In Defence of the Grind in Defiance of the EU

Eugene Lapointe accuses the EU of ignoring diplomatic protocol and resorting to cultural imperialism. He says it is exploiting the International Whaling Commission to force the Faroe Islands to abandon hunting cetaceans. But the Faroese islanders respect UN sustainability goals and are compliant with regional treaties that govern the responsible harvesting of whales. An extraordinarily undiplomatic… Continue reading In Defence of the Grind in Defiance of the EU

Namibia Professional Hunting Association’s annual address by Danene van der Westhuyzen

Many people would ask me why I hunt, or how I came to be a hunter. And usually I would tell of how I was brought up in Namibia, where hunting is second nature and part of our existence and our way of life. But to be honest, the answer is actually very simple. My… Continue reading Namibia Professional Hunting Association’s annual address by Danene van der Westhuyzen

What we learned from COP26

COP26 was the most hyped and hypocritical gathering ever of the political, business and NGO elites. Even Greta Thunberg’s fearmongering was eclipsed. UK prime minister Boris Johnson said it was ‘a one minute to midnight moment’ before a ‘detonation ended human life as we know it’. The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury said world leaders would be… Continue reading What we learned from COP26

IWMC World Conservation Trust Opening Statement

VSM/2109/OS/NGO/03 IWMC World Conservation Trust Opening Statement IWMC World Conservation Trust wishes to express its gratitude to the Chair of the Commission and its appreciation to the Secretary and her Staff for the effectiveness in arranging this Special Meeting under difficult circumstances. For centuries whaling has been an integral part of cultures all around the… Continue reading IWMC World Conservation Trust Opening Statement

Shoot to Kill: VICE Investigates the Kenya Wildlife Service

How do you read the allegations in the video?

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.