Elephants get 9 year break!

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Thu, 06/14/2007
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The agreement allows Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to sell additional ivory under strictly monitored CITES processes,  but only those government stockpiles officially registered prior to January 31, 2007.
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Thousands of elephants saved by decision to suspend ivory trade.

The World Says no to Tiger Trade

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Wed, 06/13/2007
Grace Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) expressed her delight, “We are extremely pleased that range states spoke up on behalf of their tiger populations in the wild.  Allowing the farming of tigers for trade would have been just another nail in the coffin for this flagship species.” 
 
So-called tiger “parks” in China have been commercially breeding tigers in captivity in the hope that the domestic ban on the sale
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US citizens stand behind global ban on elephant ivory trade

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Thu, 05/31/2007
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“The people have spoken, and they are clearly saying they do not want the gruesome slaughter of elephants to continue unnecessarily,” says Cindy Milburn, IFAW’s US Regional Acting Director. “An estimated 20,000 elephants are killed annually, and the people are speaking out on their behalf through this poll.”

The UN - backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meets in The Hague on June 3-15.
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Nations stand strong against commercial whaling at international meeting

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Thu, 05/31/2007
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Key anti-whaling actions included the adoption of a resolution condemning Japanese whaling, and a report by the IWC Scientific Committee that hotly criticized Japan’s so-called “scientific” whaling program.
 
IFAW Global Whale Program Manager Patrick Ramage, said from the meeting: “We are encouraged by the strengthened conservation majority at this year’s IWC meeting.
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Japan’s “scientific” whaling trashed by international scientists at global whale meeting

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Mon, 05/28/2007
In its report to the plenary meeting of IWC delegates, the Scientific Committee noted that, there was “little incentive” for Japan to produce data collected from its JARPN whaling program.
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Nations meet to decide fate of world’s whales

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Mon, 05/28/2007
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Despite a 1986 global moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan currently hunts more than 1,200 whales a year for what it calls “scientific” whaling, in abuse of an IWC loophole that allows for the lethal research of whales. Whales hunted by Japan as part of its whaling program are processed and sold commercially within Japan. This year the nation has added 50 humpback whales to its self-allocated quota.
 
“The IWC is at a crucial crossroads,” said Patrick Ramage, head of IFAW’s Global Whale Campaign.
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Fate of world's whales to be decided at international meeting

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Fri, 05/25/2007
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The meeting is expected to be contentious, with pro-whaling Japan pushing for a lifting of the ban, and conservation groups, including IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), in attendance to call for global whale protection.
 
Despite the global moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan currently hunts more than 1,200 whales a year for what it calls “scientific” whaling, in abuse of an IWC loophole that allows for the lethal research of whales.
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IFAW highlights its efforts towards saving sea turtles during World Turtle Day

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Wed, 05/23/2007
“World Turtle Day gives us the opportunity to reinforce and highlight our commitment towards these amazing animals,” said Anand Ramanathan of IFAW. “Sea turtles can take many years to reach an age when they can mate, this very slow maturation process makes rescuing every single one we can all the more important.”
 
Eroding beaches around the world pose serious threats to sea turtles that return to breed in their sands. Both adults and hatchlings suffer from loss of habitat, poaching, nest predation and disorientation by artificial light.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Bidding for Extinction: Rampant ivory trade on eBay threatens elephant survival

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Tue, 05/15/2007
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The snapshot survey conducted in the UK, Australia, China, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Canada and the USA* tracked over 2,200 elephant ivory items listed on eBay Web sites and found that more than 90% of the listings breached even eBay’s own respective national wildlife policies.
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<STRONG>IFAW's 2007 eBay survey &quot;Bidding for Extinction&quot;.<BR></STRONG><BR>The results reveal an arlaming level of illegal trade on worldwide eBay auction platforms, specifically in ivory items.

IFAW opens new center in Moscow to help stray animals

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Mon, 04/30/2007
The stray dog population of Moscow is estimated between 30,000 to 40,000 animals. Many of the strays suffer from human cruelty, hunger, and disease. Aggressive animals have attacked city citizens in the past and the stray dog population is a serious concern of Muscovites.
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IFAW’s new center – called the IFAW CLAW (Community Linked Animal Welfare) Center – was established to help humanely control and reduce the stray animal population of Moscow.
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