Elephant Tragedy an Accident Waiting to Happen

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On Tuesday, a bull elephant killed an elephant handler at the Knysna Elephant Park, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, reportedly while out on a morning excursion.

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org)  and its partner organisation, the Ethical Conservation Network (ECN), have expressed dismay at the tragedy but warned that, as elephant tourism becomes more extensive, the chance of more people being injured and possibly killed by the giant pachyderms becomes more likely.

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IFAW Urges China to Say No to Japanese Whaling

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Japan threatens to break the 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling set up by the IWC. Senior Japanese official Yoshimasa Hayashi told AFP in Washington recently "We are running out of patience after waiting for 20 years," Media reports reveal that Japan proposes to double the quota of whales killed disguise as “scientific research, expand whaling to include other species of whales and conduct whaling in internationally established whale sanctuaries.
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Japanese whaling&#8212;a threat to whale recovery

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However, the plans are powerless to stop Japanese whaling—one of the most serious threats to whale recovery.

“It is all well and good for Australia to attempt to put her own house in order but there are other governments that are determined to tear the house down brick by brick,” said Darren Kindleysides, of IFAW Asia Pacific.

Japan currently kills up to 440 minke whales in the Antarctic for so-called ‘scientific’ purposes.&nbsp; Reports indicate that Japan intends to increase this catch to more than 800 minke whales and add two further

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IFAW collaborates with Spanish and Moroccan conservationists on Atlantic monk seal study

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Wed, 05/04/2005
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During the month of May, IFAW’s Song of the Whale team will be working to assist the Action Plan for the Recovery of the Atlantic monk seal, which is part of the Bonn Convention;&nbsp; In collaboration with Spanish conservationists from CBD-Habitat Fundacion, the Institute National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH) of Morocco, and Dakhla based NGO, Nature Initiative, the international team onboard Song of the Whale will conduct surveys to find out if the ‘critically endangered’ eastern Atlantic monk seal inhabits the coastline northwards from the Mauritanian border
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IFAW gives Tibetan antelope more space to roam

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Mon, 04/11/2005
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Arjinshan is one of the primary ranges of Tibetan antelopes in the world and it has been threatened by livestock farming activities since the end of last century. In recent years, farmers gradually relocated themselves to lower altitudes out of the reserve, yet left about 6,000 acres of land enclosed by artificial fences. The remains of the fences are still threatening the survival of many wild animals by either barring their entry to feeding grounds or from migrating to their breeding destination.
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IFAW: Shell agrees to move oil pipeline to protect endangered Western Gray Whales

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Wed, 03/30/2005
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Shell announced today that they will move the pipeline 20 kilometers to the south, away from the main feeding area of the critically endangered Western Gray Whale. A coalition of environmental organizations from around the world has been demanding that Shell move the pipeline for several years.

This February, a group of internationally renowned IUCN experts published a scientific report confirming that the Sakhalin-2 project threatened the extinction of the Western Gray Whale.

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Sixteen Years After Exxon Valdez Spill, Oil Continues to Kill Thousands of Seabirds Each Year

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Thu, 03/24/2005
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Recently, after an accidental spill from an offshore rig near St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, it was discovered that passing ships had taken advantage of the pollution to dump oil into the sea.
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IFAW Welcomes Enhanced Protection for Ontario&#8217;s Wolves

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Thu, 03/10/2005
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“This decision marks the first crucial first step in ensuring long-term protection for Ontario's threatened wolf population,” said IFAW Canada spokesperson Rob Sinclair.

IFAW also welcomes an extended ban on the use of wire neck snares.&nbsp; Snares do not kill wolves quickly or painlessly.&nbsp; Protected species and domestic pets have also fallen victim to them.

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IFAW calls on Senate to Pass Bill C-15

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Wed, 03/02/2005
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Bill C-15, which passed third reading in the House of Commons in December and is now being reviewed by Senate.&nbsp; The Bill seeks tougher penalties for the owners and crew of ships who illegally dispose of their oil at sea instead of in port and includes a minimum fine of $500,000.&nbsp; The highest fine ever dealt for this offence in Canada was $ 125,000.&nbsp; In the U.S.
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Zoos refuse to provide answers

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Tue, 03/01/2005
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Despite repeated requests and an application made under the Freedom of Information Act, the zoos have refused to reveal to the NGOs the answers they gave to the Australian Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) in response to questions about their permit application.

"We simply cannot understand why the zoos will not provide us with the information we have asked for-if it answers all the questions asked by the Government then why not share it with the community?" said Rebecca Brand of IFAW Asia Pacific.

"Surely it is in the best interests of all inv

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