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  • David
    July 17, 2012 - 13:21

    Send them out whale-watching in July....the same kind of "corporate perk" as when ReMax give its own high-sales used car sslesmen...er, realtors....a trip to Honolulu in February. "Remember, if you protest at least 3 government legislatures, and get your mug on the evening news, you get an all-expense paid July boondoggle in St. John's...so keep up the shameless charade!"

  • Adam
    July 17, 2012 - 09:03

    As usual IFAW has no idea what they're talking about. Right Whales in the North Atlantic are recovering slowly, but they are recovering at a rate of 1.5% a year.

    • Vassili Papastavrou
      August 02, 2012 - 06:03

      Dear Adam, Thanks for your comment. Yes, of course IFAW is aware of the debate as to whether the modest population increase in Western Atlantic right whales over the last decade constitutes a recovery. Dave Mellinger, Phil Clapham and others say that "despite recent increases in Western North Atlantic calf production, this population does not appear to be recovering with anthropogenic factors, notably vessel strikes and fishing gear entanglement responsible for significant numbers of deaths" (Mellinger et al, 2011). But my quote referred to the Eastern Atlantic, "they are basically so rare that there's about a sighting every 10 years on (the European side) of the Atlantic, and no one has any clue as to whether they are recovering or not...." Given the very small number of sightings, it would of course be entirely impossible to determine any trends. Again the Mellinger et al (2011) paper is well worth looking at if you want to know more. Hope this helps, best wishes Vassili Mellinger, DK., Nieukirk, S., Klink, K., Klink, H., Dziak, R., Clapham, P., Bransdottir, B. 2011. Biology Letters. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.1191

  • Jeremiah
    July 17, 2012 - 07:51

    Those carpet baggers should not be allowed in our port. Their dishonesty and scurvey ways have painted us in a poor light in the international stage. They are in it for the money, nothing else.

  • Ford Elms
    July 17, 2012 - 07:18

    Yeah, right. They were tarnished with Sea Shepherd's image. Let's not forget that IFAW is the company formed by Brian Davies, who pioneered the use of animal snuff films in animal rights attacks when he paid a man who wasn't a sealer to skin a seal alive for the cameras so he could use the footage to falsely accuse sealers. Let's not forget that it was this kind of dishonesty and hypocritical animal cruelty for propaganda that made IFAW a tidy profit in it's early years when slandering and defaming innocent sealers was their major source of income. If IFAW wasn't welcome in Iceland, it was because of their own dishonesty and exploitation of innocent sealers, not because Sea Shepherd uses the same tactics. IFAW is just one of a number of dishonest and hypocritical animal rights companies that exploit innocent worklers for profit. Thuis is cynical media manipulation, just like everything else they've done for attention and profit i the past half a century. They shouldn't be welcome here either, after what ehy did here.