Whaling Commission Saved, Whales Still in Trouble

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Japan formally presented plans to double its “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica and added endangered humpback and fin whales to its target list at this week’s session.  A clear majority of IWC member countries yesterday passed a strongly worded resolution calling on Japan to withdraw its new scientific whaling plan.   

“The conservation majority at the IWC is saved, but the whales are not.  Japan is killing hundreds of whales right now in the North Pacific and plans

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IWC Notes Growth of Whale Watching Industry Worldwide

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“More and more countries are saying no to whaling and yes to whale watching, said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW delegate to the IWC meeting. “Whale watching is a win-win solution for whales and people, bringing terrific economic opportunities to coastal communities worldwide.
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IWC Rejects Japanese Scientific Whaling Proposal

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Japan has killed more than 8,000 whales under the guise of science since the commercial whaling ban. Earlier this year it announced plans to double its “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica and add endangered humpback and fin whales to its target list.
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Japan’s Commercial Whaling Proposal Rejected by IWC

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“The whales won this one,” said Dr.
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Kentucky bans exotic pets

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Kentucky’s regulation prohibits pet ownership of dangerous animals such as elephants, lions, bears, tigers, rhinos, leopards and certain primates. People who currently own these animals will be allowed to keep them as pets but are prohibited from breeding them or obtaining new ones. The ban does not apply to circuses or zoos.
 
There are an estimated 10,000 tigers being kept as pets in the United States alone, more than twice the number left in the wild worldwide. There is no federal law that prohibits owning a tiger or lion as a pet.
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Leading conservationists sound alarm over whaling

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According to widespread media reports and government sources, Japan will shortly announce plans to double its “scientific” whaling in protected waters around Antarctica and to add two new protected species, fin and humpback whales, to its target list. Japan’s proposal has sparked criticism from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and other concerned governments in recent weeks.
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Iceland urged to abandon whaling

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woe, 05/25/2005
The British, French and German governments also issued a message which strongly criticised the Marine Research Institute’s proposals for 39 minke whales to be taken this year.

IFAW condemned the recommendation as cruel, unnecessary and economically unsustainable and called on Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries to abandon the practice. It is also concerned by proposals to take a further 100 whales next year.

Iceland resumed whaling two years ago on the grounds of scientific research.

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IFAW: Canada enacts law to punish polluters and protect wildlife

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don, 05/19/2005
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An IFAW-led coalition, including World Wildlife Fund, Nature Canada, Birds Studies Canada and the Sierra Club of Canada, campaigned in favor of the new legislation.  "The broad spectrum of support on this bill is something seldom seen in Canadian politics" said Kim Elmslie.  " IFAW would like to applaud Environment Minister Stephane Dion and conservative Environment Critic Bob Mills for their unwavering support of C-15."

Bill C-15 in its current form will allow the Canadian government to effectively enforce the Migratory Birds Convention

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IFAW.org receives top international award for web sites

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“We appreciate the recognition and encourage new users to visit ifaw.org to learn how to create a better world for animals and people,” said A.J. Cady, IFAW’s Director of Online Campaigns and Marketing.

IFAW will be honored alongside Al Gore at the Ninth Annual Webby Awards at Gotham Hall in New York City on June 6.

IFAW uses Kintera’s online marketing tools to campaign for animal welfare in 17 countries and 11 languages worldwide.

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Canada kills 250,000 seal pups in annual hunt

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The government sanctioned commercial hunt for seal pups opened in the Gulf of St Lawrence on 29 March 2005 and closed on 2 April 2005 resulting in the deaths of approximately 100,000 seal pups. On 15 April the hunt then moved on to the “Front” off the coast of Newfoundland where it continues with an estimated 150,000 harp seals already slaughtered.

Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt is the largest marine mammal hunt in the world.

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