke.  In the case of the fin whales, the study used methods similar to human forensic genetics to identify products from a total of 15 individual for sale in 2006 and 207. However, the Government of Japan reported a total of only13 fin whales killed under its scientific whaling program over the same period.
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IFAW Opens Green Headquarters Reflecting Commitment to Animals and the Environment

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Thu, 06/19/2008
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Longstanding IFAW board member and “Hardball” news anchor Chris Matthews will host the opening reception and program exposition showcasing IFAW’s global animal protection projects on Friday, June 20, from 4 to 7 p.m.
 
“We’re here to celebrate the opening of this beautiful green building, which exemplifies IFAW’s commitment to animals and the environment,” said Chris Matthews.
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Going once, going twice: Remnants of 10,000+ elephants may be on the auction block

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Mon, 06/09/2008
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Significant amounts of ivory in these stocks up for export from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, has been collected through culling, which is defined as killing as a means to address population control, and also natural deaths.
 
Newly released document submissions to next month’s 57th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC) reveal that the Secretariat has given its endorsement of the sales as well as its support of China being accepted as an importer for these stocks.
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WTI-IFAW Project Ensures Zero Elephant Deaths on Rajaji Railway Track (India)

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Tue, 06/17/2008
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The railway line, which joins the holy city of Haridwar on the foothills of the Himalayas to the busy capital of the Uttarakhand state, Dehradun, had seen 20 elephant deaths, including those of tuskers and pregnant females, between 1987 and March 2002.

The report and the subsequent efforts by WTI-IFAW catalysed the Uttaranchal Forest Department and the Indian Railways to set up a coordination body that implemented the recommendations to ensure zero elephant deaths on this track since 2002.
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Taiping 4 Gorilla "Oyin" Dies

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Mon, 06/09/2008
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“We are extremely upset by the news that Oyin, one of the gorillas relocated to Cameroon from South Africa in December 2007, has passed away. She had apparently been sickly for about 10 days.
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