Extraordinary victory for harp seals: Russia moves towards banning the whitecoat hunt

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Wed, 03/05/2008
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“We are very pleased that the Russian government is taking steps towards ending the whitecoat hunt,” remarked Masha Vorontsova, Director of IFAW Russia. “We acknowledge this step as an important achievement for animal welfare; however the government must do more -- we look forward to the full closure of the harp seal hunt in Russia.”
 
Russian opposition to the whitecoat harp seal hunt has grown considerably in the last year.
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IFAW returns rehabilitated black bears to wild in India

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Fri, 02/22/2008
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The bears were hand raised at the Center for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC), a project jointly managed by IFAW, WTI, and the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department. This unique rehabilitation center, located in northeast India's Arunachal Pradesh state, directs orphaned bears through an 'assisted' release programme. Before the bears are permanently released to the wild they are acclimatized to their future home which they roam free by day but return at night to sleep in the center. Today, 5 of the 11 bears at the center took the next step toward being released to the wild.
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Tezpur, India
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Rhino and elephants returned to wild in India, protected land increased

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Mon, 02/25/2008
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The animals, which were hand-raised at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) in Kaziranga National Park, were translocated yesterday, by truck, 450 kilometers to Manas National Park. Manas National Park is a World Heritage site in northeast India which has seen wildlife populations decline dramatically in recent decades. IFAW and WTI have been working together for several years to restore the park’s ecosystem, including increasing the populations of endangered animals.
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London's wildlife crime unit saved from the axe

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Fri, 02/08/2008
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In March the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they were intending to cut core funding for two of the four posts within the wildlife crime unit due to police budget constraints.
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African Nations sign Bamako Declaration to Save remaining Elephants

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Thu, 02/07/2008
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The African elephant range states included Mali, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.
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Bamako, Mali
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IFAW Applauds Sonar Injunction Against US Navy

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Wed, 02/06/2008
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The decision, issued by Judge Elizabeth Laporte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, orders all parties to negotiate the specific terms of the injunction, which will offer some relief to marine mammals from potentially lethal underwater sound blasts by prohibiting LFA sonar use in areas of the ocean identified as critical marine mammal habitat.
 
“This is a lifeline for whales and all marine mammals” said IFAW Washington, D.C., Office Director Jeffrey Flocken.
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Conservation on the Agenda, as 17 African Nations meet to talk Elephants

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Wed, 02/06/2008
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The delegates are from Mali, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.
 
“IFAW is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow conservationists from Africa and Asia”, remarked Kevin Shields, Wildlife and Habitat Programme Director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org). IFAW will be facilitating the meeting along with the hosts, the Mali and Kenya Governments.
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Train hits elephant herd, Three killed

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Tue, 02/05/2008
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The badly mutilated body of the female elephant was found at the site along with an aborted male foetus, suggesting that she was the first to be hit while leading the herd.
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China increases enforcement of illegal trade of wildlife on the Internet

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Mon, 02/04/2008
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But the fundamental challenges of combating this illegal trade, including the lack of a legal framework governing Internet trade, the anonymous nature of the Internet and the exponential explosion of Internet usage, remain.
 
“Illegal wildlife trade on the Internet is a global problem,” sais Dr. Meng Xianlin, Director of the China CITES Management Authority, who hailed the IFAW report for providing data invaluable to law enforcement.
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Beijing, China
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New Poll Shows an Overwhelming Majority of Chinese Public Supports Ban on Tiger Trade

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Wed, 01/30/2008
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The face-to-face survey of 1,880 people in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Harbin, Kunming and Shanghai was conducted by Horizon Key, one of China’s pre-eminent public polling companies.  Respondents, who statistically represent the entire adult populations of these cities, were asked questions about their use of tiger products, their preferences for products from wild versus farmed tigers and their attitudes toward conservation of wild tigers and China’s 1993 tiger-trade ban.
 
Ninety three percent of the respondents support China’s tiger
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