TURTLE CATASTROPHE UNFOLDS OFF CAPE YORK

Calls to save world’s largest green sea turtle rookery Queensland’s Department of Environment is calling for urgent action to save the world’s largest green sea turtle rookery at Raine Island off the tip of Cape York. It says there’s been a dramatic decline in nesting success rates in recent years and is working with traditional owners to prevent a catastrophic crash in turtle numbers. Sharnie Kim Source: AM | Duration: 3min 16sec TONY EASTLEY: Most people have never heard of … More…

JAPAN BACKS DOWN OVER SELLING WHALE MEAT AS DOG FOOD

Japanese firm stops selling endangered whale pet treats Michinoku Farm had been advertising jerky-like snacks for dogs made from North Atlantic fin whales at risk of extinction Justin McCurry in Tokyo guardian.co.uk, Thursday 30 May 2013 19.30 AEST Icelandic whalers cut up a fin whale on board a boat owned by Hvalur, which exports the meat to Japan. Photograph: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty Images A Japanese firm has stopped selling luxury pet food made from endangered fin whales, following a campaign by … More…

REWARD OFFERED FOR WALLABY KILLER(S) BYRON BAY

Reward for wallaby killers’ arrest Published On: Wed, May 29th, 2013 Byron Shire / Local News | By Admin Dominic Feain Australians for Animals have offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the brutal decapitation of a wallaby at Byron Bay last weekend. And the Animal Law Network have also asked anyone with any information to contact them. The headless body of the slaughtered wallaby was found by walkers along the lighthouse path … More…

ICELAND TO KILL 184 ENDANGERED FIN WHALES FOR DOG MEAT

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THE AUSTRALIAN  27th May, 2013 Iceland is to resume commercial whaling next month, killing up to 184 endangered Fin whales over the coming northern summer partly to supply a burgeoning Japanese market in LUXURY DOG SNACKS. Kristian Loftsson, the millionaire entrepreneur who owns two whaling vessels dating back to the 950s, said they would head out to sea again next month after a refurbishment. Much of the meat from the creatures, which are second only to the blue whale in … More…

LOGGING IN NSW NATIONAL PARKS ? NO END TO MADNESS

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SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – Logging looms in national parks Date May 13, 2013 393 reading now Comments 85 Vote Sean Nicholls Sydney Morning Herald State Political Editor EXCLUSIVE Contentious: A parliamentary inquiry has recommended logging in national parks. Photo: Steven Siewert Logging would be allowed in NSW national parks and a freeze imposed on the declaration of new conservation areas under recommendations of a state parliamentary inquiry. An upper house committee into land use chaired by the Shooters and Fishers … More…

HUMPBACKS AT RISK AS ATTEMPTS TO DELIST

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Ceaseless Pressure on Whales – The New York Times By The Editorial Board Since 1986, when the International Whaling Commission imposed a moratorium on whaling, there has been a steady resurgence in whale populations. The recovery of several species pushed to the brink of extinction by commercial whaling is a reminder of the resilience of nature. Even so, there is a nearly constant push to ease the restrictions that have protected the whales and, in some cases, to resume hunting. … More…

QUEENSLAND OPENS UP WHALE WATCHING FREE FOR ALL

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Whale watching laws change in southern Qld By Bruce Atkinson and Frances Adcock Posted Fri May 10, 2013 8:56am AEST Photo: The Qld Government has amended legislation by lifting bans on commercial whale watching in waters off the Sunshine and Gold coasts. (Reuters – file photo) Map: Southport 4215 Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell says new whale watching laws reduce restrictions on commercial operators in the state’s south-east. The State Government has amended legislation by lifting bans on commercial whale … More…

GRAY WHALE MAGIC IN SAN IGNACIO LAGUNA, BAJA MEXICO

Hard to believe, but these are the same whales which the International Whaling Commission grants each year a quota of 140 Gray whales to the Russian Federation.    These friendly whales who are unique in their willingness to trust humanity, are chased by Russian whalers for up to seven hours and there’s documented statements in IWC records indicating up to 60 rounds of ammunition are fired into the whales. What is really incredible is that the Gray Whales know the difference … More…

FRASER ISLAND DINGOES – A BLOODY DISGRACE PREMIER NEWMAN

GLADSTONE OBSERVER Campaigner says Fraser Island dingoes are still starving Comments (6) » 3rd May 2013 8:26 AM The sight of this dingo sparked concern from Fraser Island visitors and residents. Contributed THE sight of a thin dingo at Hook Point on Fraser Island has caused distress among residents and tourists, according to a dingo campaigner. But Fraser Island area manager Ross Belcher said the sight of a thin juvenile dingo was quite normal during the dingo mating season, between … More…