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Latest EIA blog: Seafood Expo Global – a good place to tackle Icelandic whaling
It may seem a bit odd to attend the world’s largest seafood trade event as part of our quest to bring an end to Iceland’s whaling and exports of whale meat. However, the 2015 Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global in Brussels last week provided a very useful opportunity to meet Icelanders in the fish business and discuss whaling and its damaging impact on Iceland’s reputation ...
The Don’t Buy From Icelandic Whalers Coalition, of which EIA is a member, placed ads in the online Brussels Times and Fish News last week which called on buyers not to purchase fish from companies associated with Icelandic whaling and a press release issued on the opening day of the Expo is being picked up by industry publications and the Icelandic media, focusing even more attention on Icelandic whaling.
Icelandic companies involved in the fishing industry had a very high profile at the Expo, providing us with a great opportunity to talk to people in the business about the fin whaling carried out by Kristján Loftsson and its impact on Iceland’s reputation. There was a lot of eye-rolling and several said Loftsson does whatever he wants regardless; with regard to the very high cost of exporting fin whale meat to Japan, some said he did not care if it was not cost-effective – he just wants to do it and the Icelandic Government lets him.
* Learn more about Iceland's whaling in the EIA report Slayed in Iceland at eia-international.org/reports/slayed-in-iceland-the-commercial-hunting-and-international-trade-in...
Loftsson is Chairman of the Board of Icelandic seafood giant HB Grandi and a major shareholder. EIA documented fin whales being processed at the HB Grandi facility last summer, confirming the active and ongoing link to his whaling company Hvalur ...
A lot is being done in Iceland to ensure sustainable fisheries and reduce environmental damage but the dark cloud of whaling mars its reputation and threatens its businesses.
We will continue to put pressure on the Icelandic seafood industry and the Government until such time as Iceland puts an end to the slaughter of endangered fin whales and minke whales.
Read today's blog by Director Jennifer Lonsdale in full at eia-international.org/seafood-expo-global-a-good-place-to-tackle-icelandic-whaling
#Iceland #whales #whaling #seafood
Image: Fin whale processed at Miòsandur whaling station, Hvalfjördur, Iceland (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
2 hours ago ·
Indonesia: Two more Sumatran elephants found dead in Aceh
Two critically endangered Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) were found dead this month in Indonesia's Aceh province, just the latest casualties for a species that has been brought into increasing conflict with humans amid the country's oil palm boom.
First, on April 13 in Kareung Hampa village, West Aceh regency, a bull elephant was found with its tusks missing and trunk severed about 150 meters from an oil palm estate belonging to Agro Sinergi Nusantara. It was thought to have perished a week earlier.
An autopsy revealed a bullet hole in the elephant's head, likely the work of poachers in search of ivory, according to Genman Suhefti Hasibuan, the head of Aceh's Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) ...
Then, on April 20 in Seumah Jaya village, East Aceh regency, residents alerted the authorities when they saw an injured elephant hobbling near their fields. Its right leg had been injured in a snare trap ... The creature perished shortly thereafter.
Since 2012, around 200 Sumatran elephants have died out of a population of 1,700, according to the Indonesia Elephant Forum (FGI). Aceh alone has seen 36 casualties.
Environmentalists cited weak law enforcement as a major culprit.
Read the full story on Mongabay.com at news.mongabay.com/2015/0427-jacobson-two-more-sumatran-elephants-dead-aceh.html
#Indonesia #Aceh #elephants #palmoil #ivory
Image: Bull elephant found dead in West Aceh, Indonesia, on April 13, 2015. Its tusks were missing and trunk severed (c) Khaidar ... See MoreSee Less
4 hours ago ·
Latest from our colleagues at EIA US ...
'Austrian company exposed offering bonuses for illegal Romanian timber'
BUCHAREST—The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has released a new video exposing the leadership of the largest forest products company in Romania, the Austrian-based Holzindustrie Schweighofer, willingly and knowingly accepting illegally harvested timber and incentivizing additional cutting through a bonus system.
This evidence comes as Schweighofer has been identified in Romanian media as playing a central role in efforts to stop a new forest law from being approved by the Romanian Government. The forest law is currently under debate in the Romanian parliament.
In the video, undercover EIA investigators posed as foreign investors who had acquired the rights to cut a specified amount of timber on land owned by communities in Romania. Speaking to Romanian and Austrian Schweighofer officials, the investigators stated multiple times they intended to cut more than was permitted under contract and they needed assurances from Schweighofer that the company would accept the wood. On all occasions, Schweighofer officials confirmed they would buy the wood and further offered a bonus for any additional wood delivered.
On March 23, 2015, the President of Romania sent the proposed forest law back to the parliament for amendment and debate. Soon after, Romanian media released a leaked letter from the CEO of Schweighofer to the Romanian Prime Minister demanding the proposed law be amended, threatening consequences to trade relations between Austria and Romania if not.
Another leaked letter from the Austrian Embassy in Bucharest demanded the Romanian government meet with Schweighofer to reach an agreement on the proposed forest law. One provision of particular concern limits any one company from utilizing more than 30 percent of a given species of wood in Romania.
“Romania is in the middle of a critical effort to combat the illegal exploitation of its amazing, unique forests,” said Alexander von Bismarck, Executive Director of the EIA U.S. office. “This fight against illegal logging in Romania cannot be won if powerful companies like Schweighofer knowingly buy, and offer bonuses for, illegal wood.”
Read today's press release in full at eia-global.org/news-media/austrian-company-exposed
#Romania #Austria #forests #timber ... See MoreSee Less
1 day ago ·