New Report Documents Massive Growth in Whale Watching

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Tue, 06/23/2009

The new, country-by-country economic analysis shows more than 13 million people took whale watching tours last year in 119 countries worldwide, generating ticket fees and tourism expenditures of more than US$2.1 billion during 2008.   The report also shows dramatic growth of the whale watching industry in Asia, the Pacific, South America, the Caribbean and Europe significantly outpacing global tourism growth rates over the past decade.  More than 3,000 whale watching operations around the world now employ an estimated 13,200 people.  Internation

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Canada’s 2009 commercial seal hunt crawls to a halt – more than 200,000 seal pups spared

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Mon, 06/15/2009

The decrease in the number of seals killed coincides with remarkably low prices offered for seal pelts this year and the announcement of a European Union-wide ban on the importation and marketing of seal products.  

“The lack of demand for seal products this year means that over 200,000 baby seal pups have been spared a cruel and unnecessary death" said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW.

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China animal welfare law under review while 36,000 dogs culled

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Tue, 06/16/2009
According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) Asia Regional Director, Grace Ge Gabriel, “Mass killing of dogs is ineffective in controlling rabies in the long-term. By choosing not to implement a sensible rabies vaccination program, Hanzhong government has failed to protect the health of its citizens.
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European Union bans the sale of seal products

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Tue, 05/05/2009

“The Parliament has hammered the final nail in the coffin of the sealing industry’s market in the EU,” said Lesley O’Donnell, Director of IFAW EU. “MEPs clearly heeded the tens of thousands of emails, postcards and messages sent by IFAW supporters from across Europe.”

It is a testament to the strong political will and determination of the three European political institutions that they were able to come to a first agreement reading.

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The European Parliament today voted in favour of a ban on the trade of all seal products within the EU.

IFAW animal rescue underway in quake-ravaged Italy

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Fri, 04/17/2009

“One of the immediate challenges faced at this time is with displaced pets that need food in the tent cities,” said IFAW veterinarian Anand Ramanathan. “Another urgent problem is locating livestock in the mountains, especially cattle which need to be milked periodically. If we don’t reach these animals in time, the result could be mastitis or other dangerous infections.”

Immediately after the quake hit, a 24-hour Veterinary Emergency Hotline was set up and IZS began treating injured animals.

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IFAW enforcement training prompts unprecedented wildlife seizure in Caribbean, 1000+ animals confiscated

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Fri, 05/01/2009

On Saturday, the accused parties reportedly received information that two men had arrived on the beach in a boat stacked to the brim with protected wildlife species from Venezuela. The officers then went to the beach and robbed the men at gunpoint.

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One of the confiscated animals, a capuchin monkey.

IFAW Headquarters Named Top Green Building

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Thu, 04/16/2009

“We are honored to receive AIA’s top ten green award,” said IFAW President Fred O’Regan. “Our international headquarters is a platform for our campaigns around the world. The green design reflects our commitment to protect animals, their habitats and the environment.”

The 2009 COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology.

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No market for pelts overshadows expanded seal hunt quota

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Wed, 04/08/2009

“Of course we are pleased,” said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). “If market conditions ultimately lead to the demise of this inhumane slaughter, that’s fine by us.

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Japan's whalers return with bloody sway

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Tue, 04/14/2009

Three whaling vessels returned to Shimonoseki port yesterday morning and the accident prone factory vessel, the Nisshin Maru, is expected to return today. 

According to Japan’s Fisheries Agency, the whalers have killed 679 minke whales and 1 fin whale, an endangered species - around 70 percent of Japan’s self-allocated quota (935 minke whales and 50 fin whales).  This year’s kill brings the total number of whales killed by Japan under its so-called ‘scientific’ research program in the Southern Ocean to 9,408.

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Canadian Senator Mac Harb observes seal hunt and renews his effort to end it

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Sun, 03/29/2009
"Continuing to defend the commercial seal hunt is not the answer," said Senator Mac Harb. "The government can’t go on burying its head in the sand and pretending everything is going to be okay.
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