IFAW, WSPA, and other groups band together to help animals in Haiti

Publication Date: 
Fri, 01/15/2010

On January 12, a 7.0 earthquake – the largest in 200 years – rocked the small island nation, reducing buildings to rubble, and demolishing the capital, Port-au-Prince. Tens of thousands of people are feared dead and countries such as the United States have pledged troops and aid to the Caribbean nation. The international response to the devastation has been the largest outpouring of support since Asia’s 2004 tsunami.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass
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IFAW condemns Canadian WTO Challenge on EU ban of seal products

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Tue, 11/03/2009

“The EU seal ban is the only way the European public can be assured they are not buying products of cruel commercial seal hunts. Canada is arrogantly trying to shove dead seals into markets where they are simply not wanted,” said Lesley O’Donnell, IFAW EU Director. “The current Canadian government would rather risk international condemnation than a few seats in their parliament.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Adrian Hiel (IFAW EU)
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Battered and Bruised – Abused Elephants

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Fri, 10/30/2009
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The elephants were confiscated in April 2009 after an inspection by the Zimbabwe National Society for the Protection of Cruelty against Animals (ZNSPCA) found cruel and torturous methods were being used to “tame and train” them for the elephant back safari industry – a popular tourist activity in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in southern Africa.

The ZNSPCA requested IFAW to step in and assist in translocating the elephants to a safe haven with a view to rehabilitating the elephants and releasing them back into the wild.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Wildlife Groups Commend the United States for Seeking to Halt Polar Bear Trade

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Fri, 10/16/2009

“On May 8, 2009, Sec. Salazar said that he and President Obama were fully committed to protecting polar bears, and that we must do everything we can to eliminate all threats to the species,” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW Washington, D.C. Office Director. “With this laudable action, they are making good on that commitment. By uplisting the species at the next CITES conference, the U.S. will help prevent the deaths of hundreds of polar bears killed needlessly for the commercial market.”

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WASHINGTON
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Iceland urged to abandon slaughter as 26 countries condemn its whaling

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Fri, 10/02/2009
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), called on the Icelandic government to heed the international criticism and support responsible whale watching as a humane and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling.

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London
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China dog cull looms, owners urged to kill pets

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Wed, 09/09/2009
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Residents with dogs over one foot in height or with those which are considered to be “dangerous breeds” are being asked to kill their own dogs by September 10th. If these animals are not killed, police will then form dog-beating squads, combing the district and killing all such dogs. Owners will then be fined for the killing.

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Nations meet to discuss elephants as poaching crisis intensifies

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Mon, 07/13/2009
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According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW- www.ifaw.org) representative at the meeting, EU Campaigns Director Peter Pueschel, “This meeting presented us with the perfect opportunity to discuss the way forward for elephant conservation initiatives. However, instead of engaging on how we can address the continued slaughter of this highly endangered species, we are hearing from Zambia about plans to push for more trade.”

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IFAW rushes animal rescue teams to Taiwan following Typhoon Morakot

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Mon, 08/17/2009
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IFAW is responding to a cry for help by local groups currently working to save animals affected by the storm. Reports indicate that at least 10 animal shelters were damaged, leaving more than 1,000 dogs trapped by floods and more than 100 dogs drowned or missing.

“We need to move quickly,” said IFAW’s Dick Green, “Our fear is that more dogs will die if the shelters do not quickly receive relief supplies and help rebuild the shelters.”

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Mission accomplished - 83 elephants safely rescued

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Mon, 07/06/2009
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The elephants moved (by) with the assistance of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) to save them from persecution by local villagers trying to protect their crops and livelihoods from the animals.

"This is a victory for both elephants and people - they have been engaged in a battle that has seen elephants cruelly wounded and killed, and many local people killed as well," said Jason Bell-Leask, Director Southern Africa for IFAW.

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Iceland Whalers Kill Two Endangered Fin Whales

Publication Date: 
Fri, 06/19/2009
IFAW opposes whaling because it is unacceptably cruel – there is no humane way to kill a whale and research has shown that whales shot with explosive harpoons can take more than half an hour to die.

Opinion polling and independent economic research in Iceland has revealed little or no appetite for whale meat, while responsible whale watching, by contrast, is financially lucrative and one of Iceland’s biggest tourist draws.

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