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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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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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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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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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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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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Mexican Zoo Receives Aid After Hurricane Dean

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Fri, 09/07/2007
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The IFAW Rescue Team was informed that the Payo Obispo Zoological Garden in Chetumal had been severely damaged, and headed there.
 
“We were surprised when we reached the zoo; trees were downed and there were branches everywhere. It was hard to find the roads between the cages, and many of them and the buildings where the animals were exhibited were damaged.
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Joaquín de la Torre Ponce (IFAW, Latin America)
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International Fund for Animal Welfare Names Jeffrey Flocken Director of Washington, D.C. Office

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Tue, 09/04/2007
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Flocken comes to IFAW from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of International Conservation, where he was responsible for policy and outreach. He replaces Cindy Milburn, Senior Advisor, for IFAW’s international headquarters, who has been serving as acting director for the DC office.
 
“Jeff’s 13 years of experience with both legislative campaigns and conservation programs give him a breadth and depth of experience across campaigning, education, fundraising and management functions that will serve IFAW’s Washington D.C.
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New rules protect public from dangerous big cats

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Fri, 08/17/2007
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The passage of the Captive Wildlife Safety Act – which happened shortly after IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) engaged in a high-profile confiscation of 24 full-grown tigers from a suburban New Jersey home –  became necessary due to the high number of dangerous animals being purchased and shipped across state lines. As the CWSA regulations explain, “Statistics show a considerable number of injuries or deaths attributable to big cats.
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