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EIA super-supporter Iain sets his sights on Everest
EIA super-supporter Iain Tenquist is at it again, but this time he’s scaling new heights!
Today Iain heads off to Nepal with sons Will and George to climb to Everest Base Camp. Everest is the highest mountain in the world, so this is no mean feat and even climbing to Base Camp requires months of rigorous training.
From Kathmandu, the trio will fly to Lukla where the 13-day trek will begin, climbing to an altitude of 5,500m. Acclimatising to prevent altitude sickness will be just one of the challenges they face as the trek is also very strenuous and means that Iain, George and Will could be walking for up to six hours a day at high altitude – definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Read today's blog in full at eia-international.org/eia-super-supporter-iain-sets-sights-everest
Support the trio's efforts by donating at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/iain-tenquist10
#Everest #Nepal #fundraising
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20 hours ago ·
IWC66: NGOs call for whaling moratorium to become permanent
As the International Whaling Commission (IWC) began its biennial meeting on Thursday, conservationists said its temporary ban on commercial whaling has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of whales. Therefore, they ask, why not make it permanent and focus on other growing threats for their survival?
The UK-based IWC, which has 89 member countries, is marking 30 years since the implementation of its moratorium on commercial whaling, as well as its own 70th birthday.
* Want to know what's happening at #IWC66? eia-international.org/human-threats-whales-dolphins-iwcs-agenda
As its biennial meeting opened in Slovenia, one persistent source of concern was the effects of a loophole in the moratorium on commercial whaling, which allows for whaling for scientific purposes or for aboriginal subsistence.
Japan, along with Iceland and Norway, are singled out for flouting the moratorium and for trying to use the loopholes to justify their continuing whale hunts and subsequent sale of whale meat for human or animal consumption.
Tokyo even ignored an International Court of Justice ruling in 2014 that the Japanese annual Antarctic whale hunt was commercial, and not for science as claimed.
The hunt resumed in late 2015 and more than 300 Minke whales were killed.
“As many people know, the ban has never been fully implemented," Clare Perry, oceans campaign leader for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EI-A), a UK-based NGO. " We want the meeting in Slovenia … to recognise the ban on whaling has been an enormous conservation success and it should be a permanent ban.”
Read in full at en.rfi.fr/environment/20161020-whaling-moratorium-success-should-herald-permanent-ban-say-ngos
#IWC66 #Japan #Iceland #Norway #whales #porposies #dolphins
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20 hours ago ·
USA: Trophy ban a major step forward for lion conservation in Africa
From Dan Ashe, Director of US Fish & Wildlife Service:
Earlier this year, we protected lions under the Endangered Species Act, giving us the responsibility to regulate the import of live lions, lion trophies and other parts and derivatives through our permitting system. These new permitting requirements also give countries with lion populations – especially if they want to continue to host U.S. hunters – a powerful new incentive to work with us to implement sustainable, scientifically sound management strategies.
Today, I’m proud to announce decisions regulating the import of sport-hunted lion trophies under the ESA from South Africa – home to many of the remaining wild lion populations. These decisions will help build and sustain community support for lion conservation, while also taking steps to halt the exploitation of these incredible animals.
Beginning today, the United States will not allow the import of lion trophies taken from captive lion populations in South Africa. While U.S. law has not prohibited such imports in the past, the protections now afforded to lions by the ESA do not allow us to issue import permits.
In order to permit the import of lion trophies under the ESA, exporting nations like South Africa must provide clear evidence showing a demonstrable conservation benefit to the long-term survival of the species in the wild. In the case of lions taken from captive populations in South Africa, that burden of proof has not been met.
Read in full at www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5808f6ffe4b099c434319294
#Africa #SouthAfrica #lions #hunting #cannedhunting
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21 hours ago ·