Wildlife Groups Commend the United States for Seeking to Halt Polar Bear Trade

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Fri, 10/16/2009
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“On May 8, 2009, Sec. Salazar said that he and President Obama were fully committed to protecting polar bears, and that we must do everything we can to eliminate all threats to the species,” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW Washington, D.C. Office Director. “With this laudable action, they are making good on that commitment. By uplisting the species at the next CITES conference, the U.S. will help prevent the deaths of hundreds of polar bears killed needlessly for the commercial market.”

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Iceland urged to abandon slaughter as 26 countries condemn its whaling

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Fri, 10/02/2009
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), called on the Icelandic government to heed the international criticism and support responsible whale watching as a humane and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling.

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London
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China Drafts Nation’s First Animal Protection Law

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Mon, 09/28/2009
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Recently, several Chinese cities have forged ahead with dog culls citing concerns of rabies, leaving tens of thousands of dogs brutally killed. Such slaughter would be stemmed should this law be passed.

In addition to releasing the draft animal protection law, changes regarding China’s Criminal Law were also suggested, making animal abuse a punishable offence.

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Beijing
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New Hope for Animals in US Disasters

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Fri, 09/18/2009
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“In the wake of disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, we are thrilled to partner with IFAW and the ASPCA to provide this service should another natural disaster strike areas of Louisiana and other nearby states,” said Dr. Renée Poirrier, Director of the Louisiana State Animal Response Team. “We look forward to serving our fourlegged friends and their families with this response unit should an emergency situation arise.”

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BATON ROUGE
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Alibaba, world’s largest B2B site, bans sale of ivory, sea turtle and shark fin

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Thu, 09/17/2009
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The milestone decision was made following a year long collaboration between IFAW and Alibaba’s partner site, Taobao.com to raise awareness about the unsustainable and cruel trade of wildlife on the Internet.  IFAW encourages netizens to report online wildlife crime activities and helps portal sites filter out advertisements of wildlife products. To date, 333 wildlife product advertisements and 5 traders registered from Cameron, USA, and Canada have been removed from the Alibaba site.  

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Tiger released to the wild in Russia’s Far East

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Wed, 09/16/2009
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The orphan tiger was found last March when it wandered into the village of Avangard desperately looking for food. It was captured without resistance by the tiger protection specialists from Inspection Tiger. The cub was given little chance of surviving on its own. At eight months, the small and weak cub weighed only 37 lbs (17kg).

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Moscow, Russia
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Endangered Species Listing Sought for Arctic Reindeer

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Tue, 09/15/2009

Caribou have been a part of the Arctic and Inuit culture for generations. Currently, the habitat of Peary and Dolphin-Union caribou is threatened by rapid climate change and increased frequency of severe weather patterns which prevent them from foraging for food.  The overall number of Peary caribou has declined by 84%, from almost 50,000 in the 1960s to less than 7,800 at the turn of the 21st century.

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China dog cull looms, owners urged to kill pets

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Wed, 09/09/2009
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Residents with dogs over one foot in height or with those which are considered to be “dangerous breeds” are being asked to kill their own dogs by September 10th. If these animals are not killed, police will then form dog-beating squads, combing the district and killing all such dogs. Owners will then be fined for the killing.

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Wildlife Groups Seek Halt to Polar Bear Trade

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Mon, 08/31/2009
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Polar bears in the wild live entirely within five countries: Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Russian Federation, and the United States. There are presently between 20,000 and 25,000 polar bears and the number is decreasing.

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IFAW rushes animal rescue teams to Taiwan following Typhoon Morakot

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Mon, 08/17/2009
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IFAW is responding to a cry for help by local groups currently working to save animals affected by the storm. Reports indicate that at least 10 animal shelters were damaged, leaving more than 1,000 dogs trapped by floods and more than 100 dogs drowned or missing.

“We need to move quickly,” said IFAW’s Dick Green, “Our fear is that more dogs will die if the shelters do not quickly receive relief supplies and help rebuild the shelters.”

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