Online sting brings illegal wildlife traders to justice; IFAW applauds efforts of Operation Cyberwild

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Fri, 01/06/2012

Today, federal and California law enforcement officials filed charges against several people who were caught during “Operation Cyberwild.”  The online sting, run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game last summer, targeted individuals in Southern California and southwestern Nevada who were illegally selling wildlife through Internet-based marketplaces such as Craigslist.org.

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Washington, DC
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Abby Berman (The Rosen Group)
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L'espoir est permis

Fri, 01/06/2012
L'espoir est permis

Comme beaucoup d'autres, je pense que le début d'année se prête bien à la réflexion. C'est le moment de repenser à l'année écoulée, de se rappeler la vision et les objectifs qui constituent le fondement de la mission d’IFAW, mais aussi d'évaluer les progrès réalisés en vue d’atteindre ces objectifs.

Spotlight Europe: fighting legislative battles for animals, never losing heart

Fri, 01/06/2012
This was becoming like chasing the Holy Grail.

When the International Fund for Animal Welfare first requested access to some European Commission documents little did we imagine that after 10 years, and several court cases we would still be waiting for one key document. 

À la Banque mondiale, on s’interroge sur la valeur du tigre

Thu, 12/01/2011
À la Banque mondiale, on s’interroge sur la valeur du tigre

Il y a un an déjà, le Fonds international pour la protection des animaux était en Russie pour rencontrer les délégations des treize pays de l’aire de répartition du tigre. La conclusion sans équivoque que nous avions tirée alors est toujours d’actualité : nous ne pourrons pas sauver les tigres sans former et équiper convenablement les gardes forestiers qui les protègent.

New Duke University/IFAW study shows harp seals on thin ice

Time to face reality, end the commercial seal hunt

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Wed, 01/04/2012
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Time to face reality, end the commercial seal hunt
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Time to face reality, end the commercial seal hunt

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW www.ifaw.org) wants Canada’s 2012 commercial seal hunt to be called off due to conservation concerns raised by a new scientific report showing that climate change is negatively impacting harp seals.  Given the lack of demand for seal products, the Government of Canada should begin a process of permanently ending the commercial seal hunt, compensating sealers and providing support for transitioning them into other industries.

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TORONTO
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Michelle Cliffe (IFAW Canada)
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A state of emergency for endangered species

Wed, 01/04/2012
Reflections from demand reduction workshops

Reflections from demand reduction workshops

In late 2011, a series of workshops tackling specifically the rising demand in wildlife and wildlife products were held in succession in several Asian cities. From November 15-24, three separate workshops were convened in Beijing, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Some wonder if this flurry of activities focusing on reducing demand means a balance shift in our work. Since I attended two of the workshops, a journalist asked me the reason behind this seemingly sudden rush to control demand.

The One More Generation brother and sister team lands in South Africa

Thu, 12/22/2011
The One More Generation brother and sister team lands in South Africa

I am delighted to share with you these observations from two remarkable children and their family from the US who I am accompanying on a visit to one of the International Fund for Animal Welafare’s projects in South Africa.

Carter (now age 10.5) and his sister Olivia (now age 9) started their own non-profit organization, One More Generation (OMG), in 2009 to help save endangered species and clean up our environment.