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Australia: Gov't to release controversial footage of Japan's whaling
Australia's Information Commissioner has decided that the government should release controversial footage of Japanese whaling, after years of lobbying by the Environmental Defenders Office NSW, the Humane Society International and Sea Shepherd.
Back in 2008, as part of Australia’s whaling case against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Australian Customs vessel Oceanic Viking filmed Japan’s whaling fleet chasing, harpooning and killing whales inside the Australian whale sanctuary off the Antarctic coast. This was during the Rudd/Gillard Labor government, and the evidence obtained was used in the ICJ case that led to the ruling on March 31, 2014, that Japan’s whaling program was not scientific.
* International Court Of Justice Rules Japan’s Scientific Whaling Must End - ht.ly/Hn8h30c2cCw
* Japan’s latest whaling plan is denounced as unscientific - ht.ly/eHnu30c2cJe
Australians have every right to see the 2008 public tax funded, customs whaling footage, says Sea Shepherd in a statement. The lobby groups first sought access to the footage in March 2012. Over the past five years, the Australian Government has refused access on the basis that release of the footage would harm its relations with Japan, despite challenging Japan’s whaling program in the International Court of Justice.
The Information Commissioner has found that such an argument cannot be sustained and ordered the release of the footage. The Australian Government has 28 days to appeal the decision. If there is no appeal the footage will be released.
Read in full at maritime-executive.com/article/australia-to-release-whaling-footage
#Australia #Japan #whales #whaling #fakescience EDO NSW (Environmental Defenders Office NSW) Humane Society International Sea Shepherd Global
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14 hours ago ·
Namibia flouts CITES elephant export laws
Namibia’s environmental authorities confirm that they have issued the necessary CITES (Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species) export permit for the sale of five wild elephant calves by Eden Game Farm in the Grootfontein district to a zoo in Dubai.
Namibia’s elephants are listed on CITES Appendix ll, with a restrictive annotation which limits the sale of live elephants to in situ conservation projects.
“By sanctioning this sale they are undermining this agreement. The proposed transfer to a zoo in Dubai clearly fails to respect this restriction, so it would appear that such a sale would be in breach of the annotation, and therefore might fall foul of international rules,” says a letter addressed to the CITES Secretariat by elephant expert, Michele Pickover.
According to Namibia’s environmental department the elephant export is allowed under CITES, regulations as long as the trade doesn’t threaten the long term survival of the species and will not be primarily for commercial purposes.
But elephant specialists disagree: “With their elephant population listed under CITES Appendix II, their attempt to possibly exploit the text stipulated by the annotation and restrictions regarding live trade of elephants under this listing is unacceptable and must be challenged,” says Humane Society International’s Audrey Delsink.
Full story at travel.iafrica.com/bulletinboard/1050116.html
#Namibia #Africa #elephants #Dubai #zoos CITES Humane Society International
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16 hours ago ·
Australia: Great Barrier Reef 2050 plan no longer achievable due to climate change, experts say
The central aim of the government’s plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef is no longer achievable due to the dramatic impacts of climate change, experts have told the government’s advisory committees for the plan.
Environmental lawyers said the revelation could mean the Great Barrier Reef might finally be listed as a “world heritage site in danger”, a move the federal and Queensland governments have strenuously fought.
The federal and Queensland government’s Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan was released in 2015, with it’s central vision to “ensure the Great Barrier Reef continues to improve on its outstanding universal values”. The plan was created to satisfy the Unesco World Heritage Centre, which was considering adding the Great Barrier Reef to its list of world heritage sites in danger, that its condition could be improved.
But in a meeting of the Reef 2050 advisory committee, whose role is to provide advice to state and federal environment ministers on implementing the plan, two experts from government science agencies said improving the natural heritage values of the reef was no longer possible.
With climate change causing unprecedented back-to-back mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, killing almost half of the coral, and with the risk of those events set to increase in the coming years, loss of coral cover and biodiversity was virtually assured.
Read in full at www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/25/great-barrier-reef-2050-plan-no-longer-achievable-due...
#Australia #climate #oceans #climatechange #globalwarming #reefs #coral
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16 hours ago ·