Calls for tighter controls to protect whales ahead of international meeting in Jersey

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Ve, 07/08/2011

Following widely reported accusations of corruption surrounding the meetings in recent years, IFAW is calling for greater openness and accountability at IWC to ensure it runs effectively and that the credibility of the forum is safeguarded.

The UK Government has also put forward proposals for this year’s meeting (July 11-14) aimed at improving the transparency and effectiveness of the IWC.

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Unique whale research vessel to sail London to Jersey taking anti-whaling message to international meeting

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Me, 07/06/2011
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IFAW’s state-of-the-art Song of the Whale, which uses non-harmful methods to study whales, is currently in St Katharine Docks in London before IFAW’s team of whale experts sail to the 63rd annual IWC meeting to urge delegates to protect the ban on commercial whaling and remind them that it is not necessary to kill whales to study them.

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Namibia&#8217;s beachside bloodbath begins

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Je, 06/30/2011

The hunt, which runs from 01 July to 15 November, is the world’s second largest, next to Canada – which this year only managed to kill 38,000 seals of a total allowable catch (TAC) of 400,000 in 2011.

Namibia, in southern African, targets Cape fur seal colonies on beaches on its Atlantic Ocean coastline.

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Bronze medal for IFAW anti-whaling ads in Cannes

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Je, 06/23/2011

Despite a global ban on whaling, Japan has continued to hunt whales using a loophole which allows ‘scientific’ whaling. There is no valuable science which arises from ‘scientific’ whaling—just valuable whale meat which is for sale in Tokyo restaurants and supermarkets.

IFAW tasked JWT with raising awareness of the ongoing commercial slaughter of whales in the ‘in the name of science’.

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Manas no longer &#8216;in danger&#8217; of losing World Heritage status

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Ma, 06/21/2011

Manas – a biodiversity hotspot that serves as a National Park, a Tiger Reserve and an Elephant Reserve, was listed as a World Heritage site in 1985. In 1992, amidst the civil unrest of the 1980s and 90s, Manas was declared ‘in danger’ of losing the World Heritage status.

The decision to remove the ‘in danger’ tag was announced during the on-going 35th Session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Paris.

Manas was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to severe damages to the ecosystem during the civil unrest.

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IFAW: Cruel video from Canada&#8217;s 2011 seal hunt proves size doesn&#8217;t matter

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Me, 06/08/2011

Fewer than 50 boats participated in the 2011 seal hunt, and only 38,000 seals have been reported killed with a landed value of under $750,000.  In spite of a smaller-scale hunt, the video evidence confirms that the Canadian government and the sealing industry continue to ignore concerns about inhumane killing raised by the European Union, and that the few existing regulations are impossible for authorities to enforce.

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MEPs show support for EU Seal Ban ahead of ratification of Canada - EU Trade Deal

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Me, 06/08/2011

“Takes note of the recent legal developments regarding the EU's ban on seal products, in particular Canada’s request to the WTO for the establishment of a formal dispute resolution panel; and expresses its strong hope that Canada will withdraw the WTO challenge, which is counter to positive trade relations, prior to the need for ratification of the CETA agreement by the European Parliament.”
 

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Elephant Tourism under Fire as Trampled Handler Loses Leg

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Lu, 06/06/2011

On Saturday a handler at the Knysna Elephant Park, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, was attacked by a bull elephant leaving him with injuries so grievous that one of his legs had to be surgically amputated. In June 2005 the same elephant named “Harry” and described as the park’s “star attraction” attacked and killed a handler at the park.

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Vervet monkey &#8220;witch&#8221; burned to death in South Africa

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Je, 06/02/2011
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The killing of the monkey made headlines on newspapers and news websites throughout South Africa yesterday, attracting a barrage of angry comments from readers as well as the attention of the international media.

Cora Bailey, of Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) and companion animal advisor for International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org), was called to rescue the monkey by a concerned local resident after local police officials did not respond to his call for help.

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Asia/Africa Range States Pledge Support for Elephants

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Ma, 05/24/2011

The signing of the “New Delhi E-8 Recommendation for Global Elephant Conservation” in India today is a welcome step by countries with hitherto very different approaches to elephant management to collaborate to ensure the adoption of pragmatic conservation strategies for the long-term protection of elephant populations in the wild.

The self-named “E-8” represents four African and four Asian countries with wild elephant populations – Botswana, Congo (Brazzaville), Indonesia, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.

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