Cameroon, Hong Kong, China win Interpol award for their efforts in fighting wildlife crime

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Interpol’s Ecomessage Award comes with a prize sponsored by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) valued at US$30,000.
 
“By recognizing Cameroon and Hong Kong, Province of China as the 2007 award recipients, Interpol wishes to acknowledge that in utilizing the Ecomessage system, these agencies were directly responsible for the dismantling of a significant organizational structure perpetrating the illegal trafficking of large amounts of raw ivory from Africa to Southeast Asia
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CITES rebuffs Japan’s efforts to reopen whale meat trade

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Wed, 06/06/2007
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Since 1994, Japan and Norway have regularly submitted proposals to CITES seeking to weaken protection for the great whales.  This year, Japan proposed a full review of the population status of all 13 great whale species by CITES, while Iceland submitted a proposal for review of the fin whale.   Today’s rejection of these proposals by an overwhelming majority of Parties immediately follows losses for Japan, Iceland and Norway at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) held in Anchorage, Alaska from May 28 to May 31.  The
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Critical lapses in CITES compliance revealed as Southern African nations push for reopening of ivory trade

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Tue, 06/05/2007
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“Southern African countries’ ability to comply with CITES is not what they make it out to be,” says Jason Bell-Leask, IFAW’s Southern Africa Regional Director and advocate for good conservation management practices and non-consumptive utilization.
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IFAW investigation pushes eBay to announce global ban of all international ivory trade

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In its survey carried out in February 2007, IFAW found that 94% of elephant ivory for sale on eBay sites was potentially illegal. The report also found that eBay policies varied from country to country and were often vague and not enforced.
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<STRONG>IFAW's 2007 eBay survey &quot;Bidding for Extinction&quot;. <BR><BR></STRONG>The results reveal an arlaming level of illegal trade on worldwide eBay auction platforms, specifically in ivory items.

New and improved system to combat illegal wildlife trade unveiled

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Sun, 06/03/2007
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WEMS works by collecting, compiling, analyzing and disseminating on a global scale the information it collects on wildlife crime.&nbsp; In contrast to the Interpol system, which acts as a central database for official information submitted by national enforcement authorities, the WEMS system relies on information provided by private organizations.&nbsp; Additionally, while Interpol’s information is shared exclusively with national enforcement officials, WEMS works to elevate public awareness by disseminating selected information it collects to the public-at-large.&nbs
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African elephant makes appearance at opening day of international wildlife trade conference

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Sun, 06/03/2007
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Mjumbe was made in Kenya from confiscated wire snares, and designed by famed Kenyan metal sculptor, Kioko. IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) commissioned the sculpture as part of its global elephant protection campaign.
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Illegal trade in tigers undermines China&#8217;s implementation of CITES

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Thu, 05/31/2007
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Grace Gabriel, IFAW’s Asia Regional Director and key player in the tiger farming debate, said of the report’s findings, “Tigers play a vital role in our ecosystem and are key to Asia’s wildlife heritage.
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CITES Standing Committee releases stockpiles to Japan and makes mockery of system

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Sat, 06/02/2007
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The sale of the 60 tonne stockpiles approved in 2002 at the 12th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP) was contingent upon certain conditions being met, including the availability of baseline and comparative data from the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants system (MIKE).
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Japanese oversight flaws fatal to elephants

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Wed, 05/30/2007
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At the 54th meeting of the SC in October 2006, delegates and conservation organizations were caught off-guard by a last-minute decision recommending Japan as a trading partner for the stockpiles.&nbsp;This decision was made without the knowledge of a recent 2.8 tonne seizure of contraband ivory in Osaka in August 2006, which the Japanese did not disclose until after the meeting of the SC.&nbsp;

Final approval of Japan as a destination for the stockpiles will be contingent upon the Secretariat’s own verification report to be presented at SC55, which convenes Saturda

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International commercial trade of elephants, whales, tigers and sharks to be voted on at CITES Meeting

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Tue, 05/29/2007
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Proposals that would allow for the international commercial trade of elephant ivory are heating up to be the most contentious of the dozens of proposals to be voted on.
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