Time to Rethink Elephant Culling

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Wed, 11/23/2005
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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Cape Town, South Africa
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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.

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

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Fri, 11/18/2005
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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Mexico City, Mexico
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Nick Jenkins (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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IFAW ER team members Sergio Heredia and Jose Maria Barredo examine a pelican.

Call for Ban on Captive Breeding as Investigation Reveals Wildlife Industry’s “Dirty Underbelly”

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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 "canned" hunts and for the local and international wildlife trades.

IFAW Launches Project to Address Stray Dog Problem in Dominica

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Thu, 11/10/2005
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A morning ceremony in the Roseau Botanical Gardens celebrated the project. Local veterinarians, police officers and volunteers who passed a training course were awarded certificates. Several key government officials were in attendance including: Dominica's Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit; Councillor Dorothy Bellot of the RCC; Police Inspector David Andrews; and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment, Hon. Dr. John Colin McIntyre. Officials joined with Mr.
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Roseau, Dominica
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Lou Cafiero (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Young Dominican children and adults brought their pets to IFAW's spay-a-thon.

Conservationists say No to Wildlife Gift as Thai Prime Minister Visits Kenya

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Tue, 11/08/2005
Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is currently on a three-day official visit to Kenya and it is expected that his Government will follow-up on the proposal made late last year when the Kenyan President visited Thailand.

“In January this year, the then Minister of Tourism & Wildlife Raphael Tuju stated that this matter will be considered in the best interest of the country.  The Kenya Government has kept this issue under wraps for a year now.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Elizabeth Wamba (IFAW, Eastern Africa)
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Kenya has less than 500 black rhinos, having been wiped out by poaching in the 1970s and 80s.

Japanese Whaling Fleet Bound for International Whale Sanctuary

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Tue, 11/08/2005
IFAW and other marine conservationists worldwide criticized today’s move, which marks a sharp escalation in Japan’s whaling activities. Japan’s new, self-allocated whaling quota will double the number of whales it kills each year in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary, established by the IWC in 1994.
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Shimonoseki, Japan
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Japan will kill up to 935 minke whales and ten fin whales during the next six months as part of its whaling program. <BR>

Hurricane Dog Flies Cross-Country to Reunite With Family

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Tue, 10/04/2005
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Benetting is one of more than 5,000 companion animals affected by Hurricane Katrina, many of which are only now able to reunite with their owners who were displaced by the disaster. Pedro Garnica and his wife and son evacuated out of the hurricane zone with their dog to a shelter in Baton Rouge, but after two days there, Benetting was taken from them by local police, who cited the shelter's 'no dog' policy. "My wife and son cried so hard, and then I began to cry too," said Pedro Garnica of being separated from his dog.
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Peter Garnica, 16 yrs plays with Benetting, his 1yr old labrador which he was reunited with in Long Beach, CA. Peter and his dog were separated in Louisiana during the families evacuation from hurricane Katrina.

Whaling season ends with more than 600 whales harpooned

Publication Date: 
Tue, 11/01/2005
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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London, United Kingdom
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Norwegian whalers killed 639 minke whales in the 2005 whaling season.

IFAW's Special Week is World's Largest Animal Event

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Tue, 10/04/2005

The theme of this year’s event – “Caring for Our Best Friends” – focuses on dogs and cats and the problems they face due to cruelty and overpopulation. All the materials, many interactive, are available for free at the IFAW web site (www.ifaw.org).

 

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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<p>IFAW&#39;s Jennifer Jones with a Hurricane Katrina Dog at the Houston SPCA</p>

IFAW, Kenya Wildlife Service to Enhance Tsavo National Park

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Thu, 09/22/2005
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The IFAW-KWS partnership will support in the purchase of vehicles for security patrols as well as for human-wildlife conflict management. The project will also increase and maintain road networks, build rangers’ houses, establish and renovate security bases and purchase radio communication systems for use in vast area that is considered the crown jewel of Kenyan wildlife habitat.

 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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