Japan journal: Where has all the whale meat gone?

Je, 12/01/2011
The tuna auction at the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.

I recently returned from my first visit to the chaotic and beautiful country of Japan.

Along with Iceland and Norway, Japan is one of the last three countries still killing whales for commercial purposes, albeit under the guise of ‘scientific’ whaling.

Chinese auction flouts tiger trade ban

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Ve, 12/02/2011
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Chinese auction flouts tiger trade ban

A Chinese auction of traditional health tonics scheduled for Saturday, December 3, in a Beijing hotel will feature at least 400 bottles of wine made from tiger bone in blatant disregard of a global trade ban, according to IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare -  www.ifaw.org ).

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Beijing
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Jeff He, (IFAW China)
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Animal Heroes Honoured With International Awards

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Je, 12/01/2011
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Animal Heroes Honoured With International Awards

This week seven International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) Action Awards are being presented to Australians from around the country who have made an outstanding contribution to animal welfare. 

This international accolade recognises the unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for animals in our shared world. The winners were nominated for the awards by their peers, family and friends, for a wide range of work for animals. 

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Sydney
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Imogen Scott (IFAW Oceania)
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+ 02 9288 4973
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Did President Obama just authorize the slaughter of horses in the US?

Ve, 12/02/2011

I loved and rode horses as child.  Chester, a spirited, chestnut horse, was my friend and partner on the trails surrounding Walden Pond in Massachusetts.  The two of us spent countless days together, enjoying our exercise and our friendship.  Horses in America are companion animals – friends like dogs, cats and other domestic pets.

Floating Classroom: Teachers get in on the act

Je, 12/01/2011
Kara training teachers on the Floating Classroom curriculum.

Teachers on the pier with a whale size reel.“I think we will have to take one this down to the pier!”, shouted the teacher from Grand Fond Primary school.

In her hands was one end of string, the end of 80 feet of string to be exact, and she was uncoiling it as her partner, another teacher participating in the Floating Classroom teacher training, held the other end. 

Pulled from Thai flood-waters, Pigtail and puppies are safe and dry

Me, 11/30/2011
Thai flood survivor, "Pigtail"

International Fund for Animal Welfare veterinarian Kati Loeffler reports from flood-stricken Bangkok after her visit to IFAW-supported Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand (WFFT) and other groups caring for thousands of dogs in need.

IFAW provides operational support to the personnel of Congolese national park Odzala-Kokoua in their fight against poaching

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Me, 11/30/2011
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IFAW provides operational support to the personnel of Congolese national park Od

The Odzala-Kokoua National Park in north-eastern Congo recently received nearly €100,000 (US$ 140,000) of equipment from IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) to support rangers in their mission to protect local wildlife.

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Reims, France
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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu (IFAW France and Francophone Africa)
Christina Pretorius (IFAW Southern Africa)
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Buddhist leaders make an encouraging commitment to wildlife conservation

Me, 11/30/2011
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje c. IFAW/WTI/Paarth NairRecently I attended a meeting of Buddhist leaders and practitioners from around the world in New Delhi to celebrate the 2,600 Anniversary of Buddha’s Enlightenment and to consider how best to apply Buddhist principles to address the environmental crisis facing the world.

Norwegen: Walfang keine Gefahr für Wale

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Ma, 11/29/2011

Die Konferenz der über 100 Mitgliedsstaaten des Zwischenstaatlichen Abkommens Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) in Bergen, Norwegen, konnte sich nicht darauf einigen, Walfang als eine Gefahr für Wale anzuerkennen. Insbesondere der Einspruch Norwegens hatte die Nennung des Walfangs verhindert.

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Bergen, Norwegen
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Andreas Dinkelmeyer (IFAW)
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Bedrohte Gibbons in Indien umgesiedelt

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Ma, 11/29/2011
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Bedrohte Gibbons in Indien umgesiedelt

Diese Woche starteten Tierärzte und Biologen des IFAW-WTI (Internationaler Tierschutz-Fonds-Wildlife Trust of India), einen Rettungseinsatz im Nordosten Indiens, um eine isolierte Gruppe bedrohter Hulock-Gibbons in ein sicheres Schutzgebiet zu bringen. Die in kleinen Baumgruppen gestrandeten Gibbons gehören zu den letzten ihrer Art in Indien. Die ersten beiden Tiere wurden erfolgreich umgesiedelt und gestern im Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary ausgewildert.

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Arunachal Pradesh, Indien
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Dörte von der Reith (IFAW)
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