Whaling Meeting Closes-Future Uncertain For Whales and Commission

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Fri, 06/27/2008
 “The Commission is trying to chart a course for the future while ignoring ongoing whaling by just three member countries,” said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale Program Director. “Whale conservation measures were put on ice at this meeting.  If Japan, Norway and Iceland are serious about compromise, they should prove it by suspending their ongoing whaling.”

This week’s meeting focused mainly on the future of the commission, with only brief flashes of conflict between pro-whaling and conservation-minded countries.

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New technology being developed to track fishing gear and save whales

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Mon, 07/21/2008
“Two iconic species in our region face unprecedented threats: whales and commercial fishermen,” said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale Program Director.  “We hope the new technology developed through this initiative will benefit both.  All of us at IFAW are proud to be partnering with the fishing industry and government agencies to promote solutions that benefit animals and people.”
 
“Entanglements are rarely documented as they are occurring, so we need to gather other data to help us understand when, where and how they h
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African Elephant Coalition roots for conservation, not ivory trade

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Tue, 06/24/2008

In  a communiqué read by Mali delegate, Alpha Maiga, the range states also opposed a recommendation by the CITES Secretariat designating China as an Ivory trade partner and resolved to make a formal communication before the CITES Standing Committee Meeting 57 scheduled set for July 2008 in Geneva.  Consideration for further trade and trading partners, they also resolved, should only be made after the one-off sale approved at CoP 14 has taken place and the effects of that sale are documented and understood.

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IFAW Opens Green Headquarters Reflecting Commitment to Animals and the Environment

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Thu, 06/19/2008
Longstanding IFAW board member and “Hardball” news anchor Chris Matthews will host the opening reception and program exposition showcasing IFAW’s global animal protection projects on Friday, June 20, from 4 to 7 p.m.
 
“We’re here to celebrate the opening of this beautiful green building, which exemplifies IFAW’s commitment to animals and the environment,” said Chris Matthews.
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Iceland resumes whaling - first whale killed

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Wed, 05/21/2008
Icelandic media is reporting that whalers have killed a 7.4-metre male minke whale.
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Going once, going twice: Remnants of 10,000+ elephants may be on the auction block

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Mon, 06/09/2008
Significant amounts of ivory in these stocks up for export from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, has been collected through culling, which is defined as killing as a means to address population control, and also natural deaths.
 
Newly released document submissions to next month’s 57th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC) reveal that the Secretariat has given its endorsement of the sales as well as its support of China being accepted as an importer for these stocks.
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Five orphaned bears get a new life in Russia; satellite tracking will monitor survival

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Thu, 04/10/2008
The satellite technology transmits regular signals from the bear’s collar allowing researchers to follow them remotely and download information about their movements and whereabouts via internet updates three times a week. The collar is programmed to record information about the animal’s location every 90 minutes and to automatically drop-off after a period of 18 months.
 
“The bears are in good condition after their hibernation in their self-made wintering den. They are being released in spring now when they have access to good forage in the wild.
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"Humane" claims by Canadian delegation in Europe refuted by new video evidence from seal hunt

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Fri, 04/04/2008
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Unacceptable cruelty, including the hooking and hoisting of a live seal into a boat has been documented at the hunt this week, at the very same time Canadian officials overseas are heralding this year to be the most humane seal hunt ever.
 
“The cruelty we witnessed earlier this week should not be tolerated anywhere in the world,” said Sheryl Fink, IFAW senior researcher and veteran seal hunt observer.
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IFAW documents hunting activity on opening day of Canada's commercial seal hunt - new bleeding requirement ignored

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Fri, 03/28/2008
The team observed and documented sealers on the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence hunting with hakapiks on the opening day of the hunt.
 
“We witnessed today a classic example of the cruelty associated with this hunt. We filmed as a sealer struck a seal with a hakapik before it slipped into the water. The sealer tried to pull the seal out by the hind flippers but it slipped underwater anyway,” said Cheryl Jacobson, hunt observer with IFAW.
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IFAW documents hunting activity on opening day of Canada's commercial seal hunt – new bleeding requirement ignored

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Fri, 03/28/2008
The team observed and documented sealers on the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence hunting with hakapiks on the opening day of the hunt.
 
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