RSPO finally agrees oil palm plantation’s legality needs investigation – but complaints remain hidden with insignificant progress
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has confirmed it is seeking an independent legal review of an oil palm plantation in Papua, Indonesia, following ongoing complaints that it operated illegally in the past.
However, this and multiple other RSPO complaints remain effectively ‘hidden’ and progress to resolve them is slow ...
Campaigners “Don’t Buy” whaler’s effort to distance Icelandic seafood giant from fin whaling
BRUSSELS: The Don’t Buy From Icelandic Whalers campaign, an alliance of 14 conservation and animal protection groups has reacted with dismay to the news that Icelandic whaling company Hvalur will resume fin whaling and with skepticism to the news that Hvalur has abruptly sold its shares in seafood giant HB Grandi to Brim, another major Icelandic seafood company, on the eve of a major fishing industry exposition.
The sell-off coincides with Hvalur’s announcement that it plans to resume hunting endangered fin whales this summer, following a two-year hiatus. As many as 239 fin whales could be killed. It also comes just days before the 2018 Seafood Expo Global event in Brussels, where major seafood purchasing agreements are signed ...
Madagascar: Stench leads to home crawling with stolen tortoises—10,000 of them
Soary Randrianjafizanaka set out with police, colleagues, and others earlier this month to investigate a rancid smell coming from a two-story house in Toliara, a town on the southwestern coast of Madagascar.
She arrived at a scene unlike any she’d seen before in her role as a regional head of Madagascar’s environmental agency: thousands of tortoises of varying sizes covering the floors, jammed up against one another with no room to move.
... In total the house contained 9,888 live radiated tortoises, a rare species found only in Madagascar—and 180 dead ones.