IWMC’s Opinion published in the Straits Times Forum

Shoot to Kill: VICE Investigates the Kenya Wildlife Service

How do you read the allegations in the video?

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

The value of “interrupting the supply chain” for wildlife products is not necessarily positive from the perspective of conservation.

Indigenous whalers bring joy to beleaguered islanders

International Whaling Commission. Whale's capture draws excited crowds on Bequia in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

When are tens of tonnes of humpback whale meat most welcome? After a volcano erupts, then rainfall turns ash slurry into mudslides, destroying crops, cutting electricity and water connections, closing airports and ports, forcing 20 000 of a country’s 100 000 population from their homes, that’s when. On 9th April La Soufriere volcano on St… Continue reading Indigenous whalers bring joy to beleaguered islanders

The Dawn of the New Whaling

A minke whale caught in Japanese coastal waters as part of Japan’s research program is hauled ashore at Kushiro port in Hokkaido. KYODO/NEWSCOM

Towards the Sustainable Use of Aquatic Living Resources Prologue On 1 July 2019, five small-type whaling vessels left the port of Kushiro and one factory-ship whaling fleet left the port of Shimonoseki. It was the resumption of commercial whaling after the suspension for practically 32 years. In the case of the small-type whaling operating mostly… Continue reading The Dawn of the New Whaling

PRECIOUS CORAL SUSTAINABILITY

Report on the Transplantation Project of Precious Corals in Japan SUMMARY In response to growing evidence of the effects of climate change and to address the increasing demand for better management of the harvesting and conservation of precious corals around the world, this report takes a look at efforts being made in respect of precious… Continue reading PRECIOUS CORAL SUSTAINABILITY

Franz Weber Foundation

From 1990 until 2015, Franz Weber Foundation (FFW) managed the Fazao-Malfakassa National Park in Togo, which was, according to an in-depth investigation by Duke University, ‘established by forcing the local communities off their land and without taking into consideration their point of view’. That same study cited convincing evidence from reports published in 1990, confirming that competition for land use was already ‘creating conflict between the local communities and park managers’. In 2015, Togo refused to renew FFW’s contract because, the report says, ‘local communities were still excluded from the management of the natural resources of their land’ and FFW had ‘failed to fulfil its contract’. Franz Weber Foundation plays a major role within CITES because it funds and manages from Switzerland the African Elephant Coalition (AEC), which represents 32 African range states, some of which have barely any elephants and others none at all. Contrary to the wishes of the range states in Southern Africa, which manage most of the world’s wild elephant populations, the AEC at CITES’ CoPs repeatedly tables proposals to put all of the world’s elephants in appendix I. And the AEC uses its voting power to keep in place prohibitions on ivory sales and all other trade in elephant-related derivatives, including skins and hair, which Southern African nations wish to legalise.

The science of Seaspiracy

Screengrab from Seaspiracy.

Originally published in Sustainable Fisheries. Author Emily De Sousa The talk of the ocean world is Seaspiracy, a Netflix Original film produced by the same team responsible for Cowspiracy and What the Health. Like those two previous films, Seaspiracy is full of misinformation and has been panned by actual experts. Others have already addressed the racist and xenophobic undertones of the… Continue reading The science of Seaspiracy

The “Cow and the Plow” versus Wildlife conservation in Africa.

By Tony Marsh. Toronto, Canada. Although living in Canada, I was born and raised in Africa and have travelled extensively all over that continent. Africa is very much part of who I am and I go back frequently , almost exclusively to the “wild places” that I find so good for my soul. The continent… Continue reading The “Cow and the Plow” versus Wildlife conservation in Africa.

David Suzuki Got It Wrong: Mink Farming Makes Sense

By Matt Moses, president, Canada. Originally published on Mink Breeders Association. The following letter was first published by Powell River Peak in response to the January 30 article “David Suzuki and scientists call on government to end fur farming in Canada”. David Suzuki styles himself as an environmentalist, so it issurprising he recently sent a… Continue reading David Suzuki Got It Wrong: Mink Farming Makes Sense