Taiping Four gorillas leave South Africa next week

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Mon, 12/04/2006
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“The gorillas and their caregivers depart for Cameroon on a scheduled Kenya Airways flight early on the morning of 13 December 2006,” says Christina Pretorius, Communications Manager for IFAW Southern Africa.
 
The gorillas are to be transferred to the Limbe Wildlife Centre in the Cameroon. The NZG of SA is currently hosting Jonathan Kum Kang, Limbe’s chief keeper and he is working closely alongside the National Zoo’s primate staff charged with the care of the Taiping Four.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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IFAW delighted by Council of Europe recommendation to ban seal products

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Fri, 11/17/2006
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IFAW has been campaigning to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt for more than thirty years, and experts with the organization are very pleased with the council’s decision. “This decision sends a very strong message to European governments that Canada’s cruel hunt will not be tolerated,” said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW’s Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection.
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San Marino
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Germany’s National Veterinary Association demands a trade embargo on all seal products

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Thu, 11/16/2006
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Dr. Ernst Breitling, president of the National Veterinary Association submitted the written request to top government officials including Prime Minister Angela Merkel. “Veterinarians, as the best protectors of animals, are outraged by the gruesome methods with which seals are often killed,” he wrote.
 
The association’s claim that Canada’s seal hunt is cruel is backed by footage obtained by IFAW, which has documented the Canadian seal hunt for more than three decades.
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Bonn, Germany
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Japan’s whale hunters set sail for slaughter in International Whale Sanctuary

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Tue, 11/14/2006
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Japan’s whale hunt starts just weeks after Iceland resumed commercial whaling for the first time in 20 years. Seven fin whales and one minke whale were killed in Iceland since it resumed whaling on Oct. 17, 2006. Much of this whale meat has been frozen due to saturation in the market.

“Whales are under threat not only from those countries that still allow commercial whaling, but also by entanglement, pollution, ocean noise, ship strikes and global warming,” said Dr.
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Shimonoseki, Japan
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European Parliament votes in favour of greater protection for Europe’s seas

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Tue, 11/14/2006
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The European Parliament today called for a determined Europe-wide effort to combat the impacts of destructive and unsustainable fishing, shipping, oil drilling, marine pollution, coastal and offshore construction and littering, which present an escalating threat to Europe’s seas. Environmental groups welcomed the assembly’s stance on the Marine Strategy Directive, which demands tougher action than those contained in the vague and empty shell of the European Commission’s original proposal.
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Saskia Richartz (EU Marine Policy Director, Greenpeace European Unit)
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IFAW to Support Landmark Community Elephant Fence in Kenya

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Wed, 11/08/2006
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Kenya’s Vice President Hon. Moody Awori, who led senior government officials and conservationists in the commemoration of IFAW’s contribution to conservation in Kenya, termed the Laikipia West Fence project “a practical solution” saying it will separate the local community from elephants and enable both to thrive side by side without fear and violent conflict. “Laikipia is critically important for Kenya as a wildlife habitat – being host to our largest population of elephants outside protected national parks.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Elizabeth Wamba (IFAW, Eastern Africa)
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Elephants sent into Safari Slavery from Zimbabwe’s World Famous Hwange National Park

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Wed, 11/08/2006
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The permits were issued by Zimbabwe National Parks, and the animals are being caught in the country’s largest game reserve, Hwange National Park in south-west Zimbabwe.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Shearwater Adventures, one of Zimbabwe’s best known adventure tourism operators, has been given the permits to catch 15 elephants to be tamed and trained for use in their elephant-safari business.

NGO’s and Zoo Combine Forces to Return Taiping 4 Gorillas to Cameroon

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Wed, 10/25/2006
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IFAW and the National Zoo met in Pretoria last week and agreed to collaborate on all levels to return the gorillas to the Cameroon.
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IFAW is absolutely delighted by the turn of events which signals the return of Izan, Abbey, Tinu and Oyin; the Taiping Four, to Cameroon in early December. <BR>

German parliament votes unanimously to ban seal product imports

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Fri, 10/20/2006
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Over the past five years, more than 1.25 million seals have been hunted in Canada’s annual commercial hunt – making it the largest marine mammal hunt in the world.

Recently, in opposition to the hunt, the European community has taken strong steps to stop the trade of seal products. Germany’s trade ban vote comes just one month after the EU Parliament passed a resolution in support of an EU trade ban on seal products.
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Whales killed for fish freezer, no market for meat &#8211; &#8220;It&#8217;s a cruel waste,&#8221; says IFAW

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Tue, 10/24/2006
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The whale is expected to be brought ashore early Tuesday afternoon, and will be the second fin whale hunted commercially by whalers since the Minister of Fisheries, Einar K. Gudfinnsson, issued hunting permits last week for nine endangered fin whales and 30 minke whales. The first fin whale was brought ashore on Sunday to international outcry.
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The sole whale processing plant in Iceland, a facility built during World War II and not used in twenty years, is currently out of operation.

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