Indonesian forest fires force dozens of endangered orangutans to flee

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Tue, 11/07/2006
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An animal rescue team from IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) and the Borneo Orangutan Sanctuary Foundation (BOSF) has already treated more than forty orangutans for respiratory problems and burns.

Annual fires are intentionally set in Indonesia to clear forest land for agriculture before the rainy season begins in November. This year’s fires are the worst in a decade due to drier than normal conditions.
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Mantangai, Indonesia
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Wildfires in Borneo, on route from Banjarmasin to Palangkaraya.

Russian gyrfalcons released to wild by IFAW

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Thu, 11/09/2006
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Four of the birds were sent by Russia’s environmental watchdog to IFAW’s wildlife rehabilitation center in Moscow. One of the falcons died.

All four gyrfalcons were fully rehabilitated and were released to the wild on the Kamchatka peninsula this week.

Only about 1,000 gyrfalcon pairs remain in the wild in Russia. Their main habitat is above the Polar Circle, from the Kola peninsula to Chukotka. Prior to winter, the birds move south but not far from their main habitat.
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Moscow, Russia
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All four gyrfalcons were fully rehabilitated and were released to the wild on the Kamchatka peninsula this week.

Icelanders believe whaling damages tourism

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Fri, 11/24/2006
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The new Gallup poll was commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) in light of Iceland’s resumption of commercial whaling.
 
Despite little market for meat from Iceland’s so-called “scientific” whaling programme, begun in 2003, whalers have recently harpooned seven endangered fin whales and one minke whale in a bid to sell the meat commercially.
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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25 Countries Launch Diplomatic Protest Against Iceland’s Whale Hunt

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Wed, 11/01/2006
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The demarche expresses the countries’ opposition to the resumption of commercial whale hunting and asks the Icelandic government to reconsider its policy.

“We are heartened by the strong global reaction and hopeful that the Icelandic government will reconsider its misguided decision,” said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW’s Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection. “We have no quarrel with the people of Iceland.
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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The chef Svavar holding a plate of Minke whale meat in Hagkaup Supermarket.

IFAW Breaks Ground on New International Headquarters

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Wed, 10/25/2006
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“This is a great day for IFAW, for our staff and partners on Cape Cod, and for the many animals we protect worldwide,” said IFAW President and CEO Fred O’Regan. “The headquarters we break ground for today will bring our 150 employees together in one Cape Cod location.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Kerry Branon (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW welcomes maximum fine for UK Company selling illegal ivory

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Tue, 10/24/2006
In November 2004, detectives from the Metropolitan Police executed search warrants at three London premises belonging to George F Trumper Ltd, a company specialising in the sale of gentleman's grooming accessories. Twenty four ivory items were seized from the premises where they were being kept for sale.

Most of the items seized were shaving brushes stamped with "real ivory" and were on sale for prices of up to £1,100 each.
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London, United Kingdom
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Rosa Hill (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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Whalers bloody Iceland&#8217;s waters and international reputation with first whale kill

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Sun, 10/22/2006
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The whaling ship, owned by prominent Icelandic businessman Kristjan Loftsson, arrived this morning at Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord), a small inlet with a dock used by whalers in Iceland’s whaling days. The country’s sole whale meat processing factory, built during World War II, is currently inoperable.
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell (IFAW, Headquarters)
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An endangered fin whale is hauled to shore in Hvalfjordur, Iceland, on Sunday, October 22, 2006. Iceland has permitted the commercial hunting of nine fin whales and 30 minke whales, contravening a 1986 global whaling moratorium.

EU Parliament adopts Animal Welfare Action Plan

Publication Date: 
Thu, 10/12/2006
The Parliament resolution
  • considers that the protection of animals in Europe should not be restricted to farm animals and animals in experimentation but should extend to all groups of animals, including wild animals with full regard paid to animal welfare issues in such policy areas as sustainable development and trade in wildlife.
  • recognizes the public demand for ethically and socially acceptable products and calls on the European Commission to do more at the international level, particularly in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) context to promote the recognition
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Brussels, Belgium
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G&#252;nther Pauls (IFAW, Belgium)
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CITES Falls Short of Addressing Critical Threats to Wild Tigers

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Fri, 10/06/2006
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CITES lists the tiger among the most endangered species in need of protection, identifying illegal trade as the major threat to the species. Poaching to supply tiger parts to illegal markets has completely wiped out wild tigers from some nature reserves in India. And tiger farms in China are lobbying to legalize the trade in parts and derivatives of captive-bred tigers. However at the discussion on tigers, the SC failed to endorse actions proposed by the CITES Secretariat and the US to address the rampant illegal trade of tiger parts and derivatives across Asia.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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More than one million children learn about seals this week

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Wed, 10/04/2006
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“Making Waves for Seals,” is this year’s theme – focusing on seals and the many threats seals face like: pollution, habitat loss, climate change, entanglement in fishing nets, commercial hunting and extinction.

IFAW distributed interactive materials including student booklets, teacher’s guides, calendar posters and a 15 minute educational video introduced by E.R. actor Goran Visnjic to 10,500 U.S. schools and community organizations. In the past few weeks, the “Making Waves for Seals” video also aired on 450 U.S.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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