IFAW’s whale research vessel ‘Song of the Whale’ visits Alexandria, Egypt

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Mon, 07/09/2007
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The event highlighted this summer’s cetacean survey of the eastern Mediterranean Sea which began in May. Mahmoud Fouad of the Department of Natural Resources at Egypt’s Ministry of Environment is among the 12 interns who are participating in SOTW’s current survey.
 
More than eighty people attended the dinner event, including Gen. Adel Labeeb, Governor of Alexandria; Dr. Mustafa Fouda, Director of Natural Resources at the Ministry of Environment; Dr, Ragy Fakhry Toma, Director of the Egyptian Wildlife Service; Dr.
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Alexandria, Egypt
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Canada’s 2007 commercial seal hunt crawls to a halt – harp seal population undergoes another year of unnecessary hunting

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Sat, 06/23/2007
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Statistics from Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) show that to date, 215,388 harp seals have been taken from the 270,000 harp seal quota for 2007. Final catch numbers will not be available until after the hunt closes and all pelts are counted.
 
“Based on our observation flights in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in March and April of this year, I’m not surprised that the sealers failed to fulfill their quota,” said Cheryl Jacobson, leader of IFAW’s Hunt Watch team.
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The World Says no to Tiger Trade

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Wed, 06/13/2007
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Grace Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) expressed her delight, “We are extremely pleased that range states spoke up on behalf of their tiger populations in the wild.  Allowing the farming of tigers for trade would have been just another nail in the coffin for this flagship species.” 
 
So-called tiger “parks” in China have been commercially breeding tigers in captivity in the hope that the domestic ban on the sale
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Elephants get 9 year break!

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Thu, 06/14/2007
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The agreement allows Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to sell additional ivory under strictly monitored CITES processes,  but only those government stockpiles officially registered prior to January 31, 2007.
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Governments confront Internet trade at CITES; Sharks lose grip

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Fri, 06/08/2007
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An investigation conducted by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare; www.ifaw.org) in February revealed how the rampant trade in elephant ivory being carried out across eBay’s global network of auction sites is enabling consumers to literally bid for the extinction of the world’s largest land mammal.  CEEWEB (www.ceeweb.org), a network of environmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and IFAW partner, released the results of another investigation this week re
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Nations stand strong against commercial whaling at international meeting

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Key anti-whaling actions included the adoption of a resolution condemning Japanese whaling, and a report by the IWC Scientific Committee that hotly criticized Japan’s so-called “scientific” whaling program.
 
IFAW Global Whale Program Manager Patrick Ramage, said from the meeting: “We are encouraged by the strengthened conservation majority at this year’s IWC meeting.
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US citizens stand behind global ban on elephant ivory trade

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“The people have spoken, and they are clearly saying they do not want the gruesome slaughter of elephants to continue unnecessarily,” says Cindy Milburn, IFAW’s US Regional Acting Director. “An estimated 20,000 elephants are killed annually, and the people are speaking out on their behalf through this poll.”

The UN - backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meets in The Hague on June 3-15.
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Nations asked to put differences aside at international whaling meeting

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Tue, 05/29/2007
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Nations meet to decide fate of world’s whales

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Mon, 05/28/2007
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Despite a 1986 global moratorium on commercial whaling, Japan currently hunts more than 1,200 whales a year for what it calls “scientific” whaling, in abuse of an IWC loophole that allows for the lethal research of whales. Whales hunted by Japan as part of its whaling program are processed and sold commercially within Japan. This year the nation has added 50 humpback whales to its self-allocated quota.
 
“The IWC is at a crucial crossroads,” said Patrick Ramage, head of IFAW’s Global Whale Campaign.
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Japan’s “scientific” whaling trashed by international scientists at global whale meeting

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In its report to the plenary meeting of IWC delegates, the Scientific Committee noted that, there was “little incentive” for Japan to produce data collected from its JARPN whaling program.
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