Canada’s 2007 commercial seal hunt crawls to a halt – harp seal population undergoes another year of unnecessary hunting

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Sat, 06/23/2007
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Statistics from Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) show that to date, 215,388 harp seals have been taken from the 270,000 harp seal quota for 2007. Final catch numbers will not be available until after the hunt closes and all pelts are counted.
 
“Based on our observation flights in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in March and April of this year, I’m not surprised that the sealers failed to fulfill their quota,” said Cheryl Jacobson, leader of IFAW’s Hunt Watch team.
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Governments confront Internet trade at CITES; Sharks lose grip

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Fri, 06/08/2007
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An investigation conducted by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare; www.ifaw.org) in February revealed how the rampant trade in elephant ivory being carried out across eBay’s global network of auction sites is enabling consumers to literally bid for the extinction of the world’s largest land mammal.  CEEWEB (www.ceeweb.org), a network of environmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and IFAW partner, released the results of another investigation this week re
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Nations asked to put differences aside at international whaling meeting

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Tue, 05/29/2007
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European Parliament calls on Member States to vote for ivory trade moratorium

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Fri, 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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Wed, 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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Elephant-back Safaris “Simply Accidents Waiting to Happen” Warns Top Tourism Insurer

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Thu, 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”.
 
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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Australian Government can stop Japan whaling

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Mon, 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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Icelandic whalers harpoon first minke whale of season

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Fri, 04/27/2007
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Poor weather conditions are believed to have hampered whalers’ efforts to find other whales so far. If 39 whales are harpooned this season, it will bring to 200 the number of minke whales killed since 2003 under Iceland’s scientific whaling programme.

Iceland and Japan both use a loophole in the worldwide ban on whaling to hunt whales for “scientific” research.

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In defense of whales: Uruguay consolidates regional bloc of conservationist countries

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Fri, 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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Austrian Parliament votes for National Ban for Seal Products

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Wed, 04/25/2007
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Before the vote IFAW-Staff emphasized their demand for a ban with a giant inflatable seal in front of the Parliament in Vienna. Politicians of the Green Party and the Socialdemocratic Party were present to show their support.

Following Croatia, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, Austria is the sixth European country to introduce a national ban on seal products. Austrian minister for the environment, Josef Pröll (ÖVP), stated that he will also work for a ban on EU-level. National bans also exist in the USA and Mexico.

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