Asian Countries Score Another Victory Over Marine Animals

Critter News

Delegates to the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) conference in Qatar voted down three of four proposals to protect sharks. This really sucks. According to the New York Times. China, by far the world’s largest consumer of the cartilaginous fish, for sharkfin soup, and Japan, which has battled to keep the convention from being extended to any marine species, led the opposition.

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Finless Shark Found in the Phillipines

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Ironically, this was just after a conference on saving sharks held in the Phillipines. Eleven of them signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) pledging to protect the whale sharks. The participants also agreed to advance the protection of seven shark species that needed protection—the Basking Shark, Great White Shark, Whale Shark, Spiny Dogfish Shark, Porbeagle Shark, and Shortfin and Longfin Mako Sharks.

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Christian Science Monitor Calls for Endangered Species Hour

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It's in response to the pathetic CITES conference which basically screwed marine animal protection. The Christian Science Monitor rightly points out that citizens and consumers need to get involved in endangered species protection, because at the CITES level, it's all about money and international politics. But jobs that depend on harvesting endangered species will quickly disappear if those species are not protected. "Earth Hour" was held yesterday.

Happy 50th Anniversary Jane Goodall Institute

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Hundreds of lecture tours and conferences. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. Today is a milestone for the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and its founder, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: In his past comments about protecting animals and nature, Pope Benedict XVI is building upon the Roman Catholic Church’s tradition of promoting faithful stewardship of all creatures (“ A Cat Lover in the Vatican Strikes a Chord With Cat Lovers Around the World ,” news article, April 20). The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic catechism affirm that compassion for animals is a matter of human dignity.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Philadelphia, PA Find out how you can become an active participant in national efforts to protect farm animals from abuse at this one-day conference. Hi Keith, Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Forum will be here before we know it! Would you be interested in helping us promote this event by posting the notice below? Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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