Press Content Pane http://www.ifaw.org/africa/theme/press/rss.xml/124/18 en Norway stops subsidising commercial seal hunt effectively ending commercial seal hunting in Europe http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/norway-stops-subsidising-commercial-seal-hunt-effectively-ending-commercial-seal-hunting-europe <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 10/28/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="199" title="Norway stops subsidising commercial seal hunt effectively ending commercial seal hunting in Europe" alt="Norway stops subsidising commercial seal hunt effectively ending commercial seal" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Beater_Seal_300px_4.jpg?1414505413" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>The Norwegian government has announced it will no longer waste money propping up an unnecessary commercial seal hunt citing the need to manage &ldquo;economic priorities.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;This is brilliant news and it will save tens of thousands of seals a cruel death. This is also tremendous success for the EU ban on commercial seal products. By closing our markets to cruelty Europeans can be proud of ending cruelty elsewhere,&rdquo; said Sonja Van Tichelen, IFAW EU Regional Director.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/norway-stops-subsidising-commercial-seal-hunt-effectively-ending-commercial-seal-hunting-europe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Political advocacy Seals Commercial seal hunt EU ban on seal products Norway seal hunt seals Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:13:16 +0000 adintino 101807 at http://www.ifaw.org Animal heroes from around the UK to receive awards http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/animal-heroes-around-uk-receive-awar-0 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 10/21/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>Animal heroes will tomorrow (Tuesday) receive prestigious awards for their outstanding work from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (<a href="http://www.ifaw.org/">www.ifaw.org</a>).</p> <p>IFAW&rsquo;s annual Animal Action Awards ceremony will be hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Gale and presented by naturalist and broadcaster Bill Oddie.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/animal-heroes-around-uk-receive-awar-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dogs & Cats Seals Whales Animal rescue Wildlife trade Education Dogs & Cats Seals Whales aae animal action awards Animal Action Education Animal Heros companion animals dogs illegal wildlife trade otters rescue dog seals whales Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:12:10 +0000 adintino 101751 at http://www.ifaw.org WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/wto-rules-favour-european-union-seal-product-ban <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 05/22/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="201" title="WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban" alt="WTO Rules in Favour of European Union Seal Product Ban" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Seal%20Pelt_300_0.jpg?1400770754" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>IFAW &ndash; the International Fund for Animal Welfare &ndash; is delighted that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has largely upheld the European Union&rsquo;s ban on seal products. As in an earlier first instance ruling, the WTO found that moral considerations &mdash; including concerns about animal welfare &mdash; can justify trade restrictions. As a consequence only small adjustment will need to be made.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/wto-rules-favour-european-union-seal-product-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Political advocacy Seals EU ban on seal products seal products ban seals WTO Thu, 22 May 2014 15:10:04 +0000 adintino 100350 at http://www.ifaw.org IFAW Condemns Demand to Reopen Whitecoat Hunt http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/ifaw-condemns-demand-reopen-whitecoat-hunt <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 04/25/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="203" title="IFAW Condemns Demand to Reopen Whitecoat Hunt" alt="IFAW Condemns Demand to Reopen Whitecoat Hunt" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/white_coat_300px.jpg?1398450540" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>Seal hunters from the Magdalen Islands, Quebec, are asking that the nearly 30-year old ban on the commercial hunting of whitecoat harp seals (nursing pups) be lifted.</p> <p>According to a report published April 20th in the Montr&eacute;al newspaper Le Soleil, Gil Th&eacute;riault, Director of the Magdalen Islands Seal Hunters Association, claims that &ldquo;it was a mistake&rdquo; to stop the hunting of whitecoats in 1987. In an April 25th follow-up story, sealers argue that the whitecoat hunt should be permitted to allow them easier access to seal pups.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/ifaw-condemns-demand-reopen-whitecoat-hunt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Seals Commercial seal hunt Inuit seal hunt Magdalen Islands Seal Hunters Association seals whitecoat harp seals whitecoats Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:37:29 +0000 adintino 100033 at http://www.ifaw.org IFAW: Commercial Seal Hunt Opens, Continues to Require Government Support http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/ifaw-commercial-seal-hunt-opens-continues-require-government-support <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 04/14/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-optional"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_optional" width="300" height="199" title="IFAW: Commercial Seal Hunt Opens, Continues to Require Government Support" alt="IFAW: Commercial Seal Hunt Opens, Continues to Require Government Support" src="http://d2mlnkprj9wd81.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Beater_Seal_300px_3.jpg?1397571163" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>After over 30 years of trying to revive the commercial seal hunt, and over $50 million in government support, the hunt will proceed again in 2014 despite the lack of markets. 
</p> <p>&ldquo;This hunt has been on life support for 20 years. It will never come back to previous levels. When will governments in Ottawa and St. John&rsquo;s start to think about the future, and help sealers transition out of this failed industry?&rdquo; says Sheryl Fink, Wildlife Campaigns Director of IFAW Canada.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/ifaw-commercial-seal-hunt-opens-continues-require-government-support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Political advocacy Seals Canada Canada commercial seal hunt seal hunt seals Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:21:27 +0000 adintino 99924 at http://www.ifaw.org Animal Welfare Not a Trade Barrier says WTO in EU Seal Case http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/animal-welfare-not-trade-barrier-says-wto-eu-seal-case <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 11/25/2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="node-body"><p>The World Trade Organisation (WTO) today released its first panel ruling on animal welfare in the trade dispute between&nbsp; Canada and Norway challenging the European Union regulation forbidding the placing on the market of seal products derived from commercial hunts. Concluding&nbsp; that&nbsp; animal welfare is a globally recognised issue and a valid public moral concern,&nbsp; the panel considered that the EU was right in adopting trade restricting measures to address these concerns.</p> </div><p><a href="http://www.ifaw.org/africa/news/animal-welfare-not-trade-barrier-says-wto-eu-seal-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Seals Political advocacy Seals Animal welfare Commercial seal hunt EU EU ban on seal products seal products seals The World Trade Organisation WTO Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:56:46 +0000 adintino 98400 at http://www.ifaw.org