IFAW opposes call for commercial whale hunt in the Caribbean: whale meat for tourists?

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Wed, 11/22/2006
Despite global outcry against the hunting of whales and a ban on whaling since 1986, Minister  Liburd indicated at a recent meeting of Caribbean government officials that the region should follow Japan’s lead and kill whales for their meat.

“The Caribbean has a thriving whale watching industry, valued at more than US$22 million per year,” said Trinidad-born Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW’s Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection. “This is in stark contrast to slaughtering these same whales and feeding the meat to visitors.
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IFAW delighted by Council of Europe recommendation to ban seal products

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Fri, 11/17/2006
IFAW has been campaigning to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt for more than thirty years, and experts with the organization are very pleased with the council’s decision. “This decision sends a very strong message to European governments that Canada’s cruel hunt will not be tolerated,” said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW’s Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection.
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Germany’s National Veterinary Association demands a trade embargo on all seal products

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Thu, 11/16/2006
Dr. Ernst Breitling, president of the National Veterinary Association submitted the written request to top government officials including Prime Minister Angela Merkel. “Veterinarians, as the best protectors of animals, are outraged by the gruesome methods with which seals are often killed,” he wrote.
 
The association’s claim that Canada’s seal hunt is cruel is backed by footage obtained by IFAW, which has documented the Canadian seal hunt for more than three decades.
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Bonn, Germany
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European Parliament votes in favour of greater protection for Europe’s seas

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Tue, 11/14/2006
The European Parliament today called for a determined Europe-wide effort to combat the impacts of destructive and unsustainable fishing, shipping, oil drilling, marine pollution, coastal and offshore construction and littering, which present an escalating threat to Europe’s seas. Environmental groups welcomed the assembly’s stance on the Marine Strategy Directive, which demands tougher action than those contained in the vague and empty shell of the European Commission’s original proposal.
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Japan’s whale hunters set sail for slaughter in International Whale Sanctuary

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Tue, 11/14/2006
Japan’s whale hunt starts just weeks after Iceland resumed commercial whaling for the first time in 20 years. Seven fin whales and one minke whale were killed in Iceland since it resumed whaling on Oct. 17, 2006. Much of this whale meat has been frozen due to saturation in the market.

“Whales are under threat not only from those countries that still allow commercial whaling, but also by entanglement, pollution, ocean noise, ship strikes and global warming,” said Dr.
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Shimonoseki, Japan
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Elephants sent into Safari Slavery from Zimbabwe’s World Famous Hwange National Park

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Wed, 11/08/2006
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The permits were issued by Zimbabwe National Parks, and the animals are being caught in the country’s largest game reserve, Hwange National Park in south-west Zimbabwe.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius (IFAW, Southern Africa)
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Shearwater Adventures, one of Zimbabwe’s best known adventure tourism operators, has been given the permits to catch 15 elephants to be tamed and trained for use in their elephant-safari business.

NGO’s and Zoo Combine Forces to Return Taiping 4 Gorillas to Cameroon

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Wed, 10/25/2006
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IFAW and the National Zoo met in Pretoria last week and agreed to collaborate on all levels to return the gorillas to the Cameroon.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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IFAW to Support Landmark Community Elephant Fence in Kenya

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Wed, 11/08/2006
Kenya’s Vice President Hon. Moody Awori, who led senior government officials and conservationists in the commemoration of IFAW’s contribution to conservation in Kenya, termed the Laikipia West Fence project “a practical solution” saying it will separate the local community from elephants and enable both to thrive side by side without fear and violent conflict. “Laikipia is critically important for Kenya as a wildlife habitat – being host to our largest population of elephants outside protected national parks.
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Icelandic whalers head out to hunt first fin whale &#8211; global outcry pours in

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Fri, 10/20/2006
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The whalers are on the hunt for a fin whale, one of nine the government has issued hunting permits for. Fin whales are endangered under IUCN guidelines and second only to the blue whale in terms of size -- growing to average lengths of 18-22m and weights of 30-80 tons. They were hunted in significant numbers by whalers in the past, and their population figures are currently unknown.
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Official statements have been made by the governments of the U.S., France, U.K, Australia, and New Zealand against Iceland’s decision to resume whaling.
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An endangered fin whale is hauled to shore with a harpoon still embedded in its side 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.

Whales killed for fish freezer, no market for meat &#8211; &#8220;It&#8217;s a cruel waste,&#8221; says IFAW

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Tue, 10/24/2006
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The whale is expected to be brought ashore early Tuesday afternoon, and will be the second fin whale hunted commercially by whalers since the Minister of Fisheries, Einar K. Gudfinnsson, issued hunting permits last week for nine endangered fin whales and 30 minke whales. The first fin whale was brought ashore on Sunday to international outcry.
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The sole whale processing plant in Iceland, a facility built during World War II and not used in twenty years, is currently out of operation.

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