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TAF - The Animal Fund. Newsletter #2
December 2016
Dear TAF supporters and friends,

Welcome to the second TAF newsletter, keeping you informed about what is happening to our environment, the ocean and its marine life, as well as how we are working to protect and save it!

We would like to give special thanks to our volunteers and those who have supported us this 2016 as the year draws to a close.
 
Christmas is approaching and we are celebrating festivities early at our dinner on the 7th December and hope to see many of you there.
 
Many plans and events to look forward to for 2017 and we hope you can continue to support us in our mission!
 
Please tell your friends about TAF and check our website and the latest news on our Facebook page.

Thank you so much for your support.
TAF – The Animal Fund
info@theanimalfund.net 

 
Content:
  • News - some also posted on TAF's Facebook
  • Achievements and Future projects
  • Videos
  • Take action
NEWS
Illegal Slaughter of Whales and Dolphins
Five Vietnamese fishermen gleefully posed alongside the dolphin aboard their fishing boat before beheading and slaughtering the helpless animal.
What is wrong with the society's connection to animals? whether is it killing, torturing and capturing dolphins in Taiji, Peru, Norway, Faroe Islands and other places like here?
We all love dolphins and know about their intelligence, kindness, playfulness and importance to humans so why does this cruelty still exist and why does no law protect theses incredible beautiful mammals?... Is it still all about money, greed or for 'amusement'?

Japan to target more endangered Sei whales in North Pacific for ‘science’.

Japan has submitted to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) its proposal for another 12 years of ‘research’ whaling in the North Pacific, after its previous programme ended last year.

This, to be clear, is in addition to the ‘scientific’ whaling they do in the Antarctic. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the world’s highest court, ruled in 2014 that their plan to kill whales there was illegal and must stop, and the government submitted a new plan after taking one season off from whaling.

TAIJI hunting and killing continues to massacre hundreds of dolphins in a brutal manner.

The slaughtering of dolphins, is a million dollar business!

Fishermen round up thousands of dolphins a year to sell to marine parks and to sell as meat. The slaughter turns the cover red with blood. The selling of dolphins as meat was banned in 2015 by the Japanese Association of Zoos but the hunt continues this year as before.

The slaughter of Pilot whales continue in the Faroe Islands.
50 pilot whales recorded as slaughtered November 7th in the Faroe Islands. This was the 5th mass hunt of the season, with a total of 305 Pilot whales killed so far.
For more information please see TAF's report and film after visit in April 2016

Captivity

How an aquarium without whales can teach us about them.

An aquarium in Hawaii says it's more than possible to teach the public about whales and dolphins without having to keep them in captivity.

The sudden death of two beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium have reignited the debate of whether whales and dolphins should be kept in captivity.

Sea World Employees Rewarded For Turning a Blind Eye To Animal Abuse.

It’s terrible how many marine parks and trainers are still involved in the wild capture of marine animals, even though reaction to movies like Blackfish and The Cove show the general public clearly don’t agree with it.

Perhaps the most shocking thing is that the peak body for trainers in the United States, IMATA, still actually allows their trainers to be involved in the Taiji dolphin hunts.
This is one of the most controversial wild capture operations in the world, yet IMATA gives its trainers permission to participate and select dolphins for sale to marine parks.
For many young people, a job at a marine park is an all-access pass to touch and play with animals. It’s a reward every young child wants - until they learn the truth.

Beluga whale deaths in Vancouver prompt call to end captivity.
The deaths have fuelled calls by animal rights activists to make keeping marine animals in captivity illegal.

The Vancouver Humane Society said the aquarium is on the ''wrong side of history'' by continuing to keep marine animals in captivity.

''There's no way the aquarium can replicate their natural environment,'' humane society spokesperson Peter Fricker told the BBC.

Public opinion regarding whale captivity has turned, Mr Fricker said, since the documentary Blackfish, which was highly critical of the sea park industry.

TripAdvisor to Stop Selling Tickets to Many Animal Attractions.

TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel websites, and its booking service, Viator, will no longer sell tickets to hundreds of attractions where travelers come into contact with wild animals or endangered species held in captivity, the company announced Tuesday.

The attractions include elephant rides, swimming-with-dolphin experiences and the petting of endangered species like tigers.

 

Human impacts on the Ocean and its Marine life

David Attenborough: humanity must come to its senses or face environmental disaster.

The BBC broadcaster and naturalist fears for the planet after seeing the global population treble during his career – but firmly believes that the world can still could come together to avoid catastrophe.
“I am apprehensive but I still don’t think we ought to despair. If we can get together we can find solutions to a lot of the problems we face, particularly with energy production. Within ten years it could be absolutely possible to produce energy directly from the sun and the tides and the wind at – and this is the key thing – a price which undercuts the oil and the coal. And that can be done.”

Could ‘whale poo diplomacy’ help bring an end to whaling?

There is growing scientific evidence that whale faeces are a crucial source of micronutrients for plankton.
Phytoplankton is the base of the marine food chain, and plays an important role in the global carbon cycle by removing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through photosynthesis.
Whale poo is released at the surface where it can act as a fertiliser to promote phytoplankton growth in the ocean’s sunlit top layers. Therefore, whales are part of a positive feedback loop that helps sustain marine food chains.

