Keep Seal Trade Ban in European Union
In a hearing with the World Trade Organization expected to take place in mid February 2013, Canada and Norway will challenge the European Union Seal Trade Ban.
Canada and Norway continue to dismiss the concern and outrage of millions of Europeans as well as their right to reject products which are the result of animal suffering, as it is inherently impossible to kill seals in a humane manner.
The collective outcry of millions of European citizens brought the cruel trade in commercial seal products in the European Union (EU) to a shuddering stop in August 2010 with landmark legislation.
Ask to World Trade Organization to confirm that countries are entitled to introduce trade restrictions and trade bans on the basis of "public morality” and “animal welfare”.
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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is reportedly branding (i.e., burning!) sea lions so that officials can tell which animals are eating protected salmon. Once identified, the sea lions will be gunned down!
Nearby residents have reportedly observed men herding these gentle animals into traps only to burn their flesh repeatedly with a blazing-hot iron. Billows of smoke have allegedly been seen rising into the air during these assaults, and victims have been described as "[lying] on the docks trembling"—an indication of extreme stress or pain.
Every year, the Canadian government allows sealers to shoot and bash in the heads of baby seals. Sealers then hook the seals in the eye, cheek, or mouth and drag them across the ice in order to avoid damaging their delicate fur.
Many of the seals have not even eaten their first solid
meal or taken their first swim before they are killed.
President Obama's proposed budget for 2014 eliminates the only federal grant support for marine mammal stranding response.
The John H. Prescott Stranding Grant Program is a very small part of the overall U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) budget -- but it has a HUGE impact on the ability of the many stranding response organizations - like IFAW -- to do their lifesaving work.
Our team of six biologists and a veterinarian, as well as over 200 trained volunteers, work tirelessly to respond to stranded dolphins, whales, porpoises and seals.
The clock is ticking on what’s likely our last chance to weigh in on the Keystone XL Pipeline before the President makes his decision.
Experts are saying that it’s “game over” for the climate if the plan moves forward. And Exxon’s recent pipeline spill in Arkansas highlights just how underprepared oil companies are to respond to inevitable pipeline failures.
The stakes for the State Department’s public comment period couldn’t be higher. We must send a clear message to the Obama administration that Americans oppose this dangerous project.
The comment period is ending soon and time is running out. Click here to submit your comment telling President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.
In Namibia, South Africa, every year on July 1st, 80,000 Cape Fur Seals pups are scheduled to be slaughtered, by being beaten to death and shot.
The Namibian hunt is considered the most brutal of all seal hunts since it is the only country in the world that allows for nursing pups to be slaughtered, many skinned while still alive. The Namibian seal “cull” has become the largest slaughter of marine mammals on earth since the EU and Russia have banned Canadian seal products.
They are killed for their fur, oil, penises. Their genitals will be exported to the East where they are used to make ineffective sex potions for the Asian Market. The annual slaughter continues, even though they are listed on Appendix II of the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
Cape Fur Seals are a threatened species. They have suffered massive habitat loss and several mass die offs and should not be subjected to this annual slaughter. We ask the Namibia to stop the slaughter of Cape Fur Seals.
Big Oil may not be drilling for oil in America’s Arctic Ocean this summer, but it is still threatening the region’s wildlife.
Marine mammals—such as bearded and ringed seals, beluga whales, and the endangered bowhead whale—depend on sound to communicate, find food, and avoid prey. Oil exploration activities fill the ocean with loud noise that can interfere with these basic functions. Seismic surveying, for example, uses air-guns to detect oil beneath the sea-floor. The blasts—loud enough to cause deafness—occur day and night for months, and cover vast areas of the ocean.
The federal government is proposing moving forward with loud and risky oil exploration methods even though it has not completed an assessment of the cumulative impacts on Arctic marine mammals.
