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Court at The Hague rules against Japan – revokes its whaling permits

  • March 31st, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Whaling GreenpeaceThe International Court of Justice at The Hague has ruled emphatically against Japan, and in favour of Australia, in their dispute over whaling in the Antarctic region.

The court found Japan was in violation of obligations under the international Whaling Convention , by taking large numbers of whales for commercial use, on a justification that this was for scientific purposes.

The panel of judges determined 12 to 4, that Japan’s whaling permits are to be revoked and no new ones are to be issued to it; the decision binding, no appeals to be permitted.

New Zealand was joined in the case on Australia’s side. … Read More »

London gathering against the wildlife trade: Final war?

  • February 19th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Wildlife 9The London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade fired the first shots, 13.2.14, in what is being announced as a stepped-up, and desperate new campaign to save world wildlife from heavy, increasing, and terminal poaching.

It named and confronted Asian markets for the trivialised use of  objects from animals that have now become precious and almost unimaginably expensive – as status symbols, and ingredients for obscure special foods. … Read More »

Substitution Fraud: Horsemeat Lasagna?

  • February 18th, 2013
  • Posted by EUEditor

lasagna.jpgEuropean authorities are actively studying a uniform testing regime to prevent meat substitution, after the discovery of horsemeat being sold as beef in thirteen or more countries. … Read More »

Russian Roo Trade – Bouncing Back

  • December 8th, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

kangaroos-fredoniaedu2.jpegRussian inspectors are reported to have cleared the way to re-start the trade in kangaroo meat suspended in 2009. … Read More »

Economic Miracle – Bad Omen For Animals …

  • November 26th, 2012
  • Posted by 7thmin

shark-white-tip.jpegThe European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to tighten its laws against shark-finning for the Asian trade – cutting off the fins of sharks while alive, and dumping the rest of the body in the sea.
bears-wspa.jpg  tiger-wwf2.jpg  rhinoceros.jpg  edlephants-wwf.jpg The incident renews attention to a by-product of the “Asian Century”: exponential economic growth in China and other countries of its region has put up incomes, and exacerbated demand for very rare, often bizarre animal products.

It has conservation agencies very alarmed about threats, to extinction, of species including sharks, tigers and elephants, as well as issues of gross cruelty — as in the case of caged bears. … Read More »

Black Caviar: She Did It – Just

  • June 24th, 2012
  • Posted by EUEditor

black-caviar-ascot.jpgThe champion Australian mare Black Caviar has won the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in England, 23.6.12, by a nose – sealing 22 wins out of 22 starts.

Some of the more enthusiastic commentators called it the racing version of the “America’s Cup moment” for Australia, recalling the 1983 yachting victory that ended over 130 years of US supremacy in that field. … Read More »

Melbourne Cup = Euro Cup 2011

  • November 2nd, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

eu-flagg-eu.jpg“The international take-over of the Melbourne Cup is complete after the first seven across the line yesterday were international horses”, said one commentator, echoing almost all. … Read More »

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