Whales Killed by Japan in Protected Waters

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Fri, 01/06/2006
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The footage shows Japanese whalers using a high-powered harpoon to gun the minke whale down.  The harpoon embeds in the minke’s back, hooking the large whale, but failing to kill it. The whale is then reeled in and tethered to the side of the boat with the harpoon still embedded in it.
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Japanese whalers use high powered harpoons to kill a minke whale. Despite a global ban on commercial whaling, Japan is currently hunting 935 minke whales in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary.

Wetstone to lead IFAW U.S. expansion

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Mon, 01/09/2006
IFAW currently has offices in 15 countries and an international headquarters in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. The appointment of Mr. Wetstone initiates the process of establishing a major new U.S. presence, including new IFAW offices planned for Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York and Miami.

Mr.

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IFAW Thrilled by Canada’s Green Party Stand on Commercial Seal Hunt

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Fri, 12/02/2005
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Party leader Jim Harris yesterday stated in a release that, “This government-subsidized seal hunt is a chapter in our history that needs to come to a close.”
 
“This is the first time in memory that the leader of a national party has spoken out against Canada's commercial seal hunt. This is historic,” said Olivier Bonnet, IFAW's Canadian Director.

Subsidies are key to supporting this cruel and wasteful hunt. Government-funded Coast Guard vessels smash pathways through the ice for sealers to gain access to the seals.

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IFAW’s Emergency Relief Team starts rescuing wildlife in Chile after Oil Spill

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Fri, 11/18/2005
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Following a request for help from Chile’s Antofagasta University an international team of experts from IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) with experience in oiled wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, arrived on the scene.

“We received the request of support through Dr. Carlos Guerra, Director of Wildlife Response of Antofagasta University”, said Beatriz Bugeda, Director of IFAW Latin America.

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Time to Rethink Elephant Culling

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Wed, 11/23/2005
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On Monday when they make presentations to the Department of Environment & Tourism (DEAT) headed by Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, a number of local and international animal welfare groups and scientists will present their views on why culling as a management tool to curtail the KNP’s elephant population is not an option.

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) and others will be weighing in against South African National Parks (SANParks), the custodians of KNP, which is calling for culling as a

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South African National Parks (SANParks) blame elephants for impacting on biodiversity within the Kruger National Park, yet so far they have not produced sufficient scientific evidence to back up this assumption.

Fifth Health camp for Captive Elephants at Sonpur

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Tue, 11/29/2005
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A three-member team from IFAW’s partner in India, the Wild Rescue Programme of Wildlife Trust of India, administered the health camps along with the Bihar Forest Department.

The 77 elephants receiving health checks is a significant rise in numbers over previous years.

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Holiday Gifts for Animals and People

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Fri, 12/02/2005
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Simply go to www.animalgift.org and make a donation in someone’s name to one of five IFAW campaigns.
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EP stands up for animals &#8220;trapped by bad science&#8221;

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Thu, 11/17/2005
Today’s decision follows the October vote in the Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, which had turned down the Directive proposed by the Commission considering it “very unsatisfactory” and describing it “difficult to improve by means of amendments.”

The main reason for the rejection of the proposal related to the lack of a scientific base for the suggested standards.

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Call for Ban on Captive Breeding as Investigation Reveals Wildlife Industry&#8217;s &#8220;Dirty Underbelly&#8221;

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Tue, 11/15/2005
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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) today released the findings and documentary film evidence of its investigation into the captive breeding of large predators in South Africa.

“Our evidence proves that captive breeding of large predators is an industry responsible for encouraging, supporting and enabling the abuse of wildlife,” said Helen Dagut, Campaigns Manager for IFAW Southern Africa.

“If captive breeding, other than for bona fide conservation purposes, was banned, we would rapidly

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It is estimated that about 3,000 lions are currently being held in captive breeding facilities in South Africa. IFAW recently completed an investigation into the industry which proves that captive breeding is an industry responsible for encouraging, supporting and enabling the abuse of wild life - providing prey for &quot;canned&quot; hunts and for the local and international wildlife trades.

Whaling season ends with more than 600 whales harpooned

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Tue, 11/01/2005
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Whalers had been hunting since April, the earliest start to the whaling season since Norway resumed commercial whaling in 1993, but they did not manage to harpoon the full catch allowance of 796 set by the Norwegian Government. This was despite two extensions to the deadline, originally set for the end of August.

Bad weather was blamed for low catches over the summer, but many boats continued to hunt. Whaling is now cheaper as boats are no longer required to have a human inspector on board to check boats comply with Norway’s whaling regulations.

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Norwegian whalers killed 639 minke whales in the 2005 whaling season.