EFSA report to European Commission finds Canada's commercial seal hunt inhumane

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woe, 12/19/2007
“The Canadian government’s claim that 98% of the seals are killed humanely in the commercial seal hunt is exposed in the report as being scientifically incorrect.  This report reveals the truth about Canada’s commercial seal hunt, and destroys one of the greatest myths constantly propagated by the Canadian government”, said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher with IFAW.
 
In its examination of Canada’s commercial seal hunt, the EFSA scientists found that:

  • there is strong evidence that, in practice, effective killing does not
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    Jubilation as the Taiping 4 arrive home in Cameroon

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    zat, 12/01/2007
    Earlier, Douala International Airport erupted with dancing gorilla impersonators, folk singers, and a cavalacade of government dignitaries including the Minister of Wildlife and Forestry and media who arrived to greet the returning primates as they were offloaded from their Kenya Airways flight nicknamed “Freedom” for the occasion.
     
    “The gorillas are back, and Cameroon is celebrating.
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    Man bitten by 450-lbs tiger near Los Angeles

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    woe, 12/05/2007

    Orr was attacked as he cleaned the enclosure of a 4-year-old tiger named Alexander. The attack occurred at Shambala Preserve, which is run by the actress Tippi Hendren. The sanctuary has 65 cats, including lions, tigers, leopards and servals.
     

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    Austrian Chancellor signals support for a national ban on seal products

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    woe, 11/28/2007
    This past April, the Austrian Parliament unanimously voted on a motion in favor of a trade ban. If the ban passes in early 2008, this decision could make Austria the fourth nation in the European Union to implement a ban on seal products, following Belgium, The Netherlands and Slovenia. As with other national bans, this initiative will eliminate the Austrian market from the commercial seal trade, putting further pressure on the Canadian government to end the commercial seal hunt.
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    Federal Government protracts trade ban for seal products

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    don, 10/18/2007
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    Federal Minister Seehofer declared in March 2007 publicly that he wanted to implement a national trade ban speedily as a legislative procedure on an EU-level could take years. In a letter to IFAW in September 2007 though, Mr. Seehofer declared that the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel now wants to wait for a European Commission’s expertise on the subject.

    The EU Environmental Commissioner Dimas had himself recommended national bans to the EU member states.

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    Cape Cod Stranding Network Merges with IFAW

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    din, 10/02/2007
    Under the proposed agreement, CCSN – including its employees, volunteers, and expertise – has  become part of IFAW. With a staff of five and a dedicated corps of more than 350 local volunteers, CCSN responds to 500-700 reports of stranded marine mammals each year.
     
    “This is a merger that benefits both organizations,” said A.J. Cady, IFAW’s Director of Animals in Crisis and Distress.
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    Penguins rescued from oil pollution in South America

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    woe, 07/25/2007
    The continuous stream of oil from accidental spills and the deliberate, illegal discharge of oil from ships have created a chronic oiling problem across South America and other parts in the world. Seabirds are especially vulnerable to oiling.
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    Japan's biggest ivory smuggler walks free as government schemes to market contraband

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    Japan's press reported yesterday that an unidentified "company president" who attempted to smuggle three tons of contraband ivory - the country's largest-ever illegal ivory shipment - into Osaka in August 2006 was "sentenced to a one-year suspended prison term" and fined 800,000 yen (6,723 USD) as penalty.  Japanese Customs valued the consignment at one billion yen (8.4 million USD).  The penalty imposed amounts to less than 0.1 per cent of the contraband's value.  The sentence was passed in July, but not reported until yesterday.
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    Tahoe wildlife rescued from devastating fires

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    woe, 07/11/2007
    In addition to bear cubs, affected species include bobcats, coyotes, porcupines, and squirrels. People encountering injured and dehydrated wildlife are asked to be careful. “Leave injured wildlife alone and call people who are trained,” said Cheryl Milham, Executive Director of  Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. "If there's something wrong, stay at a distance, you need to know what to do with wildlife.”
     
    The United States Forest Service (USFS) has planned a program of forest thinning to help protect communities and the fragile Tahoe environment.
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    Elephants get 9 year break!

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    The agreement allows Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to sell additional ivory under strictly monitored CITES processes,  but only those government stockpiles officially registered prior to January 31, 2007.
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