IFAW welcomes European Parliament call for stronger action to combat illegal wildlife trafficking

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Thu, 11/24/2016
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Today, the European Parliament voted with 567 votes in favour (and 6 against), an important own-initiative report by Catherine Bearder MEP (ALDE, UK) in response to the Commission publication of the  EU action plan against wildlife trafficking last 26th of February (see note to the editors below).

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Strasburg, France
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Eleonora Panella, IFAW EU Office
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Wildlife Law Enforcement Agencies Gather to Enhance Skills of Wildlife Law Prosecution

Publication Date: 
Tue, 11/15/2016
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Wildlife Law Enforcement Agencies Gather to Enhance Skills of Wildlife Law Prose

In spite of evidence showing wildlife crime is linked to other forms of serious offenses, most countries apply wildlife policies and legislation that fail to treat wildlife poaching and trafficking as a serious offence.  As a result of the weak laws, wildlife crime offenders are never profiled despite their despicable acts of illegal killing and trafficking of wildlife.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Jacqueline Nyagah, IFAW, East Africa
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Where do elephants go?

Publication Date: 
Wed, 11/02/2016
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Where do elephants go?

Two elephants in the Amboseli ecosystem have today been fitted with tracking collars. The collars transmit a satellite and radio signal using global positioning system (GPS) technology to map out the elephants’ migratory routes and identify how expansively the elephants travel in search of water and vegetation. The fitting of collars was conducted by a team of scientists, researchers and veterinarians from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in collaboration with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

 

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Amboseli, Kenya
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Urgent measures to prevent critically endangered vaquita from sliding into extinction approved by International Whaling Commission

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Thu, 10/27/2016
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Urgent measures to prevent critically endangered vaquita from sliding into extin

Urgent conservation measures to try to save the world’s most threatened species of dolphin from extinction have been approved at the 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Portoroz, Slovenia.

The critically endangered vaquita, a tiny porpoise which is endemic to the Gulf of California, Mexico, is at risk of disappearing completely in the next few years with recent estimates suggesting it currently numbers less than 59 animals.

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Portoroz, Slovenia
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Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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A win for whales and a blow against Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling at the International Whaling Commission

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Thu, 10/27/2016
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A win for whales and a blow against Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling at the Internat

Anti-whaling nations scored a victory on the penultimate day of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia, today as a resolution was passed to ensure tighter scrutiny of Japan’s permitting process for its so-called scientific whaling.

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Portoroz, Slovenia
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Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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Japan’s resumption of Antarctic ‘scientific whaling’ under the spotlight as key meeting of International Whaling Commission convenes

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Fri, 10/21/2016
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Japan’s resumption of Antarctic ‘scientific whaling’ under the spotlight as key

As delegates from around the world converge on Portoroz, Slovenia for the opening of the 66th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Monday, pro and anti-whaling nations are set to clash over Japan’s so-called ‘scientific whaling’.

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London, United Kingdom
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Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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A Sense of Urgency in Conserving Wildlife Trump Trade at CITES

Publication Date: 
Wed, 10/05/2016
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A Sense of Urgency in Conserving Wildlife  Trump Trade at CITES

As the world’s biggest wildlife trade jamboree wrapped up in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday, the general consensus was that conservation trumped commerce in many significant votes for animals.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) takes place once every three years, and this year brought together over 4,000 representatives from governments and the conservation community to debate issues with regards to the trade in endangered wild animals and plants..

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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CITES Hits Control, Alt, Delete on Cybercrime

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Tue, 10/04/2016
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CITES Hits Control, Alt, Delete on Cybercrime

Cybercriminals are the latest losers at the CoP17 of CITES following the Decision to ratify a commitment by all 183 Parties to stamp out illegal online wildlife trade.

The Decision requires all Parties to take a raft of measures to ensure that cybercrime is stopped, bring together governments, enforcers and online tech companies, in a common mission to save wildlife.

 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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Better protection for sharks and rays decided at CITES

Publication Date: 
Mon, 10/03/2016
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Better protection for sharks and rays decided at CITES

IFAW has welcomed the decision today by the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to give protection to the Silky shark, Thresher sharks and Devil rays by including them in Appendix II. It lists species which may become threatened and allows trade only if it is not detrimental to the survival of the species.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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Botswana Throws down Gauntlet for Elephants

Publication Date: 
Mon, 10/03/2016
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Botswana Throws down Gauntlet for Elephants

Botswana has publicly recognized the elephant crisis and has thrown down the gauntlet by breaking with the group of Southern African countries that traditionally promote legalization of ivory, and declaring they can no longer support legal sales of ivory.

 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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