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Why This Matters: Given that this is the second year of the cessation of Iceland’s commercial whaling, it might just be doomed. Whale watching is much more popular and economically important to Iceland than hunting, and the two activities are fundamentally inconsistent. The World Wildlife Fund reports that Japan, Iceland, and Norway — the three countries that hunted the most until recently — have killed over 30,000 whales since the moratorium was established. Japan recently announced it would no longer whale on the high seas and will do only a minimal amount of coastal whaling. OK Norway — it’s your turn to stop now.
Why This Matters: COVID-19 detecting dogs could be immensely helpful in rooting out the disease in places where it might otherwise be hard to detect, such as sporting events, airports to find the virus on surfaces, and border crossings, and places where early detection is important, like nursing homes and retirement communities, and by helping to screen people within the medical care sector who test positive so as to avoid unnecessary quarantines for those who have been exposed.
By Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare It’s often said that dogs are man’s best friend. This common phrase may seem simple to most, but it holds a very important lesson: animals are important to human wellbeing. IFAW’s newest report, Animals are Key to Human Development: A Guidebook for Incorporating Conservation […]
Park Rangers at National Parks that have been closed for many weeks have observed things they had never seen before. For example, pronghorn antelope in the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley National Park, and at Yosemite, with traffic a distant memory, deer, bobcats, and black bears have made their way into Yosemite Valley and are […]
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