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Not a fan: Forest campaigners hit hard at Mandarin Oriental hotels
Anti-deforestation group Forest Heroes on Monday launched a hard-hitting campaign against luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental, accusing the company’s owners - Jardine Matheson Holdings - of deforestation, elephant habitat destruction, and community rights violations in Indonesia.
With slick visuals that juxtapose the hotel’s luxurious interiors with ravaged landscapes, the ‘She’s not a fan’ campaign spoofs the Mandarin Oriental’s own marketing initiative - which plays on its logo of a paper fan by profiling celebrities as fans of the hotel - to draw attention to the irresponsible practices in Indonesia’s palm oil industry.
* PETITION: Sign the Forest Heroes petition to Mandarin Oriental chairman Ben Keswick at shesnotafan.org/
Campaigners - who have been protesting this week outside Mandarin Oriental hotels in London, New York, and Jakarta dressed as elephants - point out that Jardine Matheson, which owns Mandarin Oriental, is also the parent company of Indonesian palm oil firm Astra Agro Lestari.
Jardine is Bermuda-incorporated and is listed on the London and Singapore stock exchanges.
The three companies also share a common figurehead: Mandarin’s chairman, Ben Keswick, is also the Managing Director of Jardines and Astra’s commissioner, which is a position on the company’s board of directors.
Astra is carrying out deforestation in the Indonesian provinces of West Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi, and its operations in Sampoiniet, Aceh, are destroying the habitat of the Sumatran elephant, said Forest Heroes.
Full story at www.eco-business.com/news/not-a-fan-forest-campaigners-hit-hard-at-mandarin-oriental-hotels/
#Indonesia #palmoil #forests
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Once again, Taiji shows it's determination to be on the wrong side of history and to spit in the face international opinion ...
'Dolphin-hunting Japanese town may start farming them on the side'
A Japanese town notorious for killing dolphins may set up a dolphin breeding farm after zoos and aquariums decided to stop buying their animals caught in the wild, but it has no plans to halt the controversial hunt, its mayor said on Thursday.
The western port town of Taiji, the location of an annual hunt featured in the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary "The Cove", may suffer a loss of income because of the Wednesday decision, which Japanese officials said came in response to foreign pressure.
The decision by Japan's zoos and aquariums came after the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums threatened Japan with expulsion unless it stopped buying dolphins from Taiji. That would have meant Japan might lose access to zoo animals such as elephants and giraffes from overseas.
In 2013, 1,239 dolphins were caught in the Taiji hunt, according to the Fisheries Agency. Most of them were killed for their meat but 172 were sold alive, mainly overseas, at a price of at least $8,200 each.
Mayor Kazutaka Sangen told reporters that the town was considering setting up a dolphin breeding centre by penning off a section of a cove, apparently with the aim of winning back customers who want to buy live animals.
"We plan to protect our fishermen, who have authority from both the nation and the local government," Sangen said, emphasising the tradition of the hunt.
"We believe it can become the world's main provider. I believe in 10 years our town will have changed its role in all this."
Despite the bid to develop the live-animal business, the hunt would still go on, he said.
"My justification is that the government recognises the catches and so does the prefecture," Sangen added. "There's absolutely nothing wrong."
#Japan #Taiji #dolphins #zoos
Image: Wild-caught dolphins held in captivity at Taiji whaling museum, Japan (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
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Namibia: Rhino horn smuggling ‘kingpin’ arrested
There has been a major breakthrough with the arrest of a Chinese man whom the police believe to be the kingpin in one of Namibia’s biggest rhino-horn smuggling cases.
Wang Huii was arrested on Monday at the Windhoek Country Club and has been charged with the possession and export of controlled wildlife products. He appeared in the Windhoek Regional Court in Katutura yesterday.
The 40-year-old Huii is being linked to the three Chinese men who were arrested with 14 rhino horns last year at the Hosea Kutaku International Airport.
At that time, Li Xiaoliang, Li Zhibing and Pu Xuexin were caught with 14 rhino horns worth more than N$2.3 million as well as a leopard skin valued at N$50,000 stashed in their luggage while they were on their way to Hong Kong via Johannesburg.
Last year, the three men gave evidence during their bail hearing that they would stay at the home of Huii in Otjiwarongo if they were released on bail. The bail request was denied. Their case was postponed for plea and trial until June 25.
Huii has been linked to this case and is also being investigated in connection with other poaching cases in Namibia.
Huii has apparently been travelling between China and Namibia regularly and when the investigating officers learnt that he was back in the country they tracked him down at the Country Club on Monday night where he was gambling. Huii is originally from Jang Su in China. He is currently staying in Otjiwarongo where he owns the Happy Life Import Export Company.
His case has been postponed until June 10 for the Prosecutor-General to decide on the course of the prosecution. He remains in custody.
Orben Sibeya appeared on behalf of Huii and Anthony Wilson appeared for the State.
#Namibia #Africa #China #rhino
Image: Wang Huii, left, via namibiansun.com ... See MoreSee Less
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