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1,500+ tonnes of endangered whale meat shipped to Japan
JOHANNESBURG: A coalition of conservation and animal protection organisations confirmed today that more than 1,500 tonnes of products from endangered Icelandic fin whales were shipped to Japan in July 2016.
The discovery comes just prior to the 17th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which starts in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 24.
The organisations – which include the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), OceanCare, Pro-Wildlife, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)– tracked the transport vessel Winter Bay from Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, through Russia’s Northern Sea Route and on to Osaka, Japan on the suspicion it was carrying whale products from the Hvalur whaling company.
Trade database Hagstofa (Iceland‘s statistics agency) and a media report in Iceland finally confirmed the shipment, which arrived in Osaka on September 9. The Winter Bay transported over 1,800 tonnes of fin whale products from Iceland to Japan, via the same route, in 2015.
“Athough fin whales were spared from cruel slaughter in 2016, Hvalur and its director, Kristján Loftsson, are emptying their warehouse of fin whale products, presumably to resume the killing in 2017,” said Clare Perry, Head of EIA’s Oceans Campaign.
“There‘s no excuse for Iceland to continue to slaughter whales in violation of the 30-year-old commercial whaling moratorium agreed to by the International Whaling Commission. The international community must now step in and tell Mr Loftsson enough is enough – fin whaling ends now.”
Read today's joint press release in full at eia-international.org/conservation-groups-confirm-shipment-of-1500-tonnes-of-endangered-fin-whale...
#Iceland #Norway #Japan #whales #CoP17 CITES
Image: Icelandic fin whale meat on sale in Japan (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
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New York: $4.5M of illegal elephant tusks seized in midtown store
The biggest ever elephant tusk seizure in New York State has snared three Midtown antique dealers, according to the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.
Investigators recovered more than $4.5 million in ivory from Metropolitan Fine Arts & Antiques at 10 W. 57th St. It was taken from more than a dozen endangered African elephants.
The ivory included two pairs of un-carved tusks standing between 5 and 7 feet tall, officials said Thursday.
“The conduct alleged in this case is abhorrent,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in a statement.
“As the international elephant population hovers near extinction, too many ivory traders continue to profit from the slaughter of these beautiful, defenseless animals.
"My office and our DEC partners will do everything we can locally to protect this endangered species and end this moral, ecological and geopolitical crisis.”
The three brothers who own the store, Irving Morano, 46, Samuel Morano, 48, and Victor Zilberman, 62, were charged with felony illegal commercialization of wildlife after being indicted in New York State Supreme Court.
Full story at www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20160922/midtown/metropolitan-fine-arts-antiques-elephant-tusks-ivory-se...
#USA #NewYork #Manhattan #elephants #ivory
Image: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announces the arrest of Midtown merchants who he said sold illegal ivory, Thursday (c) Manhattan District Attorney's Office ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago ·