Mystery Meat: Japan Unable to Account for Fin Whales on Sale

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Mon, 06/23/2008
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The research team, led by Dr. Scott Baker of Oregon State University, analyzed DNA from 99 whale meat products purchased in Japanese markets since 2006 and identified six baleen whale species: humpback, fin, sei, Bryde’s, North Pacific minke and Antarctic minke.  In the case of the fin whales, the study used methods similar to human forensic genetics to identify products from a total of 15 individual for sale in 2006 and 207. However, the Government of Japan reported a total of only13 fin whales killed under its scientific whaling program over the same period.
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Santiago, Chile
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WTI-IFAW Project Ensures Zero Elephant Deaths on Rajaji Railway Track (India)

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Tue, 06/17/2008
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The railway line, which joins the holy city of Haridwar on the foothills of the Himalayas to the busy capital of the Uttarakhand state, Dehradun, had seen 20 elephant deaths, including those of tuskers and pregnant females, between 1987 and March 2002.

The report and the subsequent efforts by WTI-IFAW catalysed the Uttaranchal Forest Department and the Indian Railways to set up a coordination body that implemented the recommendations to ensure zero elephant deaths on this track since 2002.
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Rajaji NP, Uttarakhand
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Taiping 4 Gorilla "Oyin" Dies

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Mon, 06/09/2008
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“We are extremely upset by the news that Oyin, one of the gorillas relocated to Cameroon from South Africa in December 2007, has passed away. She had apparently been sickly for about 10 days.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius (IFAW, South Africa)
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Illegal Ivory Trade Thrives on eBay Despite Year-Old "Ban"

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Thu, 06/05/2008
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In response to these developments, IFAW today is renewing its call for eBay, Inc. to institute a full and complete ban on all elephant ivory products worldwide.
 
“eBay’s affiliates in countries including Germany, Australia, France and China have virtually eliminated the illegal ivory trade on their Web sites thanks to severe restrictions and outright bans, ” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW’s Washington, DC, Office Director.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Lynn A. Levine (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Attempt to revive whale meat trade raises legal questions

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Wed, 06/04/2008
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While the exact circumstances and status of the shipments remains unclear, the export of fin and minke whale meat to Japan appears to have taken place without the knowledge or authorisation of relevant Icelandic, Norwegian and Japanese authorities according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
 
Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK, said: “We are still working to establish the facts in this particular case, but attempts by anyone to circumvent the relevant authorities and regulations to resuscitate the international trade in whale meat has very grav
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London, United Kingdom
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Clare Sterling (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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Food Relief for Pets Affected by Johannesburg Unrest

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Tue, 05/20/2008
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CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) which works in townships and informal settlements across Gauteng reports that companion animals were abandoned as their owners scrambled to flee the xenophobic violence that has spread across South Africa’s biggest city since last weekend.
 
“Under police guard CLAW was able to access Alexandra township (where the attacks began) towards the end of last week and is also working with human welfare ngos.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Experts convene in Marine Mammal Stranding Conference

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Wed, 04/16/2008
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The Northeast Region Stranding Conference is held from April 16 to 20 in Providence, Rhode Island and will gather over 100 participants to discuss strategies that will improve the coordination and effectiveness in rehabilitation and release efforts of marine animals.
 
Constituents will partake in meetings and scientific sessions that will include items than range from stranding innovations and trends, disease and diagnostics to oil spills and more.
 
"This conference is an annual event that allows stranding responders from Maine to Virginia to meet a
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Providence, Rhode Island - United States
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Cruelty to continue under 'new' Canadian seal hunt regulations

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Thu, 03/27/2008
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“Now that I have seen the actual text of the new condition of license, I’m left speechless by its inadequacy.” said Sheryl Fink, IFAW senior researcher and veteran seal hunt observer.

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Cruelty to continue under ‘new’ Canadian seal hunt regulations

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Thu, 03/27/2008
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“Now that I have seen the actual text of the new condition of license, I’m left speechless by its inadequacy.” said Sheryl Fink, IFAW senior researcher and veteran seal hunt observer.
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Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
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Through the Internet, Students from all over Latin America will be able to help Improve Animal Welfare

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Fri, 03/07/2008
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Help Networks is designed so that junior high school students (between the ages of 12 and 15) can get to know the main threats facing animals all over the world, become sensitized to respect, and understand the social, environmental and ecological importance of animal welfare.
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Mexico City, Mexico
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