aDear Prime Minister, Nahas Angula and the good people of Namibia, The largest slaughter of wildlife mammals in Africa is now being slaughtered by Namibians in Namibia. The least human populated country on earth. Namibia's seal hunt is the second largest
More than 200.000 Signatures!!! We still need your help. We have been ordered to remain in custody for ten more days without charge. Please encourage your friends to send an email to the Japanese government, if they have not already.
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STANFORD, CALIFORNIA -- It's not just about climate change anymore. Besides loading the atmosphere with heat-trapping greenhouse gases, human emissions of carbon dioxide have also begun to alter the chemistry of the ocean--often called the cradle of l...
<p>Five Makah Indian whalers who killed a gray whale in an illegal hunt last September were sentenced Monday in federal court. The sentences include jail time for two men considered the leaders of the group.</p>
<p>Namibian Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Abraham Iyambo has lied to the Prime Minister, Namibians and World Media, and is threatening the survival of an already endangered listed Cape fur Seal species.</p>
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of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States (HSU, and Ocean
Conservancy filed new litigation to force the National Marine Fisheries
Service to require ships to slow down in certain areas to avoid fatal
collisions with critically
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society officially announced plans to return to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to once again oppose illegal Japanese whaling activities. Sea Shepherd is represented at the IWC by Captain Paul Watson, Founder and President of
ENVIRONMENT Minister Peter Garrett has come under fire from the opposition and Greenpeace for failing to make a dent in Japan's scientific whaling program at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual conference
Legalize Whaling (a Little), Some Conservationists Say June 27, 2008 10:16 AM
Could a little legalized commercial whale hunting actually help save the animals? That's one idea floating around this year's meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Santiago, Chile.
The still unofficial proposal involves backing off a 22-year-old moratorium that bans all but a small amount of whaling for scientific and sustenance purposes.
Some problems with the ban as it stands include Iceland and Norway openly defying it to kill several hundred whales a year and Japan's liberal and allegedly dishonest use of "science" to justify its annual hunt of up to a thousand whales.
If these countries are permitted to whale a little, the idea's proponents argue, then their hunts can be monitored and the effects of these hunts better understood.
"It would resume our science-based methods for determining how many whales can be safely harvested from a particular population," said Andrew Read, a marine conservation biologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Read has served on the IWC's scientific committee for more than a decade. He notes that any member country can already issue itself a permit to take as many whales as it wants for "scientific" research, as Japan does.
Susan Lieberman is the director of the World Wildlife Fund's global species program. She said whaling itself does not help conservation, but a compromise that ended unregulated killing would be worth considering.
"I think governments have an obligation to try to see if they can bridge the gap here," she said.
may not be too many fish in the sea, to paraphrase the old song, but
there are certainly a lot. Scientists don't have a good idea of just
how many fish--or crustacean, sponge, squid, plankton, and even
mammal--species there are in the ocean, but they
opponents of whaling agree to seek an arrangement with countries who
still hunt, Richard Black at the International Whaling Commission
meeting in Chile reflects on our relationship with whales and with
nature in general.
the third day of the annual meeting of the International Whaling
Commission's (IWC) opened, conservation organizations including the
International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) expressed concern
that the sixtieth annual meeting is focusing
Fifteen people were arrested by police at a meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), held this year in Santiago, Chile. The protesters were supposedly trying to 'storm' the meeting but other reports state that the mere presence of people in
The debate has degenerated into accusations and finger pointing. Australia and Japan have gone head to head over Japan's so called scientific whaling with Australia describing it as irrelevant and a smokescreen for commercial whaling.
The on-going 60th conference of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) saw some hope of breaking the stalemate on Wednesday as proponents and opponents of more whaling reached a consensus on reconciling their differences.
Whaling body agrees path to peace June 25, 2008 5:23 AM
The global body responsible for whales and whaling has opened the door to the eventual partial lifting of the commercial whaling ban.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) adopted a reform path aimed at finding compromise between pro- and anti-hunting countries.
Delegates at the Commission's annual meeting in Chile agreed the current impasse should not continue.
Governments will try to agree a package of measures by next year's IWC meeting.
To secure the agreement of whaling nations, it is likely that the essential ingredients of that package will have to include the partial resumption of commercial hunting, perhaps limited to coastal waters.
Some conservation groups approve of the endeavour because they believe it could lead to a reduction in the total number of whales killed each year, and greater regulation of hunting.
Moves to reform the organisation have been led by IWC chairman, William Hogarth.
"It has to work," he told delegates.
"We are the premium body set up for the conservation of whales, and we have to step up to the plate."
Australia and Japan disagree on whaling but agree on much else
But while better conservation of whales is the prime aim of Dr Hogarth's country, the US, others including Norway, Iceland and Japan will be looking for recognition that sustainable whaling is legitimate.
Japan has played a prominent part in preliminary discussions over the past year, and is fully behind the reform initiative.
Officials say nothing is ruled out as part of a final package, even the possible end to its annual Antarctic hunt which is conducted under a clause permitting hunting for scientific purposes.
"We wish to see the end of special permit (scientific) whaling," said New Zealand's conservation minister Steve Chadwick.
"The commission has taken a big step forward by setting up this diplomatic process, but it will not be easy; the path ahead is formidable.
"Ninety-two percent of New Zealanders oppose commercial whaling - that is a political reality."
The task facing Ms Chadwick's government and others in the anti-whaling camp is to strike a deal that they can sell to their publics while also being acceptable to Japan - and to Norway, which hunts as many whales as Japan each year and which probably has more to lose from a change to the status quo.
