New Report Documents Massive Growth in Whale Watching

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The new report, ‘Whale Watching Worldwide’ comes as more than 80 countries debate the future of whaling and whale conservation at the 61st annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Madeira, Portugal. 

The new, country-by-country economic analysis shows more than 13 million people took whale watching tours last year in 119 countries worldwide, generating ticket fees and tourism expenditures of more than US$2.1 billion during 2008 (around £1.27bn).   The report also reveals dramatic growth of the whale watching indu

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Whaling Commission countries face critical choice – science and conservation or sanctioned slaughter

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Mon, 06/22/2009

Conservation-minded delegates to the week-long meeting said much is at stake for whales and decades of international efforts to protect them. 

Patrick Ramage, whale programme director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), said: “Our planet’s great whales face more threats today than at any time in history. It’s time to get rid of commercial whaling, not the whaling ban.”

An IWC moratorium on commercial whaling came into effect in 1986.

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Iceland urged to call off slaughter of endangered whales

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Mon, 06/22/2009

IFAW opposes whaling because it is unacceptably cruel – there is no humane way to kill a whale and research has shown that whales shot with explosive harpoons can take more than half an hour to die.

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World’s hottest creative talents compete to highlight work of the International Fund for Animal Welfare

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Mon, 06/22/2009

Portugal emerged triumphant in the print section after 34 teams at the Young Lions Competition at the 56th Cannes Lions Advertising Festival worked to a tight brief to design attention-grabbing adverts for IFAW, publicising the need for tourists to avoid buying wildlife souvenirs which could push threatened species closer to extinction.

The renowned competition aims to catapult the careers of rising stars in the advertising industry, while IFAW was one of this year’s chosen organisations presenting its work as a brief for the competition.

Josey Sharrad, UK camp

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29 Elephant Tusks Seized in Northern Kenya

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Wed, 05/06/2009
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The operation, which involved Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers, Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust (NWCT) scouts, and the local administration, began with the arrest of two Kenyan Somali poachers and one from the local community. An estimated eight other poachers escaped.  

“Some of the tusks appear to have been sawed off from the elephants,” said Titus Letaapo of NWCT.

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As whaling season begins new poll reveals strength of UK opposition to Iceland’s whale slaughter

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Tue, 05/26/2009
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Representatives from Campaign Whale, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) are handing in a letter of protest to Icelandic Ambassador Sverrir Haukur Gunnlaugsson at the Embassy this morning, calling for the country to act now to end whaling.

They also release the findings of a new opinion poll which reveals that the overwhelming majority of the British public (82%) is opposed to Iceland’s whaling.

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Epic rescue to save endangered elephants in Malawi

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Thu, 06/04/2009
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) has partnered with the government of Malawi to rescue animals and people from fierce human-elephant conflict in the Phirilongwe area, just south of Lake Malawi.

“Some elephants have had their trunks amputated by snares set by local villagers, while others are suffering from wounds caused by bullets, arrows and nail-embedded planks as well as poisoning.” said Jason Bell-Leask, IFAW Director Southern Africa.

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More than 60 endangered elephants are being evacuated to safety early next week.

Iceland Whalers Kill Two Endangered Fin Whales

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Fri, 06/19/2009
IFAW opposes whaling because it is unacceptably cruel – there is no humane way to kill a whale and research has shown that whales shot with explosive harpoons can take more than half an hour to die.

Opinion polling and independent economic research in Iceland has revealed little or no appetite for whale meat, while responsible whale watching, by contrast, is financially lucrative and one of Iceland’s biggest tourist draws.

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Historic victory for seals as EU bans trade with overwhelming majority

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Tue, 05/05/2009

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) applauded the decision as a significant victory in IFAW’s 40-year campaign to end Canada’s cruel commercial seal hunt. The ban will forbid the sale of seal products for profit within the EU with an exception for Inuit and other indigenous peoples.

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “The Parliament has hammered the final nail in the coffin of the sealing industry’s market in the EU.

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Hope for critically endangered whales as Russian energy consortium halts seismic activity

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Tue, 04/28/2009

The decision by the Sakhalin Energy Investment Company follows the recommendation of World Conservation Union (IUCN) scientists to discontinue seismic activity associated with controversial oil and gas extraction projects off the North-Eastern coast of Russia’s Sakhalin Island.

The Western Gray Whales Advisory Panel of IUCN recommended a moratorium on seismic activity in the area for at least this year.

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