“Let them eat seal”: undeterred by absence of seals, DFO announces increase in allowable catch.

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Mon, 03/15/2010
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“The Canadian government looks absurd calling for 330,000 seals to be slaughtered when there likely won’t be that many pups left alive to hunt” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW.

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Elephant experts urge CITES to protect elephants

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Sun, 03/21/2010
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Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants, Conservation biologist, Dr Sam Wasser and elephant research specialist Dr Joyce Poole of ElephantVoices and the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, presented data on the precarious state of elephant populations in Zambia and Tanzania and the urgent need for ongoing protection of elephants.

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CITES toughens up on illegal wildlife trade online

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Sun, 03/21/2010
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“Trade over the Internet poses one of the greatest threats to wildlife and undermines the CITES treaty itself,” said IFAW’s Paul Todd. “It is a vast global network that provides the cover of relative anonymity for wildlife traffickers, making it a huge enforcement challenge for Parties.”

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Tigers hang onto protection by their claws

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Sun, 03/21/2010
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Conservationists however, breathed a sigh of relief that Parties reaffirmed a decision from the previous CITES meeting that countries should not breed tigers for the trade of their parts and derivatives.

“We narrowly avoided making the Year of the Tiger into the Year of the dead tiger,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. “Illegal trade of tiger parts and products from farming operations are already stimulating demand for dead tigers which fuels poaching of wild tigers.”

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Senator Harb re-introduces Bill to end cruel seal hunt

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Wed, 03/10/2010
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"We are thrilled that Senator Harb remains true to this cause, and continues to show leadership and courage in speaking out on behalf of the majority of Canadians on this important issue" said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher with IFAW.

Senator Harb’s bill (S-207) is an amendment to the Fisheries Act and would prohibit the commercial hunting of seals in Canadian waters, while protecting the rights of aboriginal peoples to hunt seals.  Since its first introduction last March, Senator Harb has received almost 600,000 messages of support for his bill.

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Startling lack of ice in Gulf of St. Lawrence could be deadly for harp seals

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Tue, 02/23/2010

According to Environment Canada data, such a severe lack of ice has not been observed in eastern Canada in the past 30 years. IFAW experts are warning that the profound shortage of breeding habitat will have a lethal effect on harp seals.

“We are extremely concerned,” said Sheryl Fink, IFAW Senior Researcher. “Historically this is the week when harp seals begin to give birth to their pups in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Without ice, many mothers will be forced to abort their pups in the water.”  

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Ending Seal Hunt Makes Economic Cents

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Tue, 01/19/2010

The study by Dr. John Livernois, which is published in the journal Marine Policy this month, determines that the economic benefits of ending Canada’s commercial seal hunt far outweigh the costs. The paper determines that ending commercial sealing would save Canada a minimum of $6.9 million a year.

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Philippine volcano expected to erupt, IFAW to evacuate animals

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Tue, 12/29/2009

For the last two weeks, the 8,070-foot Mayon volcano has been spewing smoke, rock, and burning mud. The volcano recently pushed a cloud of ash nearly a mile into the air and geologists point to the volcano’s continuous lava flows, sulphuric dioxide emissions, and frequent tremors as indications that an eruption is looming.

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More than 100 elephants a day slaughtered by poachers –

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Tue, 10/20/2009

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) is calling for urgent action to protect elephants. It urges the European Union and all CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Parties to stop supporting one-off ivory sales, legal ivory trade and elephant down-listing proposals.

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IFAW deploys animal rescue team to the Philippines

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Wed, 09/30/2009

IFAW received a request for assistance this morning from the Philippines-based Animal Welfare Coalition which is working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture. The rescue team is out the door and will be arriving in the city within the next 24 hours.

“We need to move quickly,” said IFAW’s Disaster Relief Manager, Dick Green. “IFAW’s priority is to help mitigate the magnitude of the disaster for the affected people of Manila by giving attention to their animals which, in many cases, are all these people have left.”

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