Iceland Hunting Fin Whales After a two-year hiatus, Iceland has resumed its illegal slaughter of endangered fin whales this month -- and plans to kill up to 184 of them this year alone. Despite diplomatic sanctions imposed by the U.S., Iceland also continues to slaughter minke whales and to export whale meat and products to Japan. NRDC is calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to step up the pressure by targeting Icelandic companies with ties to the whaling industry for tough economic sanctions. Make your voice heard!
Toxic chemicals and sharp declines in salmon have left the orcas that live in the waters of Puget Sound teetering on the edge of extinction—today, fewer than 90 whales remain.
Now Big Coal is planning to bring massive amounts of coal through the Northwest, which would pollute the waters and salmon that orcas depend on with toxic coal dust and soot.
Keep toxic coal pollution out of endangered orcas' waters by signing the petition opposing these disastrous projects.
Thousands of whales and dolphins in the Atlantic could soon be subjected to loud seismic airgun blasts, shot over and over again for months on end. We’ll need YOUR HELP to stop it.
Right now, we are gathering signatures from members of Congress on a letter to the president asking him to stop these deadly plans. We want to make sure he hears the message, so we’re asking YOU to sign on as well to let him know how important it is that these plans are stopped.
The shark fin trade is a chief cause of the decline in shark populations worldwide, which is why states have passed bans and Congress has passed the Shark Conservation Act.
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Target: U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs and U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Scott H. Swift
Goal: Protect the fragile Great Barrier Reef ecosystem
On July 16, 2013 – the second day of a joint Australia-U.S. training exercise called Talisman Saber – four unarmed bombs were dropped over the Great Barrier Reef when two fighter jets launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard ran out of fuel. According to recent article in National Geographic, the U.S. Navy is considering retrieving the ordnances, saying they will look into retracting them if the Australian government and park services “determine that they want those recovered.” Lamented as the “the last thing the reef needs” by World Wildlife Fund-Australia’s Richard Leck, the Talisman Saber events necessitate a more detailed investigation, prompt extraction of the ordnances, and ultimately, the end to such destructive naval exercises on the reef.
The jettison of the 4 bombs represents only the most recent of numerous threats to the barrier reef – the largest structure on Earth built by living organisms and home to myriad species of marine plant and animal life.
The Clean Water Act is under attack once again. This time the culprits are Kentucky regulators who are trying to rewrite the rules so the coal mining industry can dump even more toxic selenium pollution in our waterways.
Fortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can stop them.
Everything bigger than river herring and shad loves to eat them, including fish, birds, and marine mammals. Even the Continental Army gobbled them on its way to winning the American Revolution. They have been harvested in unsustainable amounts, and human alterations to their breeding grounds like dams in rivers, have reduced their population to historic lows.
Atlantic coast states have invested in expensive habitat restoration projects to bring back shad and river herring, but industrial trawler fishing boats that target sea herring and mackerel continue to reduce the population. New rules are needed to protect these essential fish when they get to the ocean.
Shad and river herring can only come back with strong federal conservation and management measures in place. These measures include increased monitoring and reporting, establishment of science-based limits on the amount of fish that can be caught at sea, accountability rules, and better habitat protection.
There are places on the ocean floor that are just as vibrant—and just as precious—as a rainforest. They are full of corals, sponges, rocky reefs and underwater canyons that provide homes to millions of creatures. And these precious habitats are at risk of being scraped away by bottom trawls.
Atlantic bluefin tuna are one of the ocean’s most impressive predators. Weighing as much as 1,500 pounds, these giants can still accelerate faster than a sports car. But they haven’t been able to outswim commercial fishing pressure.
Unfortunately, bluefin tuna are being harmed by Atlantic longline vessels that snag the fish while trying to catch swordfish and other tuna species. Bluefin cannot withstand this assault. Their numbers are so low that they have been considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The waste is not limited to bluefin tuna. Pelagic longlines injure and kill high numbers of billfish, sharks, sea turtles, whales, and other animals every year in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. This doesn’t have to happen. Better types of fishing gear are now available to target swordfish, and prohibitions on fishing in ecologically critical areas are a proven method to protect multiple species from fishing impacts.