Austrian Chancellor signals support for a national ban on seal products

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Wed, 11/28/2007
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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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Vienna, Austria
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Jubilation as the Taiping 4 arrive home in Cameroon

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Sat, 12/01/2007
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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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Limbe, Cameroon
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Christina Pretorius (IFAW, SA)
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International Legal Experts Urge Action to End Japanese Whaling

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Wed, 11/14/2007
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Today’s report, dubbed the London Report on Illegal Whaling, comes as the Government of Japan prepares to launch its whaling fleet into international waters later this week.  Its dramatic findings add to a growing body of legal opinion sharply critical of Japan’s expanding whaling operations.
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London, United Kingdom
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Patrick Ramage (IFAW, Headquarters)
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UN report says we are living beyond our planet’s means

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Mon, 10/29/2007
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According to the report, the world is now being confronted with a persistent and combined environmental, development and energy crisis that acknowledges the importance of extinction rates and biodiversity on humanity’s very prospects for survival.  Current documented rates of extinction are roughly 100 times higher than rates indicated in fossil records, and the UNEP report suggests that extinction rates may increase up to 10,000 times the base rate over the coming decades.
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South Yarmouth, MA
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Lynn A. Levine (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Ivory trade galore: Elephants not yet seeing the benefits of trade suspension

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Mon, 10/22/2007
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On October 11th, 93.9 kg (207 lbs) of elephant ivory was confiscated in Zambia. Again, on October 18th, 22 tusks were seized in Zimbabwe. On October 12th, a man in British Columbia was prosecuted for illegally importing 30,000 pieces of African elephant ivory.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Colleen Cullen (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Federal Government protracts trade ban for seal products

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Thu, 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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Hamburg, Germany
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Dörte von der Reith (IFAW, Germany)
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Solomon Islands export dolphins to Dubai

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Wed, 10/17/2007
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“This export should not have taken place.  It undermines the good reputation that the Solomon Islands Government has built up since taking the decision to ban the export of live dolphins in 2005.  We implore the Government to reinstate that ban immediately for the sake of the Solomon Island’s precious marine wildlife and their standing on the international stage,” Mick McIntyre, Director of IFAW Asia Pacific, said.
 
Recent research by IFAW has shown that the diversity of both whale and dolphin species in waters of the Solomon Islands
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Solomon Islands, UAE
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Latin American Organizations Gather in Chile to Strenghten Whale Protection

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Tue, 10/16/2007
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More than twenty representatives of fifteen non government organizations (NGOs) from ten Latin American countries are meeting in Santiago de Chile from October 15th to the 18th in order to coordinate strategies with a view toward the 60th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which will be held in the capital of our country in June of 2008.
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Santiago, Chile
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Bárbara Galletti
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New penalties for poaching show Russia means business

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Thu, 10/11/2007
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Russia has fewer than 450-500 Amur (also known as Siberian or Ussury) tigers in the wild, and no more than 35 Amur leopards. Historically, fines in Russia for killing a tiger or leopard in Russia have been hopelessly low - less than 2,000 rubles, or US$ 50 based on exchange rates from five years ago. The new penalty for poaching a tiger, for example, is US$ 20,000. Both of these rare species are killed by poachers to supply the international market.
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South Yarmouth, MA
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Lynn A. Levine (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW upset about European Commission’s failure to deliver on an integrated Maritime Policy

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Wed, 10/10/2007
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“Maximizing the sustainable use of the oceans and seas” is one of the key objectives of the EU Maritime Policy. “IFAW is particularly concerned that the expansion of economic activities at sea and/or in coastal areas as envisaged in the Action Plan will exponentially increase the level of pressure on cetaceans, other marine mammals and sensitive areas”, says Veronica Frank, Marine Campaigner at IFAW’s EU Office.
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Brussels, Belgium
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Günther Pauls (IFAW, EU)
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