President Bush to Meet with Japan Prime Minister Koizumi: Conservationists say, “tell Japan to stop whaling”

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Despite a global moratorium on whaling set by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986, the government of Japan continues to hunt more than 1,000 whales a year as part of what it calls its government-run “scientific” whaling program. While the IWC has condemned Japan’s whaling practices, a loophole in its policy allows for lethal whale research. Japan sells the meat from its whaling operations to commercial restaurants and fish markets.

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IFAW Stands With Greenpeace as Activists are Arrested at International Whaling Meeting

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Tue, 06/20/2006
The demonstration came on the last day of the 58th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) taking place June 16-20 at the Marriott Resort in St. Kitts. Just yesterday, the IWC passed a resolution by consensus stating that, “the Commission and Contracting Governments support the right to legitimate and peaceful forms of protest and demonstration.” St.
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Growth of Pacific Islands Whale Watching Industry Cited at Meeting of International Whaling Commission

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Mon, 06/19/2006
The preliminary findings show that the region’s whale watching activities have increased 45% for the period 1998-2005, with a total of 109,540 whale watchers in 2005 alone. The report also found that the Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Guam experienced the strongest annual average growth rates; and that new whale watching operations have emerged recently in Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa & Solomon Islands.

Australia’s Minister for the Environment and Heritage, the Hon.

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Cruelty of Japanese Whale Hunt Unveiled in New Scientific Report

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Australia’s Minister for the Environment and Heritage, the Honorable Ian Campbell, heralded the report today at the IWC meeting saying, “this paper I commend to anyone who wants to have a thorough understanding of the killing methods that are employed in the name of science by Japan. It is quite disturbing.” 

The report found that the video shows:

•  More than 80% of whales are not killed instantly once harpooned.

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Row over “St. Kitts and Nevis Declaration” Erupts at International Whaling Commission Meeting

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Sun, 06/18/2006
Despite having gained 33 votes in favor, 32 votes against, and 1 abstention, the status of this declaration within the IWC is as yet unclear, with a number of governments challenging the validity of the vote. In addition to challenging the voting process, many countries were also immediate to disassociate themselves with, or confirm their opposition to, the declaration including the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Germany, France, Mexico, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Monaco, Italy, Argentina, and Belgium.
 
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Narrowest of Votes Leaves Whales Safe – For Now – at International Whaling Commission

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Fri, 06/16/2006
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Japan’s proposal for secret ballots was defeated 33 votes to 30 votes with one abstention. The news of the Japan’s failed takeover of the IWC left the global conservation community relieved, but cautious.
 
Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection said:
 
 “We are relieved but not relaxed about the early voting here. So far we have managed to dodge the harpoon, but let’s see how things go for the rest of the week.
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Fate of World’s Whales Hangs in Balance, International Whaling Commission Meets Today

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Fri, 06/16/2006
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Tension will be particularly high, as Japan may have amassed enough pro-whale votes within the IWC to control the simple majority, though narrowly, through what it calls its “vote consolidation” program.
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Caribbean Conservationists Issues “St. Kitts Declaration” as IWC Debates Fate of World’s Whales

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“We can not allow Japan to use its wealth to pressure our region into supporting its campaign to hunt whales,” said Dr. Joth Singh of Trinidad, Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org ). “Whale watching is now a US$10-million industry across the Caribbean.
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IFAW team aids thousands of animals in Indonesia earthquake disaster

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Mon, 06/12/2006
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IFAW’s Emergency Relief Team is working with CARE, a local animal welfare group, to provide veterinary care to livestock and other animals in the villages, south of Yogyakarta, which were flattened in the earthquake.
 
In the two weeks since the earthquake, animals treated by the team include: 3,977 cattle, 1,992 sheep, 150 pigs, 125 water buffalo, 46 dogs, 10 horses, 43 cats and thousands of chickens and ducks.
 
The team of 27 includes veterinarians, animal rehabilitators and veterinary students -- all working closely with local government veterina
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Japanese Scientific Whaling “Unlawful” Say Top Legal Experts

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Thu, 06/01/2006
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These findings come just weeks before the June 16-20th, 2006 annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in St. Kitts, at which Japan is expected to campaign strongly for its whaling activities.
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