Time to Rethink Elephant Culling

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On Monday when they make presentations to the Department of Environment & Tourism (DEAT) headed by Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, a number of local and international animal welfare groups and scientists will present their views on why culling as a management tool to curtail the KNP’s elephant population is not an option.

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) and others will be weighing in against South African National Parks (SANParks), the custodians of KNP, which is calling for culling as a

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South African National Parks (SANParks) blame elephants for impacting on biodiversity within the Kruger National Park, yet so far they have not produced sufficient scientific evidence to back up this assumption.

EP stands up for animals “trapped by bad science”

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Thu, 11/17/2005
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Today’s decision follows the October vote in the Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, which had turned down the Directive proposed by the Commission considering it “very unsatisfactory” and describing it “difficult to improve by means of amendments.”

The main reason for the rejection of the proposal related to the lack of a scientific base for the suggested standards.

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Call for Ban on Captive Breeding as Investigation Reveals Wildlife Industry’s “Dirty Underbelly”

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Tue, 11/15/2005
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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) today released the findings and documentary film evidence of its investigation into the captive breeding of large predators in South Africa.

“Our evidence proves that captive breeding of large predators is an industry responsible for encouraging, supporting and enabling the abuse of wildlife,” said Helen Dagut, Campaigns Manager for IFAW Southern Africa.

“If captive breeding, other than for bona fide conservation purposes, was banned, we would rapidly

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It is estimated that about 3,000 lions are currently being held in captive breeding facilities in South Africa. IFAW recently completed an investigation into the industry which proves that captive breeding is an industry responsible for encouraging, supporting and enabling the abuse of wild life - providing prey for "canned" hunts and for the local and international wildlife trades.

Japanese Whaling Fleet Bound for International Whale Sanctuary

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Tue, 11/08/2005
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IFAW and other marine conservationists worldwide criticized today’s move, which marks a sharp escalation in Japan’s whaling activities. Japan’s new, self-allocated whaling quota will double the number of whales it kills each year in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary, established by the IWC in 1994.
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Japan will kill up to 935 minke whales and ten fin whales during the next six months as part of its whaling program. <BR>

Conservationists say No to Wildlife Gift as Thai Prime Minister Visits Kenya

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Tue, 11/08/2005
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Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is currently on a three-day official visit to Kenya and it is expected that his Government will follow-up on the proposal made late last year when the Kenyan President visited Thailand.

“In January this year, the then Minister of Tourism & Wildlife Raphael Tuju stated that this matter will be considered in the best interest of the country.&nbsp; The Kenya Government has kept this issue under wraps for a year now.

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Kenya has less than 500 black rhinos, having been wiped out by poaching in the 1970s and 80s.

IFAW Launches Project to Address Stray Dog Problem in Dominica

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Thu, 11/10/2005
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A morning ceremony in the Roseau Botanical Gardens celebrated the project. Local veterinarians, police officers and volunteers who passed a training course were awarded certificates. Several key government officials were in attendance including: Dominica's Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit; Councillor Dorothy Bellot of the RCC; Police Inspector David Andrews; and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment, Hon. Dr. John Colin McIntyre. Officials joined with Mr.
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Canned Hunting and Captive Breeding Report Regarded a &#8220;Good Start&#8221;

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Tue, 10/25/2005
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“While IFAW does not condone hunting we would welcome the adoption of measures that would help to stamp out the rampant abuses we know to take place in this industry,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Southern Africa Director of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org).

“The report is a good start in paving the way to a better regulated, if still totally abhorrent industry and which no-one - except those most likely to profit – would disagree is in dire need of an overhaul.

“The R

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Whaling season ends with more than 600 whales harpooned

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Tue, 11/01/2005
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Whalers had been hunting since April, the earliest start to the whaling season since Norway resumed commercial whaling in 1993, but they did not manage to harpoon the full catch allowance of 796 set by the Norwegian Government. This was despite two extensions to the deadline, originally set for the end of August.

Bad weather was blamed for low catches over the summer, but many boats continued to hunt. Whaling is now cheaper as boats are no longer required to have a human inspector on board to check boats comply with Norway’s whaling regulations.

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Norwegian whalers killed 639 minke whales in the 2005 whaling season.

Welfare groups gear up for major legal challenge against Government

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Fri, 10/07/2005
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The legal appeal, by IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare), RSPCA Australia and Humane Society International (HSI), will begin on Tuesday (11 October). It is expected to last less than two working weeks.

They are challenging a decision, made by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, to allow the import of eight Asian elephants to Taronga and Melbourne zoos.

It will begin at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 55 Market Street, Sydney, at 10am.

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Leading Animal Welfare Group Applauds &#8220;Common-Sense&#8221; Government Crocodile Decision

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Thu, 10/06/2005
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The Federal Government has upheld its long-held policy banning trophy hunting of Australian native animals for export.

Senator Campbell has today ruled (6 October) against a proposal by the Northern Territory Government to allow up to 25 crocodiles to be killed by commercial trophy hunters. Plans included the export of crocodile parts, such as heads and skins.

IFAW Asia Pacific Campaigner Rebecca Brand said: “Upholding the ban on the trophy hunting of crocodiles in the Northern Territory is a common-sense and very welcome decision.

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