Norwegian Sealers Fined for Animal Welfare Abuses

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Thu, 03/11/2010
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The fines were for a number of different offences including hooking seals without first ensuring that the seals were dead.

The fines themselves totaled 70 000 NOK (€8 700) for the ship’s owner and 30 000 NOK (€3 700) for the ship’s captain. The size of the fines was due to the fact that both the captain and owner had been fined in 2005 for similar offences.

The fines will likely be contested and the matter is expected to go to court.

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CITES advises rejection of Tanzanian elephant proposal

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Tue, 03/16/2010

“Parties need to apply their own rigorous evaluations of the Panel of Experts reports as neither proposal meets the biological criteria for downlisting,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa.  “Both populations have suffered significant declines over the past three decades and there is evidence to suggest that these populations are still recovering from intensive poaching in the 1980’s.”

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Plan to Legalize Whaling Considered During EU Year of Biodiversity

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Tue, 02/23/2010
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“Whales face mounting threats such as ship strikes and ocean noise, not to mention ‘scientific whaling’ and it is outrageous to even consider a proposal that would see them further endangered,” said IFAW EU Director Lesley O’Donnell. “EU member countries and the people of Europe have committed to a world free from whaling and should not be held to ransom by three countries that have stubbornly pursued this cruel slaughter.”

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Investigation finds EU Internet wildlife trade threatens endangered animals IFAW calls on EU to reign in wildlife e-commerce

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Fri, 03/05/2010
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“With our most recent investigations into internet wildlife trade, it is clear that the EU has an enormous crisis on its hands. Everyday thousands of endangered wildlife specimens are being traded throughout the EU, threatening the very survival of countless species. The EU must take steps to halt the rising tide of biodiversity loss by enforcing tough wildlife trade policies, and by completely banning elephant ivory products,” said IFAW EU Director Lesley O’Donnell.

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Norwegian sealers condemned for cruelty by government inspector

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Mon, 02/15/2010
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"Last year the European Parliament overwhelmingly backed a ban on the sale of seal products in the EU on the basis of clear evidence that this trade is inherently cruel,” said MEP Arlene McCarthy. “This new report yet again demonstrates the unnecessary suffering caused by the seal hunt. It is time for the last few countries that still conduct a commercial seal hunt to heed world opinion and the evidence of their own inspectors and bring this unacceptable practice to an end."

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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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European Union finalizes seal product ban – European markets to officially close in 2010

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Mon, 07/27/2009
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“There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment today after years of hard work,” said Lesley O’Donnell, Director of IFAW EU. “Already this year we’ve seen how the prospect of the ban dampened the seal hunt and saved the lives of thousands of seals. Over the coming year we will closely monitor the implementation process until the ban comes into enforcement which should be during the summer of 2010. We expect the commercial seal hunt to continue its inevitable decline over the coming years until it is wiped out once and for all.”

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Wildlife Groups ask Countries to Propose Halt to Polar Bear Trade

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Mon, 09/07/2009
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In 2008, the United States listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. This ended the importation to the United States of trophies of polar bears killed by American sport hunters. Although hunters from other countries can still import trophies, the United States was by far the largest importer and American trophy hunters had driven this large-scale commercial killing. Most polar bear trophies imported to the U.S. were from Canada.

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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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IFAW granted full consultative status with IMO.

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Fri, 07/03/2009
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Following the recommendation of a working group formed of representatives from Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Ghana, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and United States, the Council agreed to convert the consultative status granted to IFAW on a provisional basis to full consultative status. The Group expressed the view that “IFAW’s participation in the work of the IMO has been active and IFAW would, in all likehood, make further contributions, in view of the work programme of the MEPC [Marine Environmental Protection Committee], in particular.

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