Japan’s “scientific” whaling trashed by international scientists at global whale meeting

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Mon, 05/28/2007
In its report to the plenary meeting of IWC delegates, the Scientific Committee noted that, there was “little incentive” for Japan to produce data collected from its JARPN whaling program.
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Nations meet to decide fate of world’s whales

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Mon, 05/28/2007
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Despite a 1986 global moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan currently hunts more than 1,200 whales a year for what it calls “scientific” whaling, in abuse of an IWC loophole that allows for the lethal research of whales. Whales hunted by Japan as part of its whaling program are processed and sold commercially within Japan. This year the nation has added 50 humpback whales to its self-allocated quota.
 
“The IWC is at a crucial crossroads,” said Patrick Ramage, head of IFAW’s Global Whale Campaign.
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Fate of world's whales to be decided at international meeting

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Fri, 05/25/2007
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The meeting is expected to be contentious, with pro-whaling Japan pushing for a lifting of the ban, and conservation groups, including IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), in attendance to call for global whale protection.
 
Despite the global moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan currently hunts more than 1,200 whales a year for what it calls “scientific” whaling, in abuse of an IWC loophole that allows for the lethal research of whales.
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IFAW highlights its efforts towards saving sea turtles during World Turtle Day

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Wed, 05/23/2007
“World Turtle Day gives us the opportunity to reinforce and highlight our commitment towards these amazing animals,” said Anand Ramanathan of IFAW. “Sea turtles can take many years to reach an age when they can mate, this very slow maturation process makes rescuing every single one we can all the more important.”
 
Eroding beaches around the world pose serious threats to sea turtles that return to breed in their sands. Both adults and hatchlings suffer from loss of habitat, poaching, nest predation and disorientation by artificial light.
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Bidding for Extinction: Rampant ivory trade on eBay threatens elephant survival

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Tue, 05/15/2007
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The snapshot survey conducted in the UK, Australia, China, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Canada and the USA* tracked over 2,200 elephant ivory items listed on eBay Web sites and found that more than 90% of the listings breached even eBay’s own respective national wildlife policies.
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<STRONG>IFAW's 2007 eBay survey &quot;Bidding for Extinction&quot;.<BR></STRONG><BR>The results reveal an arlaming level of illegal trade on worldwide eBay auction platforms, specifically in ivory items.

IFAW opens new center in Moscow to help stray animals

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Mon, 04/30/2007
The stray dog population of Moscow is estimated between 30,000 to 40,000 animals. Many of the strays suffer from human cruelty, hunger, and disease. Aggressive animals have attacked city citizens in the past and the stray dog population is a serious concern of Muscovites.
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IFAW’s new center – called the IFAW CLAW (Community Linked Animal Welfare) Center – was established to help humanely control and reduce the stray animal population of Moscow.
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Federal Legislation Introduced To Protect Public

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Mon, 04/23/2007
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There are currently more than 10,000 captive big cats, such as tigers and lions, held captive in the U.S. In recent years, captive big cats have killed more than a dozen people and injured more than 50 people. Many big cats are owned by individuals or organizations that have been licensed by the USDA to exhibit, breed, or sell these dangerous wild animals. While the terms of the license include certain requirements for the care of the big cats, the license does not address risks to public safety, nor does it firmly prohibit direct contact between the public and big cats.
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Direct contact between humans and dangerous animals, as shown in this picture, is common at many big cat facilities. IFAW is working to completely ban private ownership of big cats and other dangerous exotic pets.

Taiping Four Gorillas &#8211; Wet Weather Stops Play as Malaysia Delays Decision

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Fri, 04/06/2007
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) today announced that the last opportunity to move the gorillas during optimal weather conditions – essential for the welfare of the animals – had passed. The next opportunity to move the gorillas will be from October 2007 when drier weather resumes in Cameroon.
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Canada&#8217;s 2007 commercial seal hunt starts today &#8211; 270,000 seal pups are set to be slaughtered

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Mon, 04/02/2007
Canada has allowed over one million seals to be killed in the past three years. With this year’s commercial total allowable catch limit set at 270,000 seals, this becomes the fourth consecutive year in which the government allocation has exceeded the amount of seals that can be removed without causing the population to decline. Last year, the government set the limit at 335,000 seals, while the total number of seals actually killed was more than 354,000, based on official government figures.
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IFAW observers witness hunting activity on opening day of Canada&#8217;s commercial seal hunt

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Mon, 04/02/2007
The team traveled by plane and helicopter and observed a single sealing vessel as it began hunting seals on the opening day of the Gulf hunt. As expected, sealers were shooting at seals on small ice pans from their boat. “What we saw today was the cruelty of shooting seals in open water,” said Sheryl Fink, observer and senior researcher with IFAW.
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