Japan's biggest ivory smuggler walks free as government schemes to market contraband

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Lun, 08/13/2007
Japan's press reported yesterday that an unidentified "company president" who attempted to smuggle three tons of contraband ivory - the country's largest-ever illegal ivory shipment - into Osaka in August 2006 was "sentenced to a one-year suspended prison term" and fined 800,000 yen (6,723 USD) as penalty.  Japanese Customs valued the consignment at one billion yen (8.4 million USD).  The penalty imposed amounts to less than 0.1 per cent of the contraband's value.  The sentence was passed in July, but not reported until yesterday.
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Tahoe wildlife rescued from devastating fires

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Mié, 07/11/2007
In addition to bear cubs, affected species include bobcats, coyotes, porcupines, and squirrels. People encountering injured and dehydrated wildlife are asked to be careful. “Leave injured wildlife alone and call people who are trained,” said Cheryl Milham, Executive Director of  Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. "If there's something wrong, stay at a distance, you need to know what to do with wildlife.”
 
The United States Forest Service (USFS) has planned a program of forest thinning to help protect communities and the fragile Tahoe environment.
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Elephants get 9 year break!

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Jue, 06/14/2007
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The agreement allows Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to sell additional ivory under strictly monitored CITES processes,  but only those government stockpiles officially registered prior to January 31, 2007.
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The World Says no to Tiger Trade

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Mié, 06/13/2007
Grace Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) expressed her delight, “We are extremely pleased that range states spoke up on behalf of their tiger populations in the wild.  Allowing the farming of tigers for trade would have been just another nail in the coffin for this flagship species.” 
 
So-called tiger “parks” in China have been commercially breeding tigers in captivity in the hope that the domestic ban on the sale
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US citizens stand behind global ban on elephant ivory trade

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Jue, 05/31/2007
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“The people have spoken, and they are clearly saying they do not want the gruesome slaughter of elephants to continue unnecessarily,” says Cindy Milburn, IFAW’s US Regional Acting Director. “An estimated 20,000 elephants are killed annually, and the people are speaking out on their behalf through this poll.”

The UN - backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meets in The Hague on June 3-15.
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Nations stand strong against commercial whaling at international meeting

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Key anti-whaling actions included the adoption of a resolution condemning Japanese whaling, and a report by the IWC Scientific Committee that hotly criticized Japan’s so-called “scientific” whaling program.
 
IFAW Global Whale Program Manager Patrick Ramage, said from the meeting: “We are encouraged by the strengthened conservation majority at this year’s IWC meeting.
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Japan’s “scientific” whaling trashed by international scientists at global whale meeting

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Lun, 05/28/2007
In its report to the plenary meeting of IWC delegates, the Scientific Committee noted that, there was “little incentive” for Japan to produce data collected from its JARPN whaling program.
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Nations meet to decide fate of world’s whales

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Despite a 1986 global moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan currently hunts more than 1,200 whales a year for what it calls “scientific” whaling, in abuse of an IWC loophole that allows for the lethal research of whales. Whales hunted by Japan as part of its whaling program are processed and sold commercially within Japan. This year the nation has added 50 humpback whales to its self-allocated quota.
 
“The IWC is at a crucial crossroads,” said Patrick Ramage, head of IFAW’s Global Whale Campaign.
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Fate of world's whales to be decided at international meeting

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Vie, 05/25/2007
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The meeting is expected to be contentious, with pro-whaling Japan pushing for a lifting of the ban, and conservation groups, including IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), in attendance to call for global whale protection.
 
Despite the global moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan currently hunts more than 1,200 whales a year for what it calls “scientific” whaling, in abuse of an IWC loophole that allows for the lethal research of whales.
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IFAW highlights its efforts towards saving sea turtles during World Turtle Day

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Mié, 05/23/2007
“World Turtle Day gives us the opportunity to reinforce and highlight our commitment towards these amazing animals,” said Anand Ramanathan of IFAW. “Sea turtles can take many years to reach an age when they can mate, this very slow maturation process makes rescuing every single one we can all the more important.”
 
Eroding beaches around the world pose serious threats to sea turtles that return to breed in their sands. Both adults and hatchlings suffer from loss of habitat, poaching, nest predation and disorientation by artificial light.
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