65,000+ say no to Caribbean commercial whaling

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Wed, 12/20/2006
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The protests were sent after St. Kitts and Nevis Fisheries Minister Cedric Liburd suggested that Caribbean nations should commercially hunt whales in order to offer the whale meat to tourists.

“More than 65,000 people around the world – many of them potential tourists to the Caribbean – have taken the time to express their resentment to Minister Liburd’s statement.  They are extremely concerned about the future of the whales,” said Trinidad-born Dr.
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Proposed Hunting Bill a Sham as Government Bows to Big Business

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Fri, 12/15/2006
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“Big business appears to have won the day in ensuring that canned hunting will continue virtually unchecked and even given a veneer of respectability by this new bill,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Southern Africa Director of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org).

The new legislation announced earlier this week and due to be promulgated in March 2007, says that captive bred lions may only be hunted six months after being released.
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Caribbean whale watching operators jump-start CARIBwhale

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Thu, 12/07/2006
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Whale watch operators from Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as hotel and tourism associations from Dominica and St.
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IFAW opposes call for commercial whale hunt in the Caribbean: whale meat for tourists?

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Wed, 11/22/2006
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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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Taiping Four gorillas leave South Africa next week

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Mon, 12/04/2006
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“The gorillas and their caregivers depart for Cameroon on a scheduled Kenya Airways flight early on the morning of 13 December 2006,” says Christina Pretorius, Communications Manager for IFAW Southern Africa.
 
The gorillas are to be transferred to the Limbe Wildlife Centre in the Cameroon. The NZG of SA is currently hosting Jonathan Kum Kang, Limbe’s chief keeper and he is working closely alongside the National Zoo’s primate staff charged with the care of the Taiping Four.
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IFAW delighted by Council of Europe recommendation to ban seal products

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Fri, 11/17/2006
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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
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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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Japan’s whale hunters set sail for slaughter in International Whale Sanctuary

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Tue, 11/14/2006
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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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European Parliament votes in favour of greater protection for Europe’s seas

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Tue, 11/14/2006
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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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IFAW to Support Landmark Community Elephant Fence in Kenya

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Wed, 11/08/2006
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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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