Japan’s “scientific” whaling trashed by international scientists at global whale meeting

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Lu, 05/28/2007
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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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Fate of world's whales to be decided at international meeting

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Ve, 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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Me, 05/23/2007
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“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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European Parliament calls on Member States to vote for ivory trade moratorium

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Ve, 05/25/2007
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A majority of citizens in several European countries support a 20-year total ban on international ivory trade. A series of polls just completed in key EU Member States, together representing some 320 million European citizens, show overwhelming levels of support for the moratorium, ranging from 72% to 87% of the population.
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Watershed decision for the conservation of marine organisms

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Me, 05/16/2007
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Shark fishing is mainly carried out with drift gill nets measuring close to two kilometers long, as well as long lines of up to 70 kilometers in length with thousands of hooks. The drift gill nets have been called walls of death because they catch all marine organisms.

These nets are the main threat to cetaceans. Most of the captures around the world occur in gill and drift nets, in the case of whales, dolphins and porpoises (84% of captures), for seals and sea lions (98% of catches)[1].

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Bidding for Extinction: Rampant ivory trade on eBay threatens elephant survival

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Ma, 05/15/2007
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The snapshot survey conducted in the UK, Australia, China, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Canada and the USA* tracked over 2,200 elephant ivory items listed on eBay Web sites and found that more than 90% of the listings breached even eBay’s own respective national wildlife policies.
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<STRONG>IFAW's 2007 eBay survey &quot;Bidding for Extinction&quot;.<BR></STRONG><BR>The results reveal an arlaming level of illegal trade on worldwide eBay auction platforms, specifically in ivory items.

Elephant-back Safaris &#8220;Simply Accidents Waiting to Happen&#8221; Warns Top Tourism Insurer

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Je, 05/10/2007
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As thousands of travel industry heavyweights from across the globe gather at the annual tourism Indaba in Durban this weekend, a new report released by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) shows a marked upswing in the number of elephant back safari operations – and highlights the concerns of the major insurer of “high risk activities”.
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In the report An Overview of the Commercial Use of Elephants in Captivity in South Africa the chairman and founder of the “high ri
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IFAW opens new center in Moscow to help stray animals

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Lu, 04/30/2007
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The stray dog population of Moscow is estimated between 30,000 to 40,000 animals. Many of the strays suffer from human cruelty, hunger, and disease. Aggressive animals have attacked city citizens in the past and the stray dog population is a serious concern of Muscovites.
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IFAW’s new center – called the IFAW CLAW (Community Linked Animal Welfare) Center – was established to help humanely control and reduce the stray animal population of Moscow.
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Australian Government can stop Japan whaling

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Lu, 05/07/2007
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As the 2007 International Whaling Commission meetings commence in Alaska, the advice by the Sydney Legal Panel clearly outlines legal channels the Australian Government can take to stop the Government of Japan from whaling, under any guise, in the Southern Ocean.
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In defense of whales: Uruguay consolidates regional bloc of conservationist countries

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Ve, 04/27/2007
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The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and the Environment, the Rocha Administration as well as non-government organizations: IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org), the Cethus Foundation, the Institute for Whale Conservation and the Cetacean Conservation Organization (OCC).

The participants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cost

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