Coral die-off in Great Barrier Reef reaches record levels.

Bleaching has killed more than two-thirds of corals in some areas.

Tourists planning a visit to northern portions of the Great Barrier Reef should be prepared for some sad sights. On average, two-thirds of the nearshore coral in the mostly pristine area north of Port Douglas, Australia, has been pronounced dead by scientists who have surveyed the reef. It’s the largest coral die-off ever recorded in Great Barrier Reef history.
Water temperatures off Australia rose to levels dangerous to corals starting in 2014 as a result of global warming and El Niño. In response, the corals began expelling the symbiotic algae that provide them with food, causing what is known as bleaching

World's largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica.

Delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world's largest marine protected area (MPA).
Some 1.57m sq km (600,000 sq miles) of the Southern Ocean will gain protection from commercial fishing for 35 years.

Environmentalists have welcomed the move to protect what's said to be the Earth's most pristine marine ecosystem. They hope it will be the first of many such zones in international waters.

Adidas Shoes Made From Ocean Plastic Are Finally Here

In 2017, the brand aims to produce 1 million pairs of the sneakers from more than 11 million plastic bottles. Eventually, Adidas strives to eliminate virgin plastic from its supply chain altogether and hopes to expand its plastic cultivation to much more of its product line.

US Military Plans to Dump 20,000 Tons of Heavy Metals and Explosives Into the Oceans.

The US Navy has been conducting war-game exercises in US waters for decades, and in the process, it has left behind tons of bombs, heavy metals, missiles, sonar buoys, high explosives and depleted uranium munitions that are extremely harmful to both humans and marine life.

Truthout recently reported that the Navy has admitted to releasing chemicals into the oceans that are known to injure infants' brains, as well as having left large amounts of depleted uranium in US coastal waters. Now, the Navy's own documents reveal that it also plans to use 20,000 tons of heavy metals, plastics and other highly toxic compounds over the next two decades in the oceans where it conducts its war games.

Big oil v orcas: Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales on the brink.

Conservationists say the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion project poses the greatest risk yet to a killer whale population on the edge of extinctions.
The proposal – which still needs the approval of the federal government, led by Justin Trudeau – would expand an existing pipeline to lay nearly 1,000km of new pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver’s coastline. Oil tanker and barge traffic in the region would soar nearly sevenfold, to as many as 408 tankers a year.

Massive overfishing is not only emptying our sea but killing us

CAN THE DOLPHIN SAFE LABEL BE TRUSTED?

Most people think that the existence of a Dolphin Safe label means that no dolphins were harmed when the tuna were caught. In truth, the label only means that one particular fishing method was not used in one particular part of the ocean! Read TAF's report on website

ACHIEVEMENTS AND FUTURE PROJECTS

TAF - The Animal Fund was launched on December 10th, 2015. Aspiring to inform and educate about the ocean and sea life's deterioration and seeking to end dolphin and whale captivity and slaughter, the association has accomplished numerous achievements since then:

  • Grown to reach 123 members as of December 1st 2016;
  • 5 general members’ meetings and some specific manager/ambassador meetings, with enthusiastic and fruitful discussions (February, April, June, September and November 2016);
  • Set up 3 Special Interest Groups: 'Cosmetics', 'Plastic' and 'Overfishing' with written report published on webpage;
  • Connected and shared information with important co-workers/associations;
  • Provided marketing materials (clothing, caps, bags, mugs, pens etc.) available for stands and to be purchased;
  • Given 5 presentations in schools and organizations;
  • Taken part in 6 press conferences and featured in several articles in local magazines;
  • Published a Marineland report (Antibes, France) aiming to raise awareness and end captivity;
  • Visited the Faroe Islands, followed by a report and film; 
  • Attended with a promotional stand the Schengen World Peace Foundation Conference in Luxembourg;
  • Visited and reported on an aquarium in Denmark upholding captive harbor porpoises for educational purposes;
  • Daily updates of TAF’s website (i.e. mobile site, translations, improvements) and Facebook page with vibrant and informative news;
  • Implementing interesting and informative newsletters;
  • Created awareness in schools via various projects
  • Attended with a promotional stand the World Championship in Rowing in Monaco;
  • Published a report and film on the protected Estero Bay in Florida;
  • Organised public beach clean, Florida;
  • Brewery visit for future connection with our plastic group;
  • TAF attended La Nuit des Associations 10 years celebration and received a medal;
  • Joined whale meditation to raise awareness of these magnificent creatures and their importance for humans;​
  • TAF presented at ISN winterfete with a promotional stand.
VIDEOS

If you have a spare moment over the winter months, please watch the following interesting videos:
TAF has a collection of t-shirts, mugs, pens, bags and caps; if you like to order please email: info@theanimalfund.net   Thank YOU!
TAKE ACTION
We would like to thank our volunteer and members for their great help and support, some are listed on our homepage as advisor or ambassador. Without volunteer, it would be impossible to proceed with our mission to protect and save the dolphins and the whales.
 
TAF's next meeting will be held wednedsday 11 January 2017
at 19.00 
at Maison des Association in Monaco

                                We hope you will join!
                  Thank you
TAF wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a healthy HAPPY NEWYEAR
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