In just a few days’ time, governments from around the world will meet at the International Whaling Commission (IWC). It’s the first meeting of the IWC since Japan’s whaling fleet returned to the Southern Ocean, killing 333 whales in a whale sanctuary. This meeting will also see proposals for a new sanctuary to be created in the South Atlantic Ocean.
We urgently need your help if we are to turn this old whalers’ club into a modern whale conservation body that protects whales.Send a message to your government urging them to speak out against Japan’s continued ‘scientific’ whaling and to use all the diplomatic options at their disposal to ensure this meeting supports a new South Atlantic whale sanctuary.
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CITES is meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week to discuss many wildlife issues, including elephant protections.
Watch the brief video below to learn more about CITES, and then take action to protect elephants.
At this meeting, we have a chance to ease the suffering of elephants captured from the wild, transported and sold into lives of captivity. Yes, despite safeguards and regulations, it is still possible for countries to capture wild elephants and offer them for sale on the international market - with terrible impacts on individual elephants and the families from which they are taken.
The proposal we're supporting would allow for elephants to be moved when they're injured or in danger, and it would make sure that elephant transport is humane and that their destination is secure and ecologically appropriate compared to the elephants' home range.
Please ask your national CITES Management Authority to support the proposal and ease the suffering of live elephants in trade.
IFAW campaigning for the Universal Declaration for Animal Welfare
It is shocking to consider that even now there is no global, intergovernmental recognition of the importance of animal welfare legislation. IFAW believes this must change, which is why we support the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW). The adoption of this formal declaration at the UN General Assembly would establish animal welfare on the global political agenda.
The declaration process was originally launched by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in 2000. IFAW is part of the UDAW steering committee and is collaborating with other animal organisations in support of the Declaration.
The Declaration is an important way for governments to express their commitment to protecting animal welfare and is a vital springboard to changes in international and national policies and animal legislation. It would help strengthen enforcement of animal welfare measures and promote humane treatment of animals in every corner of the world.