Press Content Pane http://www.ifaw.org/africa/theme/press/rss.xml/124/17 en Pro-whaling countries yet again harpoon plans for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/pro-whaling-countries-yet-again-harpoon-plans-south-atlantic-whale-sanctuary <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 09/18/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="198" title="Pro-whaling countries yet again harpoon plans for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary" alt="Pro-whaling countries yet again harpoon plans for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctua" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/whale_300_5.jpg?1411043284" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>At the final day of the 65<sup>th</sup> meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Portoroz, Slovenia, plans for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary failed once again due to opposition from pro-whaling nations.</p> <p>The proposal, put forward by Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, South Africa and new sponsor Gabon, aimed to provide a comprehensive approach to conservation of cetaceans, involving the management of all threats to whales in the region, not just the threat of whaling, which does not take place in these waters.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/pro-whaling-countries-yet-again-harpoon-plans-south-atlantic-whale-sanctuary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Whales Political advocacy Whales IWC scientific whaling South Atlantic whale Sanctuary whale watching whales Whaling Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:28:48 +0000 adintino 101431 at http://www.ifaw.org Victory for whales as forum votes to protect World Court ruling against Japan’s ‘scientific whaling’ in Antarctic http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/victory-whales-forum-votes-protect-world-court-ruling-against-japan%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98scientific-whaling%E2%80%99-anta <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 09/18/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="200" title="Victory for whales as forum votes to protect World Court ruling against Japan’s ‘scientific whaling’ in Antarctic" alt="Victory for whales as forum votes to protect World Court ruling against Japan’s " src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Baleen-whale_300px.jpg?1411044247" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>There was a major victory for whales on the final day of the 65<sup>th</sup> meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) today when the forum passed a key resolution to uphold the recent World Court ruling that Japan&rsquo;s &lsquo;scientific whaling&rsquo; in Antarctica was illegal and no further permits should be issued.</p> <p>Days of wrangling between pro and anti-whaling nations meant the resolution by New Zealand, which could have been passed by consensus, was pushed to a vote which went through 35-20 with five abstentions and one absence.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/victory-whales-forum-votes-protect-world-court-ruling-against-japan%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98scientific-whaling%E2%80%99-anta" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Whales Political advocacy Whales ICJ International Court of Justice International Whaling Commission IWC Japanese scientific whaling scientific whaling whales Whaling Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:44:24 +0000 adintino 101433 at http://www.ifaw.org Department of environmental affairs trying to remove protection for elephants http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/department-environmental-affairs-trying-remove-protection-elephants <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="201" title="Department of environmental affairs trying to remove protection for elephants" alt="Department of environmental affairs trying to remove protection for elephants" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/elephants_300px.jpg?1410874866" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>At a recent stakeholder meeting called by the Department of Environmental Affairs to discuss proposed amendments to the Elephant Norms and Standards it became apparent that the Department appears to be intending on removing all welfare based provisions relating to elephants.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/department-environmental-affairs-trying-remove-protection-elephants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Political advocacy Elephants African elephants elephants Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:45:28 +0000 adintino 101412 at http://www.ifaw.org Key conservation measure to increase protection for whales passed by vote at international whales forum http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/key-conservation-measure-increase-protection-whales-passed-vote-international-whales-forum <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="199" title="Key conservation measure to increase protection for whales passed by vote at international whales forum" alt="Key conservation measure to increase protection for whales passed by vote at int" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Southern%20_Right_Whale_300_2.jpg?1410873340" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>An important resolution to provide increased protection to whales around the world was passed despite pro-whaling countries opposing it and a vote being forced on the second day of the 65<sup>th</sup> International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia.</p> <p>The International Fund for Animal Welfare (<a href="http://www.ifaw.org">IFAW</a>) has strongly backed the resolution from the start and welcomed the result as a positive step for whales. The resolution aims to provide greater coherent global action for the world&rsquo;s 80+ marine cetacean species.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/key-conservation-measure-increase-protection-whales-passed-vote-international-whales-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Whales Political advocacy Whales International Whaling Commission IWC whales Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:23:45 +0000 adintino 101411 at http://www.ifaw.org World Elephant Day 2014 – Time for Celebration and Concern http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/world-elephant-day <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 08/12/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="140" height="105" title="Elephants in Amboseli" alt="Elephants in Amboseli" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Amboseli%20NP_140px_6.jpg?1407861606" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>It is early August 2014, and so far this year not a single week has passed without law enforcers seizing a consignment of ivory &ldquo;and those are the ones that are being reported,&rdquo; says the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).</p> <p>&ldquo;Every seizure of ivory represents the slaughter of elephants wherever they live, but mostly in Africa, in countries where poverty and political insecurity make it possible for poachers and trafficking cartels to operate unhindered,&rdquo; says Jason Bell, Director of the IFAW Elephant Programme.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/world-elephant-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Elephants Wildlife trade Political advocacy Elephants Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:42:31 +0000 smoos 101094 at http://www.ifaw.org WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/wto-rules-favour-european-union-seal-product-ban <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 05/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="201" title="WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban" alt="WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Seal%20Pelt_300_0.jpg?1400770754" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>IFAW &ndash; the International Fund for Animal Welfare &ndash; is delighted that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has largely upheld the European Union&rsquo;s ban on seal products. As in an earlier first instance ruling, the WTO found that moral considerations &mdash; including concerns about animal welfare &mdash; can justify trade restrictions. As a consequence only small adjustment will need to be made.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/wto-rules-favour-european-union-seal-product-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Political advocacy Seals EU ban on seal products seal products ban seals WTO Thu, 22 May 2014 15:10:04 +0000 adintino 100350 at http://www.ifaw.org