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NZ sales website bans ivory and endangered species ads

CAPTION: Endangered animal products such as the confiscated elephant tusks and rhino horns shown are now banned from ads on NZ website Trade Me.

New Zealand’s buy and sell website, Trade Me, has banned people advertising ivory, rhino horn and other endangered animal products on its site.

“We’ve decided to ban the sale of animal parts from animals listed in Appendix I of theConvention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (‘CITES’) on Trade Me. The ban will come into effect on 17 September 2014,” Trade Me announced in a post on its website.

“A ban on ivory (and other animal products) feels like the right thing to do. We’ve consulted with a lot of experts in this area, including advocacy groups and the Department of Conservation,” Trade Me announced.

“Trade Me allowing the sale of ivory in particular is increasingly out of step with international trends. We also read the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee’s report which recommended a full ban on ivory sales in New Zealand.”


Perfect barrels at Lennox and Sharpies Aug 17







Platypus deaths spark calls for Opera House trap ban

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Two platypus have drowned in a fish trap in the Nerang River, sparking calls for the controversial trap design to be banned in Queensland.

Opera house traps are designed to trap yabbies or fish alive but if playpus swims into one it will drown, Environmental Scientist and platypus surveyor from the Gold Coast Catchment Association Natalie Hoskins says.

“Given the deadly nature of the traps, we would like these traps to be banned,” she says.

“These traps should clearly not be set in water bodies where platypus occur.”

The traps which are also deadly for native water rats and turtles have been banned in other Eastern states so Wildlife Queensland has requested Hon. John McVeigh, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to take immediate action to ban the Opera House trap from Queensland waterways as well.

The two platypus were found on Tuesday.

Ms Hoskins urges the public to please be aware of the dangers of using these traps in all waterways where platypus could live, adding that the presence of playpus in creeks and rivers goes mostly unheeded as they are extremely discrete creatures.

For more info go to the article in Blank Magazine.

When ‘off the record’ becomes ‘I am secretly recording’


I agree: “We continually hear that the future of the legacy media is in the trust capital they have earned with audiences over centuries of fair and accurate reporting.”

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We heard this week that Victorian Labor Party staff destroyed an Age reporter’s dictaphone earlier this year after listening to its contents and hearing secretly recorded conversations.

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 7.58.49 PMAs I blogged in NoFibs, The Conversation and Mumbrella this week, it is a sad day when senior political figures steal a journalist’s recording device and destroy its contents. But it is an even sadder day when we hear a major newspaper – The Age – justifying a senior reporter secretly recording their conversations with sources.

That newspaper’s editorial thundered at state opposition leader Daniel Andrews:

Here is a lesson in the law, Mr Andrews: it is not illegal in this state to record people without their consent if you are a party to the call.

The journalist involved – Sunday Age state political editor Farrah Tomazin – went even further in her account:

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How broadcast journalists find stories

South African court jails rhino poacher for 77 years

In a rare decision a poacher from South Africa has been sentenced to the heaviest penalty available, 77 years, for committing wildlife crimes, after being arrested in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in 2011 for killing three rhino calves.

The long sentence has been handed out partly because the South African court held the poacher, Mandla Chauke, responsible for the death of his accomplice who was killed by park rangers in a shoot-out. As a result, Chauke was also convicted for murder.

Gold Coast whale dies in shark net: Video

This is newly released footage of a lifeless whale just minutes after it drowned at the Billinga shark nets on Sunday July 20.
The resident who made the footage had called the Queensland Fisheries hotline when she and her partner first saw the whale splashing around at 11.20am to alert the Shark Control Program’s Marine Animal Release Team, but the team arrived too late to save the whale.
Experts say the whale might be a brydes or a minke, instead of a humpback calf as reported by Queensland Fisheries Shark Control Manager Jeff Krause on Gold Coast ABC radio.
Witnesses say they saw a larger whale hanging around. It seemed very distressed as it swam back and fourth blowing repeatedly out of its blow hole.
The whale, which appeared to be the mother, moved away after the caught whale stopped struggling and sank to the bottom. The fact that there was a mother with the young whale suggests it was a humpback.
Apparently the caught whale had tried to swim under the shark nets.
Gold Coast Whale research group Humpbacks and Highrises, who posted the video, are calling for all Gold Coast shark nets to be removed during the humpback’s winter migration.
Another two whales have been caught in sharknets at Kirra since this whale’s death but were released by the Sea World boat.

For more details on the shark net issue see here.
To read an interview with the resident who took the footage with her partner click here.
For a netted humpback story with a much happier ending have a look at this Youtube
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Big surf Lennox Head Saturday July 19

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Whale calf dies in Gold Coast shark nets

A humpback calf has died in a shark net off Bilinga Beach in the Gold Coast.

The calf was trying to swim under the net when it was caught, Queensland Fisheries Shark Control Manager Jeff Krause has told Gold Coast ABC this morning.

Mr Krause says the whale was already dead when the Marine Animal Release Team arrived.

It’s been 10 years since a humpback died in a control program shark net, the Manager of the shark net program says.

The mother has gone on her way, he says.

Shark Control Program nets and drumlines, situated near 85 beaches to protect swimmers, snared a total of 713 sharks in 2012, according to Queensland government data reported in a Guardian article about a humpback that was released from a Sunshine Coast shark net a year ago.

A freedom of information-obtained analysis from 2009 shows seven dugongs, 36 sea turtles, 90 dolphins and two humpback whales were caught and killed by shark nets in five years between 2004 and 2009.

Anyone who spots a whale or other marine animal tangled in fishing gear or shark netting should call the 24-hour Shark Hotline on 1800 806 891.

See video of the whale here.


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