Row over “St. Kitts and Nevis Declaration” Erupts at International Whaling Commission Meeting

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Despite having gained 33 votes in favor, 32 votes against, and 1 abstention, the status of this declaration within the IWC is as yet unclear, with a number of governments challenging the validity of the vote. In addition to challenging the voting process, many countries were also immediate to disassociate themselves with, or confirm their opposition to, the declaration including the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Germany, France, Mexico, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Monaco, Italy, Argentina, and Belgium.
 
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Caribbean Conservationists Issues “St. Kitts Declaration” as IWC Debates Fate of World’s Whales

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“We can not allow Japan to use its wealth to pressure our region into supporting its campaign to hunt whales,” said Dr. Joth Singh of Trinidad, Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org ). “Whale watching is now a US$10-million industry across the Caribbean.
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IFAW team aids thousands of animals in Indonesia earthquake disaster

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IFAW’s Emergency Relief Team is working with CARE, a local animal welfare group, to provide veterinary care to livestock and other animals in the villages, south of Yogyakarta, which were flattened in the earthquake.
 
In the two weeks since the earthquake, animals treated by the team include: 3,977 cattle, 1,992 sheep, 150 pigs, 125 water buffalo, 46 dogs, 10 horses, 43 cats and thousands of chickens and ducks.
 
The team of 27 includes veterinarians, animal rehabilitators and veterinary students -- all working closely with local government veterina
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Fate of World’s Whales Hangs in Balance, International Whaling Commission Meets Today

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Tension will be particularly high, as Japan may have amassed enough pro-whale votes within the IWC to control the simple majority, though narrowly, through what it calls its “vote consolidation” program.
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Narrowest of Votes Leaves Whales Safe – For Now – at International Whaling Commission

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Japan’s proposal for secret ballots was defeated 33 votes to 30 votes with one abstention. The news of the Japan’s failed takeover of the IWC left the global conservation community relieved, but cautious.
 
Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection said:
 
 “We are relieved but not relaxed about the early voting here. So far we have managed to dodge the harpoon, but let’s see how things go for the rest of the week.
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Japanese Scientific Whaling “Unlawful” Say Top Legal Experts

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These findings come just weeks before the June 16-20th, 2006 annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in St. Kitts, at which Japan is expected to campaign strongly for its whaling activities.
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Caribbean Environmentalists Issue Strong Statement in Run-up to Controversial Global Whaling Meeting

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The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) officially released the statement on behalf of the group, which is made up of representatives from conservation organizations and the eco-tourism industry across the Caribbean.
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Despite Global Protests, Japan’s Whaling Fleet Sets Out Again to Hunt 260 More Whales

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Wed, 05/24/2006
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In 1986, the IWC implemented a global moratorium on whale hunting. Japan continues to hunt whales arguing that the IWC permits lethal whale research. Hence, it classifies its whaling operations as “scientific” despite acknowledging that the meat and blubber from the whales it hunts are processed and sold commercially in Japan. Experts say Japan is misinterpreting the rules.

“Japan continues to snub international law and opinion by sending out its ships to kill whales,” said Dr. Joth Singh, Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection with IFAW.

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Conservationists “Outraged” By Massive Illegal Ivory Haul

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“While we applaud the Hong Kong, Province of China customs officers who made this discovery,” said Dr. Joth Singh, Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection with IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), “IFAW is outraged that massive illegal ivory hauls of this size continue to be trafficked internationally despite the ivory trade ban. It is clear that the global community just doesn’t have the capacity to enforce either the trade, or the protection of elephants.
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Yesterday, Hong Kong customs officials seized 600 ivory tusks similar to the ones pictured here, the largest ivory seizure in Hong Kong since 1989.

South Africa allows capture of wild elephants

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The elephants have been taken to the training facility of Elephants For Africa Forever (EFAF), a centre which notoriously supplies “tamed and trained” elephants to elephant-back safari tourism operations throughout South Africa.

Permits allowing the capture were issued by Limpopo Province and, according to the main shareholder of Selati Game Reserve from where the animals were taken; the event was monitored by a senior representative of the National Council of the Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).

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