Tag: Animal Welfare

PM’s Presser: Saudi Sheep Scandal still Labour’s Fault.

Article – Francis Cook The Prime Minister today conceded he had gotten the numbers wrong about refugee intake on a radio interview this morning. Mr Key said there would be talks about raising the number but insisted that the cost runs up to $58m annually to settle refugees … PM’s Presser: Saudi Sheep Scandal still Labour’s Fault. Story, images and video by Francis Cook The Prime Minister today conceded he had gotten the numbers wrong about refugee intake on a radio interview this morning. Mr Key said there would be talks about raising the number but insisted that the cost runs up to $58m annually to settle refugees under our current quota. He said New Zealand is ranked 6th in the OECD for its refugee quota. UNHCR figures show New Zealand is 90th in the world in the total number of refugees we host per capita. Click for big version When asked about the recent floods, he said it was uncertain whether climate change was causing more extreme weather and the Government was not considering raising emergency protocols because of the costs to local councils. The funding provided from the Government would be for short term “fix-it” work. The costs of the floods, he expects, will run into the millions. Key also discussed the Saudi sheep scandal. He held fast to his insistence that the recently released papers from...

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Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking

Press Release – U.S. Department of State Recognizing that wildlife trafficking is an urgent conservation and national security threat, the Departments of State, Justice, and the Interior today unveiled the Implementation Plan for the U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking . The agencies …Presidential Task Force Releases Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 11, 2015 Recognizing that wildlife trafficking is an urgent conservation and national security threat, the Departments of State, Justice, and the Interior today unveiled the Implementation Plan for the U.S. National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. The agencies are Co-Chairs of the President’s Task Force on Combating Wildlife Trafficking, which comprises 17 federal agencies and offices. The Implementation Plan builds upon the Strategy, which was issued by President Obama on February 11, 2014, and reaffirms our Nation’s commitment to work in partnership with governments, local communities, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to stem the illegal trade in wildlife. Incorporating recommendations from the Secretary of the Interior’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, this framework will guide and direct new and ongoing efforts of the Task Force in executing the Strategy. Building upon the Strategy’s three objectives – strengthening enforcement, reducing demand for illegally traded wildlife, and expanding international cooperation – the Implementation Plan lays out next steps, identifies lead and participating agencies...

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Accelerating Over the Cliff in our Latest Roadster

Article – Paul Martin The Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change earlier this year noted if action is not taken soon the resultant 2C increase in global temperatures will have severe, and irreversible impacts on human habitation and economic activity. Accelerating Over the Cliff in our Latest Roadster: and never mind the road-kill! by Paul Martin November 24, 2014 The Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change earlier this year noted if action is not taken “soon’ the resultant 2C increase in global temperatures will have ‘severe’, and ‘irreversible” impacts on human habitation and economic activity. Governments, in their desperation to feed the “god of growth” are increasingly making more and bigger foolish decisions that undermine our sustainability as a species on this planet. Take for instance, the ever-increasing taxpayer dollars pouring into oil and gas explorations, or the actions of corporate-resourced governments such as the UK or New Zealand, with their intent to emasculate regulations that protect the environment against corporate interests. Or the potential horrendous environmental impacts of international agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The “god of growth” must be fed, regardless of the consequences to our planet and the species who inhabit it. While climate change gets all the press these days in the media; it should be noted that climate change is just one of a multitude of impacts of homo sapiens’ drive for “progress’...

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