Proposal to legalise whaling discussed this week

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Jun 23 2010

Representatives from many of the 88 member governments which comprise the IWC are due to consider a controversial compromise proposal which includes legalising commercial whaling for the first time since the ban came into place in 1986.

The proposal, three years in the making, would:

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Rare clouded leopards released back to the wild for first time in India

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May 5 2010
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The radio-collars will help rehabilitators track the movement of the cubs as they become completely independent of human care and begin exploring on their own.  

An extremely shy, nocturnal and tree-dwelling species found in India’s northeast region, the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is in peril today with only about 10,000 remaining in the wild. The clouded leopard is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and is classified ‘vulnerable’ in IUCN Red List of threatened species.

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Controversial whaling proposal fails

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Jun 23 2010

Patrick Ramage, Director of IFAW’s Global Whale Campaign, said: “Under a cloud of corruption allegations the IWC is taking a safe course, opting for a cooling off period that protects the moratorium and other IWC conservation measures. Had it been done here, this deal would have lived in infamy.”

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Freddie the Fox and friends urge party leaders to protect hunting ban

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Apr 26 2010
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Freddie the Fox, along with his friends Harriet Hare and Stan Stag, will be outside the venue for the leaders’ debate in the city to remind members of the public and politicians to safeguard the Hunting Act and ensure no return to cruelty.

Freddie Fox can be spotted at events by all three of the main parties in the run-up to the General Election.

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Painted elephant symbolises threat to species with message ‘Will Only Words Remain?’

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Apr 30 2010
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The 1.5metre-high, fibreglass elephant, sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), is one of more than 250 elephant sculptures designed by artists and celebrities which will appear at locations around London on Monday (3) and remain on display for several weeks. IFAW’s elephant is being displayed in Green Park.

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Sealers in Canada take aim at last surviving harp seal pups as Newfoundland seal hunt opens

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Apr 8 2010

Today, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is set to observe hunting activity off the coast of Newfoundland in the latest stage of this year’s Canadian commercial seal hunt.

Twenty-three sealing vessels from Newfoundland and Labrador have set out in search of concentrations of seal pups on whatever ice is still available.

Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW, said: “In the southern Gulf of St Lawrence we witnessed harp seal pups struggling to survive on beaches, some dead, others starving.

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First phase of Canadian seal hunt a wash out as single boat leaves port

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Mar 29 2010

The vessel is reportedly heading to the Northern Gulf – the only area where seals have been observed in the Gulf – to kill the few animals that have managed to survive what has been a disastrous year for harp seal pups.

“After spending the past week watching the few tenacious seal pup survivors clinging to life, it is heartbreaking to realise that they may now be killed,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW. “On the other hand, I am encouraged that only one boat has decided to go seal killing so far this year.”

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Climate change catastrophe - worst ice year on record leads to harp seals’ demise

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With the opening of Canada’s cruel annual commercial seal hunt imminent, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) reports that the Gulf of St Lawrence, the annual birthing ground of hundreds of thousands of harp seals, is essentially devoid of both ice and seals.

Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW, said: “The conditions this year are disastrous for seal pups. I’ve surveyed this region for nine years and have never seen anything like this.

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Official data states Iceland is defying international regulations to illegally export whale meat to the European Union

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Mar 18 2010

Data from Statistics Iceland, the source for official Icelandic government statistics, show a number of recent exports of whale products from Iceland to the three countries. Exports to Denmark and Latvia are contrary to EU law, even if the products are re-exported. International trade in whale products is banned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Exports to Latvia have been confirmed by the Latvian authorities, which have promised a full investigation, which is welcomed by IFAW.

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Mar 18 2010

«Сейчас осталось около 20 000 - 25 000 белых медведей, Стороны конвенции СИТЕС проигнорировали последние нау

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