Fate of elephants hangs in balance at meeting of world nations

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Mon, 10/02/2006
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The CITES treaty came into force in 1975 amid growing concern over the human impact of unregulated trade in endangered species. Since then, CITES has recognized most elephant populations as critically endangered, and has strict prohibitions on the international trade in ivory. Pro-trade nations have tried to weaken the Convention, and to reframe it as a tool to advance trade rather than to protect dwindling populations of wildlife from exploitation and extinction.
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Geneva, Switzerland
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IFAW Names Winner of Innovative “Whale Song Remix Project”

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Fri, 09/29/2006
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As the Grand Prize Winner, Moellman will receive a 60GB video iPod, and will have his song featured in upcoming public service announcements about the growing whale slaughter around the world.

“At IFAW, we wanted to present these magnificent creatures in a unique environment to promote citizen action in the face of a new whaling offensive by Japan,” said Greg Wetstone, U.S. director of IFAW.
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Washington, D.C.
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“Want to end the cruelty, then end the hunt,” says IFAW of calls to ban hakapiks from Canadian seal hunt

Publication Date: 
Fri, 09/15/2006
“If the Canadian government wants to end the cruelty of the seal hunt, then Prime Minister Harper should end it once and for all,” said Olivier Bonnet, Director of IFAW’s Canada office. “If they think there is no problem with shooting seals, they should take a look at our video footage.”
 
IFAW has documented Canada’s commercial seal hunt since the late 1960s and its experts have witnessed first-hand the cruelty of both the hakapik and rifle hunting of seals.
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Ottawa, Canada
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Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Zambia hands down tough sentence to ivory dealer

Publication Date: 
Fri, 09/08/2006
Ting Cheng-lung, was arrested on 8 August 2006 at Ndola Airport in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, while in possession of 13 pieces of raw ivory plus 106 pieces of carved ivory. The contraband ivory is estimated to be worth US$50,000.
 
IFAW wildlife experts have been watching the case, hopeful that a tough sentence would be handed down to send a strong signal to elephant poachers and illegal ivory dealers.
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Lusaka, Zambia
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IFAW Launches Web’s First Animal Rescue Blog

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Thu, 08/17/2006
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The Animal Rescue Blog (www.animalrescueblog.org) will bring readers into the trenches of on- the-ground animal rescue efforts in disaster affected areas such as Lebanon and Israel, Indonesia and India.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Kerry Branon (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Ryun bill would protect public from big cat attacks

Publication Date: 
Tue, 08/01/2006
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Washington, DC
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Chris Cutter (IFAW, Headquarters))
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Penguins released back to wild after oil spill in Argentina

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Mon, 07/31/2006
In early May, several hundred oiled Magellanic penguins began washing ashore in the Cabo Virgenes Nature Reserve in Argentina, about 1,700 miles (2,750 kilometers) southwest of Buenos Aires near the southernmost tip of Patagonia. A team from IFAW worked closely with Consejo Agrario Provincial de Santa Cruz to take in and clean 224 of the oiled penguins. Due to very cold weather and low water temperatures, the birds had difficulty regaining their natural waterproofing.
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San Clemente del Tuyu, Argentina
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Massive ivory seizure signals rebound of illegal trade

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Wed, 07/05/2006
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The ivory was found in two shipments traveling from Tanzania in East Africa to Manila, Philippines and included 350 African elephant tusks – representing at least 175 dead elephants. Officials believe this could be the largest illegal ivory seizure made in Taiwan province of China since 2000 when 332 tusks were discovered.
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Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
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Five Leading Animal Welfare Organizations Give $3.2 Million Boost to Spay/Neuter Efforts in Gulf Coast Communities

Publication Date: 
Tue, 07/11/2006

    The Big Fix Rig is part of a $3.2 million effort funded by the ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, PetSmart Charities, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and United Animal Nations to increase the number of affordable and accessible spay/neuter programs in the hurricane-affected areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. Local organizations Spay/Louisiana, Mississippi Spay Neuter (SPAN) and Humane Society of South Mississippi are coordinating the initiatives with the help of other local animal agencies throughout the region.

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    Washington, D.C.
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    President Bush and Japan Prime Minister Koizumi greeted by Elvis singing “Don’t be cruel – stop whaling”

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    Fri, 06/30/2006
    The song “Don’t Be Cruel” has been rewritten with the lyrics:

    Don’t Be Cruel – to Whales
     
    You know I won’t be found,
    Swimming in the deep blue sea,
    The Japanese are coming ‘round,
    They’re going to harpoon me.
    Don't be cruel to a whale that's true.

    Baby, it makes me sad
    My blubber’s not so tasty
    Why treat whales so bad?
    To risk extinction is crazy
    Don't be cruel…
    To a whale that's true.

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    Memphis, TN
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