Kenya Government to Export Wildlife to Zoo in Thailand

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Wed, 07/06/2005
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare –www.ifaw.org) today condemned the decision by the Kenyan Government saying that it sends the wrong message to the world. 

Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra requested wildlife for the zoo during a meeting late last year with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki. The Chiang Mai Night Safari Park is a project launched by Shinawatra and animals from other countries have been requested from private zoos and donors.

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Illegal Ivory Trade Flourishes in China

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Tue, 06/28/2005
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“This report clearly shows the links between the legal and illegal ivory trades. Chinese policy makers and enforcement officials have tried to bring the trade under control, but according to IFAW’s study there simply is no way to stop the illegal sale of ivory in China as long as legal ivory sales continue,” said Peter Pueschel, program manager, IFAW.
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The 6.5 metric tonne ivory haul was seized in Singapore three years ago and is the single largest seizure of illegal ivory since the trade was banned by the U.N. Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) in 1989.

Whaling Commission Saved, Whales Still in Trouble

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Fri, 06/24/2005
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Japan formally presented plans to double its “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica and added endangered humpback and fin whales to its target list at this week’s session.  A clear majority of IWC member countries yesterday passed a strongly worded resolution calling on Japan to withdraw its new scientific whaling plan.   

“The conservation majority at the IWC is saved, but the whales are not.  Japan is killing hundreds of whales right now in the North Pacific and plans

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IWC Notes Growth of Whale Watching Industry Worldwide

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Thu, 06/23/2005
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“More and more countries are saying no to whaling and yes to whale watching, said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW delegate to the IWC meeting. “Whale watching is a win-win solution for whales and people, bringing terrific economic opportunities to coastal communities worldwide.
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Whale watchers off the coast of Provincetown, MA get a great view of a humpback.

IWC Rejects Japanese Scientific Whaling Proposal

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Wed, 06/22/2005
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Japan has killed more than 8,000 whales under the guise of science since the commercial whaling ban. Earlier this year it announced plans to double its “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica and add endangered humpback and fin whales to its target list.
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Humpback whales like this one may be safer as a result of the IWC's decision to reject Japan's scientific whaling proposal.

Elephant Tragedy an Accident Waiting to Happen

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Wed, 06/22/2005
On Tuesday, a bull elephant killed an elephant handler at the Knysna Elephant Park, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, reportedly while out on a morning excursion.

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org)  and its partner organisation, the Ethical Conservation Network (ECN), have expressed dismay at the tragedy but warned that, as elephant tourism becomes more extensive, the chance of more people being injured and possibly killed by the giant pachyderms becomes more likely.

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Japan&#8217;s Commercial Whaling Proposal Rejected by IWC

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Tue, 06/21/2005
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“The whales won this one,” said Dr.
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Kentucky bans exotic pets

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Wed, 06/15/2005
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Kentucky’s regulation prohibits pet ownership of dangerous animals such as elephants, lions, bears, tigers, rhinos, leopards and certain primates. People who currently own these animals will be allowed to keep them as pets but are prohibited from breeding them or obtaining new ones. The ban does not apply to circuses or zoos.
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There are an estimated 10,000 tigers being kept as pets in the United States alone, more than twice the number left in the wild worldwide. There is no federal law that prohibits owning a tiger or lion as a pet.
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IFAW Urges China to Say No to Japanese Whaling

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Tue, 06/14/2005
Japan threatens to break the 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling set up by the IWC. Senior Japanese official Yoshimasa Hayashi told AFP in Washington recently "We are running out of patience after waiting for 20 years," Media reports reveal that Japan proposes to double the quota of whales killed disguise as “scientific research, expand whaling to include other species of whales and conduct whaling in internationally established whale sanctuaries.
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Iceland urged to abandon whaling

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Wed, 05/25/2005
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The British, French and German governments also issued a message which strongly criticised the Marine Research Institute’s proposals for 39 minke whales to be taken this year.

IFAW condemned the recommendation as cruel, unnecessary and economically unsustainable and called on Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries to abandon the practice. It is also concerned by proposals to take a further 100 whales next year.

Iceland resumed whaling two years ago on the grounds of scientific research.

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Since August 2003, 62 minke whales have been killed in Iceland's coastal waters.