Canned Hunting and Captive Breeding Report Regarded a “Good Start”

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“While IFAW does not condone hunting we would welcome the adoption of measures that would help to stamp out the rampant abuses we know to take place in this industry,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Southern Africa Director of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org).

“The report is a good start in paving the way to a better regulated, if still totally abhorrent industry and which no-one - except those most likely to profit – would disagree is in dire need of an overhaul.

“The R

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Welfare groups gear up for major legal challenge against Government

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The legal appeal, by IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare), RSPCA Australia and Humane Society International (HSI), will begin on Tuesday (11 October). It is expected to last less than two working weeks.

They are challenging a decision, made by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, to allow the import of eight Asian elephants to Taronga and Melbourne zoos.

It will begin at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 55 Market Street, Sydney, at 10am.

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Leading Animal Welfare Group Applauds “Common-Sense” Government Crocodile Decision

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Thu, 10/06/2005
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The Federal Government has upheld its long-held policy banning trophy hunting of Australian native animals for export.

Senator Campbell has today ruled (6 October) against a proposal by the Northern Territory Government to allow up to 25 crocodiles to be killed by commercial trophy hunters. Plans included the export of crocodile parts, such as heads and skins.

IFAW Asia Pacific Campaigner Rebecca Brand said: “Upholding the ban on the trophy hunting of crocodiles in the Northern Territory is a common-sense and very welcome decision.

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69% of Canadian voters oppose commercial seal hunt

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Tue, 09/20/2005
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"When it comes to the commercial seal hunt, this poll shows that opposition literally starts on the doorsteps of Parliament Hill and extends across the country," said IFAW Canada’s Director, Olivier Bonnet.

Opposition to specific aspects of the seal hunt was even higher with some 77 per cent of voters, stating an opinion, calling for a ban on the killing of seals under three months of age and 78 per cent opposed to government subsidies for the hunt.

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International Conference to Address Oiled Wildlife Problem

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Thu, 08/04/2005
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This year’s conference, hosted by Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, brings together 250 of the world’s leading professional oiled wildlife responders to collaborate on oil spill prevention initiatives, contingency planning and oiled wildlife response efforts worldwide.
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Arab League Calls for Collaboration to Fight Wildlife Crime

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Wed, 07/13/2005
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"Working on the ground in 15 countries around the world has given IFAW an opportunity to help many states build their wildlife law enforcement capacity," said Executive Vice President Azzedine Downes, "the Arab League's efforts to enforce CITES regulations will help protect the animals so important to Arab traditions and history for generations to come."

In the year leading up to the next CITES CoP14, taking place in the Netherlands, IFAW will help facilitate the meeting of Arab States in order for those members to hold conversations amongst themselves abou

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Kenya Government to Export Wildlife to Zoo in Thailand

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Wed, 07/06/2005
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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare –www.ifaw.org) today condemned the decision by the Kenyan Government saying that it sends the wrong message to the world. 

Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra requested wildlife for the zoo during a meeting late last year with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki. The Chiang Mai Night Safari Park is a project launched by Shinawatra and animals from other countries have been requested from private zoos and donors.

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Iceland's Whaling Boats Resume Hunt

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Wed, 07/06/2005
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) had earlier urged the Icelandic government to reject this quota, recommended by Iceland's Marine Research Institute several weeks ago, and call an end to so-called scientific whaling.

A joint statement by the British, French and German governments in May also strongly criticized the MRI's proposals for 39 minke whales to be taken.  Since August 2003, 62 minke whales have been killed in Iceland's coastal waters in the name of science.

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Elephant Tragedy an Accident Waiting to Happen

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Wed, 06/22/2005
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On Tuesday, a bull elephant killed an elephant handler at the Knysna Elephant Park, between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, reportedly while out on a morning excursion.

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org)  and its partner organisation, the Ethical Conservation Network (ECN), have expressed dismay at the tragedy but warned that, as elephant tourism becomes more extensive, the chance of more people being injured and possibly killed by the giant pachyderms becomes more likely.

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IFAW Urges China to Say No to Japanese Whaling

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Tue, 06/14/2005
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Japan threatens to break the 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling set up by the IWC. Senior Japanese official Yoshimasa Hayashi told AFP in Washington recently "We are running out of patience after waiting for 20 years," Media reports reveal that Japan proposes to double the quota of whales killed disguise as “scientific research, expand whaling to include other species of whales and conduct whaling in internationally established whale sanctuaries.
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