Icelanders believe whaling damages tourism

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Fri, 11/24/2006
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The new Gallup poll was commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) in light of Iceland’s resumption of commercial whaling.
 
Despite little market for meat from Iceland’s so-called “scientific” whaling programme, begun in 2003, whalers have recently harpooned seven endangered fin whales and one minke whale in a bid to sell the meat commercially.
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Clare Sterling (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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25 Countries Launch Diplomatic Protest Against Iceland’s Whale Hunt

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Wed, 11/01/2006
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The demarche expresses the countries’ opposition to the resumption of commercial whale hunting and asks the Icelandic government to reconsider its policy.

“We are heartened by the strong global reaction and hopeful that the Icelandic government will reconsider its misguided decision,” said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW’s Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection. “We have no quarrel with the people of Iceland.
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Michele Duff (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW Breaks Ground on New International Headquarters

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Wed, 10/25/2006
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“This is a great day for IFAW, for our staff and partners on Cape Cod, and for the many animals we protect worldwide,” said IFAW President and CEO Fred O’Regan. “The headquarters we break ground for today will bring our 150 employees together in one Cape Cod location.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Kerry Branon (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW welcomes maximum fine for UK Company selling illegal ivory

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Tue, 10/24/2006
In November 2004, detectives from the Metropolitan Police executed search warrants at three London premises belonging to George F Trumper Ltd, a company specialising in the sale of gentleman's grooming accessories. Twenty four ivory items were seized from the premises where they were being kept for sale.

Most of the items seized were shaving brushes stamped with "real ivory" and were on sale for prices of up to £1,100 each.
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London, United Kingdom
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Rosa Hill (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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Whalers bloody Iceland&#8217;s waters and international reputation with first whale kill

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Sun, 10/22/2006
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The whaling ship, owned by prominent Icelandic businessman Kristjan Loftsson, arrived this morning at Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord), a small inlet with a dock used by whalers in Iceland’s whaling days. The country’s sole whale meat processing factory, built during World War II, is currently inoperable.
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell (IFAW, Headquarters)
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An endangered fin whale is hauled to shore in Hvalfjordur, Iceland, on Sunday, October 22, 2006. Iceland has permitted the commercial hunting of nine fin whales and 30 minke whales, contravening a 1986 global whaling moratorium.

EU Parliament adopts Animal Welfare Action Plan

Publication Date: 
Thu, 10/12/2006
The Parliament resolution
  • considers that the protection of animals in Europe should not be restricted to farm animals and animals in experimentation but should extend to all groups of animals, including wild animals with full regard paid to animal welfare issues in such policy areas as sustainable development and trade in wildlife.
  • recognizes the public demand for ethically and socially acceptable products and calls on the European Commission to do more at the international level, particularly in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) context to promote the recognition
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Brussels, Belgium
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G&#252;nther Pauls (IFAW, Belgium)
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CITES Falls Short of Addressing Critical Threats to Wild Tigers

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Fri, 10/06/2006
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CITES lists the tiger among the most endangered species in need of protection, identifying illegal trade as the major threat to the species. Poaching to supply tiger parts to illegal markets has completely wiped out wild tigers from some nature reserves in India. And tiger farms in China are lobbying to legalize the trade in parts and derivatives of captive-bred tigers. However at the discussion on tigers, the SC failed to endorse actions proposed by the CITES Secretariat and the US to address the rampant illegal trade of tiger parts and derivatives across Asia.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Lynn A. Levine (IFAW, Headquarters)
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More than one million children learn about seals this week

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Wed, 10/04/2006
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“Making Waves for Seals,” is this year’s theme – focusing on seals and the many threats seals face like: pollution, habitat loss, climate change, entanglement in fishing nets, commercial hunting and extinction.

IFAW distributed interactive materials including student booklets, teacher’s guides, calendar posters and a 15 minute educational video introduced by E.R. actor Goran Visnjic to 10,500 U.S. schools and community organizations. In the past few weeks, the “Making Waves for Seals” video also aired on 450 U.S.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Kerry Branon (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Fate of elephants hangs in balance at meeting of world nations

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Mon, 10/02/2006
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The CITES treaty came into force in 1975 amid growing concern over the human impact of unregulated trade in endangered species. Since then, CITES has recognized most elephant populations as critically endangered, and has strict prohibitions on the international trade in ivory. Pro-trade nations have tried to weaken the Convention, and to reframe it as a tool to advance trade rather than to protect dwindling populations of wildlife from exploitation and extinction.
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Lynn A. Levine (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Zambia hands down tough sentence to ivory dealer

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Fri, 09/08/2006
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Ting Cheng-lung, was arrested on 8 August 2006 at Ndola Airport in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, while in possession of 13 pieces of raw ivory plus 106 pieces of carved ivory. The contraband ivory is estimated to be worth US$50,000.
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IFAW wildlife experts have been watching the case, hopeful that a tough sentence would be handed down to send a strong signal to elephant poachers and illegal ivory dealers.
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Lusaka, Zambia
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Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell (IFAW, Headquarters)
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