Just about the only note of discord so far in this usually fractious meeting has come over subsistence hunting in Greenland.
Nations such as Japan are permitted to hunt whales for scientific purposes
The Arctic state has asked to add humpback whales to its annual hunt, which already includes minkes, fins and bowheads.
Greenland is still a territory of Denmark, which speaks for it in the IWC.
But Denmark is also a member of the EU. And for the first time this year, EU states attending the IWC are supposed to agree a unified position on key issues before debates begin.
Some, notably the UK, were ferociously opposed to the humpback quota.
They considered that Greenland had not offered meaningful evidence that its people needed the extra meat - a condition for the awarding of subsistence licenses - and were concerned by a recent report from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), showing that about 25% of the meat from the existing hunt was sold through supermarkets.
At a meeting on Monday night the EU agreed to oppose the quotas. Danish delegates walked out in protest; and without EU backing, the application is almost certain to fail.
New rules set by the chairman at this year's International Whaling Commission (IWC) have angered some people and puzzled others. But there is some hope that a new era of cooperation may occur. The rules include no votes, no resolutions, and at least 12
Whaling Commission puts off contentious issues; committee will try to overcome differences June 24, 2008 2:40 PM
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) Members of the International Whaling Commission say they have put off the most controversial issues on their agenda because of a deadlock between pro- and anti-whaling nations.
The commission says it will name a working group to overcome the differences. Its report will probably come next year.
Commission President William Hogarth says the agreement is ''a step forward.''
Tuesday's agreement follows bickering between whaling countries such as Japan and critics such as Australia. Japan favors limited commercial whaling while some other nations want an outright ban on whale kills.
The argument that increasing whale populations are behind declining fish stocks is completely without scientific foundation, leading researchers and conservation organizations said today as the 60th International Whaling Commission opened.
New rules set by the chairman at the IWC meeting have angered some people and puzzled others but there's some hope that a new era of cooperation may occur. The rules include no votes, no resolutions and at least 12 months until the debate will be resolved
Proceedings of the 60th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission, held in Santiago at the kind invitation of the Government of Chile, began today with speeches of welcome by Alejandro Foxley, the Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ana L
haunting song of the world's biggest animal, the blue whale, is getting
deeper, researchers have discovered. Underwater recordings of the giant
endangered mammals have revealed that the tone of their rhythmic pulses
and moans has become steadily lower
2008. The Centre for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit seeking
to force the U.S. Coast Guard to comply with the Endangered Species Act
and protect endangered whales from ship traffic off the coast of
Everett (J-18) was found washed up in Canada around 18 months ago. The first Orca to have been found dead where scientists could do a necropsy and proved PCB's were what killed him. Recently his skelton was lifted from the ocean floor. See story for more
International Whaling Commission members will consider a proposal to create a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary that will extend across the South Atlantic, from the coast of South America to the coast of Africa, and on down towards Antarctica. Sign NOW!
thousands of bloody, hemorrhaging fish recently turned up on the Lake
Michigan shore south of Milwaukee, it confirmed the worst fears of
scientists worried that an Ebola-like virus stalking Great Lakes fish
would strike closer to Chicago.
2000, University of Maine graduate student Amanda Leland began a
seemingly straightforward restoration project. She transported 24,000
young sea urchins, which are native to the Gulf of Maine, to an area
where overharvesting had caused them to
don't know how many there are or whether they are migratory, and its
reproductive habits are obscure. There are even disputes about its size
but it can grow reputedly to 60 feet long and weigh as much as 40
Greens call for immediate action on whaling June 17, 2008 12:41 AM
Tuesday 17th June
The Senate today passed a second motion supporting international
legal action on whaling.
"The Senate passed my motion urging the
Government to immediately commence preparations for legal action to stop the
slaughter of our whale population" said Senator Rachel Siewert, spokesperson
on marine issues.
"We call on the Government to immediately prepare
international legal action on this matter."
There is also very strong
public support for the Australian Government to take international legal
action to try and stop the Japanese whaling program (87%), in fact they
believe the Government should take action even if it means compromising our
relationship with Japan (91%).
"Australians clearly want their Government
to stop the slaughter, and hopefully this motion will spur them into action,"
In February 2008 The government of Nova Scotia permitted Fishermen to enter upon Hay Island, part of the Scatarie Island Protected Wilderness Area in Cape Breton to slaughter 2.500 gray sealpups on their nursery grounds.
Embattled whale meat shipments. Dissenting government ministers. Presidential statements. Council caucuses. Congressional resolutions. Weeks before the start of the 60th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Santiago
The Save Taiji Dolphins Campaign along with Sea Shepherd and many other organizations are joining forces to urge Japanese authorities to end the slaughter of dolphins and small whales. Individuals interested in bringing the public's attention to this atro
After decades without a single survivor having been sighted, authorities on Friday declared the Caribbean monk seal extinct. The Associated Press reports: Humans hunting the docile creatures for research, food and blubber left the population
A school wants to oppose and collect signatures for the harp seals,let's help them get their signatures.They want to send the petition to Harpseal.org and they will send it to the right target in Canada !!! SIGN PEOPLE !!!
French Site Each year, and this year still, of the hundreds of thousands of seals (nearly 300.000 per 2008) are cut down wildly for the trade of the fur, oils, etc the killers of seals use a hakapik. This fatal weapon of about 1m50 length has a curved na
This is a pretty interesting article in Newsweek on the various politics surrounding who gets listed and who doesn't. With all the obvious changes in pollution, habitat loss and climate shifts it is pretty obvious there is some inbalance here.