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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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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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21 hours ago ·
India: 78 tigers died in 2014, from poaching & natural causes
NEW DELHI: The number of tigers that died in 2014 has increased to 78, due to both poaching and natural reasons, parliament was informed on Tuesday.
In 2013, the number of cases of tiger death were 68 and in 2012 it was at 89, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
Strict vigil is maintained by the officials of state departments of forests and wildlife, the wildlife crime control bureau has been set up to ensure co-ordination among various states to control poaching and illegal trade in wildlife and its products.
"The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been empowered under the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 to apprehend and prosecute wildlife offenders," he said.
However, the Minister also informed that the number of elephants that died in 2013-14 has decreased to 63 from 91 in the last year, similarly rhinoceros died in 2013 have also come down to 91 from 142 in previous year.
The reasons of death of both these animals natural as well as poaching.
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1 day ago ·