Senate Acts to Protect Sharks

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Mon, 12/20/2010

The Shark Conservation Act, introduced by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), would strengthen the 2000 finning law by requiring fishermen to land all sharks with their fins naturally attached to their bodies.  The bill also clarifies that any vessel landing shark fins, not just fishing vessels, must do so with them naturally attached to the carcass.

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Mercy mission saves hundreds of endangered penguin chicks

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Wed, 12/01/2010
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The rescued chicks were taken to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) where they will be hand-reared for a period of approximately six weeks before returning back to their colony.

Two hundred and thirty six of the rescued chicks came from Stony Point penguin colony, 155 from offshore Dyer Island, and 24 others were rescued from various colonies. This is the largest number of chicks SANCCOB has cared for at one time since 2007 when 481 abandoned chicks were treated.

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<p>Rescuers in South Africa rushed to save a total of 415 endangered African penguin chicks from land and island-based penguin colonies near Cape Town, South Africa. The abandoned penguins were in danger of starving to death.</p>

International whale watching conference to be held in Tokyo

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Fri, 12/10/2010

Around 15 representatives of the country’s whale and dolphin watching associations will be at the meeting convened by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) at the UN University in Tokyo, along with representatives from the only other two countries still whaling for commercial purposes – Iceland and Norway, as well as delegates from the Caribbean and elsewhere.

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Rare Falcons Confiscated at Moscow Airport

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Mon, 11/22/2010
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The birds – called gyrfalcons – were discovered in two cartons being loaded with luggage into the hold of a plane bound for the Middle East. They were swaddled in cloth, hooded, and packed four to a box. The woman who checked the cartons as luggage was removed from the plane and detained. She has been released pending a court appearance.

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Third tiger killed as tiger summit closes in St. Petersburg

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Wed, 11/24/2010

The incidents highlight two of the major threats to tigers including poaching and conflict with people, as governments from tiger range countries meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia finalized a new global plan to save the species from extinction.

Tiger populations have plummeted by 97% percent during the past century and as few as 3,000 wild tigers survive in a few scattered pockets of habitat in Asia.

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China&#8217;s &#8216;art ambassador&#8217; makes summit plea to save tigers

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Sun, 11/21/2010

The summit, which is hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has brought together heads of state and ministers from 13 tiger range countries. This crucial event for the future survival of wild tigers also marks the first time that the attention of governments has been focused at such a high level on a single endangered species.

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IFAW rescues tigers from Texas

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Mon, 11/08/2010

Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn, WAO, the Wild Animal Orphanage decided to close their doors. Working together with the USDA, the Texas State Attorney General's Office Charitable Trust Division, and IFAW, the WAO Board signed a resolution to dissolve the sanctuary within sixty days by relocating their 300 animals to other facilities.

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IFAW Celebrates Implementation of EU Ban on Seal Products

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Thu, 08/19/2010
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The EU seal product ban is perhaps the largest single victory in IFAW’s 40 year campaign to end commercial seal hunting. “We are absolutely delighted with this legislation,” said Lesley O’Donnell, director of IFAW EU. “It is the culmination of years of hard work and we will continue our efforts until cruel commercial seal hunting ends once and for all.”

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411 Critically Endangered Tortoises Saved from Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Fri, 10/22/2010

After several months of waiting, 411 critically endangered tortoises will return to their home country of Madagascar. The radiated (Astrochelys radiata), spider (Pyxis arachnoides) and angulated (Astrochelys yniphora) tortoises were illegally removed from their natural habitat and were en route for sale in public markets in China when they were intercepted by customs officials at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in July. These rare tortoises sell for thousands of dollars each as exotic pets.

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Condemnation of Namibia&#8217;s Commercial Seal Hunt as EU Prepares for Seal Ban

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Thu, 07/15/2010
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“Namibia cannot provide a reasonable scientific justification for its annual seal hunt,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa. “It is not even commercially viable as the price of pelts has dropped year by year and more and more countries are banning the sale of seal products.

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