Kenya burns, but Europe still covets Ivory

Publication Date: 
Tue, 07/19/2011

A recent International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) survey of websites in the UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Germany, found a thriving in trade in ivory items – the legality of most of which is questionable.

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Washington, DC
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A day after voting for transparency, international forum for whales meets in secret

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Mon, 07/18/2011

A UK proposal on greater transparency and effectiveness at the IWC was adopted by consensus yesterday. Today, a proposal for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary by Brazil and Argentina led to a mid-morning walkout by Japan, Iceland, Norway and other pro-whaling countries.

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Significant victory for whale conservation as UK achieves consensus on reforming International Whaling Commission

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Wed, 07/13/2011

IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare www.ifaw.org), which backed the paper as a vital measure to secure the IWC’s future credibility and effectiveness, believes the final resolution is a step in the right direction for the forum, despite some of its initial proposals being dropped to achieve vital backing from all member countries.

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Chance to make positive change for whales as international meeting begins in Jersey

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Mon, 07/11/2011

IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare www.ifaw.org) is urging delegates from the IWC’s 89 member countries to adopt a policy of greater openness and accountability to ensure the organisation runs effectively and to safeguard its credibility. In recent years the IWC has been stung by widely reported accusations of corruption

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Unique whale research vessel to sail London to Jersey taking anti-whaling message to international meeting

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Wed, 07/06/2011
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IFAW’s state-of-the-art Song of the Whale, which uses non-harmful methods to study whales, is currently in St Katharine Docks in London before IFAW’s team of whale experts sail to the 63rd annual IWC meeting to urge delegates to protect the ban on commercial whaling and remind them that it is not necessary to kill whales to study them.

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Calls for tighter controls to protect whales ahead of international meeting in Jersey

Publication Date: 
Fri, 07/08/2011

Following widely reported accusations of corruption surrounding the meetings in recent years, IFAW is calling for greater openness and accountability at IWC to ensure it runs effectively and that the credibility of the forum is safeguarded.

The UK Government has also put forward proposals for this year’s meeting (July 11-14) aimed at improving the transparency and effectiveness of the IWC.

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Namibia&#8217;s beachside bloodbath begins

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Thu, 06/30/2011

The hunt, which runs from 01 July to 15 November, is the world’s second largest, next to Canada – which this year only managed to kill 38,000 seals of a total allowable catch (TAC) of 400,000 in 2011.

Namibia, in southern African, targets Cape fur seal colonies on beaches on its Atlantic Ocean coastline.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Bronze medal for IFAW anti-whaling ads in Cannes

Publication Date: 
Thu, 06/23/2011

Despite a global ban on whaling, Japan has continued to hunt whales using a loophole which allows ‘scientific’ whaling. There is no valuable science which arises from ‘scientific’ whaling—just valuable whale meat which is for sale in Tokyo restaurants and supermarkets.

IFAW tasked JWT with raising awareness of the ongoing commercial slaughter of whales in the ‘in the name of science’.

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Manas no longer &#8216;in danger&#8217; of losing World Heritage status

Publication Date: 
Tue, 06/21/2011

Manas – a biodiversity hotspot that serves as a National Park, a Tiger Reserve and an Elephant Reserve, was listed as a World Heritage site in 1985. In 1992, amidst the civil unrest of the 1980s and 90s, Manas was declared ‘in danger’ of losing the World Heritage status.

The decision to remove the ‘in danger’ tag was announced during the on-going 35th Session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Paris.

Manas was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to severe damages to the ecosystem during the civil unrest.

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Paris, France
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IFAW: Cruel video from Canada&#8217;s 2011 seal hunt proves size doesn&#8217;t matter

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Wed, 06/08/2011

Fewer than 50 boats participated in the 2011 seal hunt, and only 38,000 seals have been reported killed with a landed value of under $750,000.  In spite of a smaller-scale hunt, the video evidence confirms that the Canadian government and the sealing industry continue to ignore concerns about inhumane killing raised by the European Union, and that the few existing regulations are impossible for authorities to enforce.

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