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Cooperation vital to combating wildlife crime, says UN Assembly President
The President of the United Nations General Assembly called today [March 4] for a coordinated international response to the trafficking of wildlife that took aim at the both the supply and demand side of poaching and the illegal trade in animals.
“We need to strengthen our commitment and enhance cooperation among Member States, the United Nations system, NGOs and civil society to curb wildlife crime,” said Sam Kutesa (Uganda) as the Assembly commemorated World Wildlife Day. “We should do more to promote adequate national legislation, improve intelligence sharing and border controls, strengthen global, regional and national enforcement, improve capabilities to combat poaching and illegal trafficking, among other initiatives.”
Mr. Kutesa underlined the impact that illegal trafficking, pointing to its effects on the resource base of local communities and entire nations, undermining human welfare, legitimate business and government institutions.
“It also compromises efforts towards sustainable development and poverty eradication,” he said ...
Those comments were echoed by Jan Eliasson, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, who also made remarks at the event to commemorate the Day.
“There is growing evidence of the increased involvement in this illicit and insidious trade by organized crime networks and non-State armed groups,” he said. “Illegal wildlife trade has become a mushrooming transnational form of crime, following in the footsteps of other pernicious examples, such as trafficking in human beings, in drugs and in counterfeit items.”
Mr. Eliasson said the issue was a grave economic, social and security challenge and concern, and pointed to the threat it posed to all three pillars of the UN – peace and security, sustainable development and human rights.
Full story at www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50240&Cr=animal&Cr1=#.VPhEtnvX69s
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2 hours ago ·
New footage of dolphin hunts in Taiji’s notorious cove
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EIA investigators have just returned from Japan where their activities included documenting the killing and live capture of dolphins in Taiji’s notorious cove.
In the same region, they also looked into commercial sales of the dolphin meat derived from the kills through local supermarkets and obtained a number of samples to test for contamination with mercury.
Many Japanese citizens are unaware of the risks to human health of consuming cetacean meat, which is often contaminated with toxins at considerably higher levels than those officially recommended by the Japanese Government.
One aspect of EIA’s Oceans Campaign in Japan – alongside successfully persuading supermarket chains and such leading internet marketplaces as Amazon Japan, Google and Rakuten to stop selling all whale and dolphin products – is our work to make consumers aware of the human health risks as a means to driving down demand.
You can learn more about our work on this issue in the report 'Toxic Catch: Japan’s unsustainable and irresponsible whale, dolphin and porpoise hunts', available to read and download at eia-international.org/reports/toxic-catch-japans-unsustainable-and-irresponsible-whale-dolphin-an....
Clare Perry, Head of EIA’s Oceans Campaign, said: “The conservation and welfare needs of wild dolphin populations in Japan are being entirely ignored in order to supply the captive dolphin industry and a limited demand for dolphin meat as a food source. Neither trade has any place in modern society.”
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3 hours ago ·
Neil Gaiman on Douglas Adams & the immortality of stories
Celebrated author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman last night (March 3) delivered the 13th Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture to a rapt audience at London’s historic Royal Geographical Society.
The author of the ground-breaking comic The Sandman, Neverwhere, Coraline, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and, most recently, Trigger Warning spoke of the timeless nature of stories in general and Adams’ work in particular in his lecture entitled On Immortality and Douglas.
Gaiman’s talk wove together a blend of fables, history and humour with personal anecdotes of his friendship and work with Adams ...
The lecture is held annually in honour of Adams who, as well as being the beloved creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, was a dedicated spokesman for conservation until his death in 2001 at the age of 49.
The proceeds of the event are shared between the two charities closest to Adams’ heart – Save the Rhino International, of which he was a founder patron, and EIA.
Read the full story at eia-international.org/neil-gaiman-on-douglas-adams-the-immortality-of-stories
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23 hours ago ·