$10,000 reward offered after hundreds of baby terns wash up dead

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Thu, 06/29/2006
The team discovered 300-500 baby terns, some only a day old, dead in the surf and littered across the beach. More than a dozen live baby terns were found and rushed to intensive care at IBRRC’s center in San Pedro. Fish & Wildlife and the Coast Guard also responded and are trying to determine if the baby birds were forced off a barge, located in the Los Angeles Harbor.
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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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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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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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Caribbean Conservationists Issues “St. Kitts Declaration” as IWC Debates Fate of World’s Whales

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Fri, 06/16/2006
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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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Fate of World’s Whales Hangs in Balance, International Whaling Commission Meets Today

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Fri, 06/16/2006
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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Japanese Scientific Whaling “Unlawful” Say Top Legal Experts

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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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IFAW team aids thousands of animals in Indonesia earthquake disaster

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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.
 
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Despite Global Protests, Japan’s Whaling Fleet Sets Out Again to Hunt 260 More Whales

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Wed, 05/24/2006
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In 1986, the IWC implemented a global moratorium on whale hunting. Japan continues to hunt whales arguing that the IWC permits lethal whale research. Hence, it classifies its whaling operations as “scientific” despite acknowledging that the meat and blubber from the whales it hunts are processed and sold commercially in Japan. Experts say Japan is misinterpreting the rules.

“Japan continues to snub international law and opinion by sending out its ships to kill whales,” said Dr. Joth Singh, Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection with IFAW.

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Caribbean Environmentalists Issue Strong Statement in Run-up to Controversial Global Whaling Meeting

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Fri, 05/12/2006
The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) officially released the statement on behalf of the group, which is made up of representatives from conservation organizations and the eco-tourism industry across the Caribbean.
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