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A week for whales – EIA is at the 65th IWC meeting

This year has been a landmark for whales with the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Japan’s ‘Scientific’ Permit Antarctic whaling programme JARPA II, was “not for the purposes of scientific research”. For one season, whales in the southern hemisphere will have a brief respite from Japanese hunts. However, the Japanese Government […]

Govts & retailers must act to halt Iceland’s whale slaughter

Governments and retailers must act to halt Iceland’s slaughter of endangered fin whales   LONDON: A new report today calls for the international community and vested commercial interests to take tough action to end Iceland’s ongoing slaughter of endangered fin whales. Slayed in Iceland: The commercial hunting and international trade in endangered fin whales has […]

A new rhino poaching remedy to trigger alarm bells?

The announcement by South Africa Environment Minister Edna Molewa earlier this week that up to 500 rhino could be relocated from the world famous Kruger National Park to protect them from poachers was undermined by the revelation that the bulk of the animals would go to private game reserves. Investigative journalism site Oxpeckers stated: “SANParks […]

China needs new laws to tackle illegal logging

. The Chinese have a saying about drinking poison to quench a thirst, “yin zhen zhi ke”, used to warn against hasty remedies with consequences worse than the problem itself. A recently proposed method of tackling illegal logging is just such a case – it will in fact exacerbate the issue. China is one of […]

World Elephant Day – time for global action beyond words

A message from EIA Executive Director Mary Rice on World Elephant Day:   Today is World Elephant Day and around the globe actions and events are taking place to mark the occasion. While it reassuring that the plight of elephants remains in the public consciousness, the rate of poaching and illegal trade still remains high, […]

Japan whale sales feel the pressure of Rakuten’s ban

Japanese businesses trading in cetacean products are feeling the pinch in the wake of Rakuten’s decision to end whale and dolphin meat sales following EIA’s Blood e-Commerce exposé. Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce marketplace with an increasing international reach, announced an end to whale and dolphin meat sales via Rakuten Ichiba in April after the launch […]

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