Wildlife advocates expressed bitter disappointment today at the refusal of international conglomerate SoftBank Corp to ban advertisements for elephant ivory and whale & dolphin products on Yahoo! Japan, the dominant company in SoftBank’s internet division with revenues of nearly US$4 billion in 2012
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and the Iruka & Kujira [Dolphin & Whale] Action Network (IKAN) welcome a Japanese company’s decision to stop selling pet treats made from endangered fin whales
Although the use of Japanese-caught whale and dolphin meat in pet food in Japan has been well documented, the discovery that Japanese pet food company Michinoku Farms is now producing dog snacks using meat from endangered North Atlantic fin whales, killed by the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf, is alarming
Animal welfare and conservation groups are advising major seafood buyers attending the 2013 European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe Convention in Brussels to be aware that there are whalers in their midst, and that the seafood they are considering purchasing may be “tainted by the blood of whales”
In a joint press release with the Wildlife Protection Society of India and Freeland we explain that the recent CITES meeting in Bangkok did not go far enough to tackle poaching of elephants, tigers and rhinos by continuing to allow domestic and international trade of wildlife products which drives illegal activity.
We urge supporters worldwide to demand an end to the intimidation of an indigenous community in Indonesia and the destruction of its forests by plantation firms. Two companies are clearing forests and farmland belonging to the Dayak Benuaq of Muara Tae while the community is being intimidated by armed police