Leonardo DiCaprio joins IFAW in urging public action to shut down ivory trade

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Tue, 10/04/2011

DiCaprio serves as the global ambassador for the program, which highlights a different animal and conservation theme each year. This year’s theme is “Elephants, Never Forget,” and focuses on the crisis that elephants face 20 years after the international ivory trade ban was put in place.

While elephant populations started to recover following the ban, lax poaching oversight over the past several years has led to the prospect of extinction for the species in several African countries.

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IFAW launches ‘Will Only Words Remain?’ campaign during Tiger Day celebrations in Russia

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Fri, 09/23/2011
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“Tiger Day provides an opportunity for the Russian people to celebrate tigers and better understand their plight,” said Masha Vorontsova, Director of IFAW Russia. “This is also a good time to remind the Russian government that they must stay focused on their commitment to tiger conservation, or only words, not tigers, will remain.”   

The world’s wild tiger population has plummeted by 97% over the past century; as few as 3,000 survive in small pockets of scattered habitat in 13 Asian countries.

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IFAW to attend seal hunt stakeholder meeting with Namibian Ombudsman

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Fri, 09/16/2011

“The annual herding and clubbing to death of still-nursing seal pups in Namibia has been criticized by veterinarians and scientists around the world” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program.  

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IFAW, Environment Canada and INTERPOL in Botswana at the Front Lines of the War on Wildlife Trafficking

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Mon, 08/29/2011

The dramatic need for the training was underlined earlier in the week when Tanzania, who sent two officers to the training, seized 1,041 elephant ivory tusks.

Canada is one of the leading countries which supports INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Program through a grant from Environment Canada.

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NGOs barred from discussion on future of ivory trade

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Wed, 08/17/2011

Acting of behalf of unnamed Asian countries, Kuwait requested that all members of civil society be removed from the room to allow for a closed-door discussion.

The agenda had called for a discussion on an ivory decision-making mechanism, on elephant management and conservation, and on poaching and illegal ivory trade. The mechanism is meant to become a means to facilitate the international sale of ivory.

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Chinese government cancels dog cull yielding to public pressure

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Fri, 08/05/2011

Officials issued a notice that they would ban dogs in three districts of Jiangmen and confiscate and kill all dogs in those areas beginning on August 26. The reason for the notice was to prevent rabies for human safety and to establish a civilized city.

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Kenya burns, but Europe still covets Ivory

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Tue, 07/19/2011

A recent International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) survey of websites in the UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Germany, found a thriving in trade in ivory items – the legality of most of which is questionable.

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A day after voting for transparency, international forum for whales meets in secret

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Mon, 07/18/2011

A UK proposal on greater transparency and effectiveness at the IWC was adopted by consensus yesterday. Today, a proposal for a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary by Brazil and Argentina led to a mid-morning walkout by Japan, Iceland, Norway and other pro-whaling countries.

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Chance to make positive change for whales as international meeting begins in Jersey

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Mon, 07/11/2011

IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare www.ifaw.org) is urging delegates from the IWC’s 89 member countries to adopt a policy of greater openness and accountability to ensure the organisation runs effectively and to safeguard its credibility. In recent years the IWC has been stung by widely reported accusations of corruption

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Calls for tighter controls to protect whales ahead of international meeting in Jersey

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Fri, 07/08/2011

Following widely reported accusations of corruption surrounding the meetings in recent years, IFAW is calling for greater openness and accountability at IWC to ensure it runs effectively and that the credibility of the forum is safeguarded.

The UK Government has also put forward proposals for this year’s meeting (July 11-14) aimed at improving the transparency and effectiveness of the IWC.

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