IFAW rescues dolphins stranded off coast of Cape Cod

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Fri, 03/12/2010
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IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue team mobilized after reports that a pod of dolphins were trapped in the mud flats off Wellfleet, MA. A total of sixteen dolphins were found stranded in two locations, ten in Drummer’s Cove and six in Loagy Bay.

In Loagy Bay, four of the dolphins were rescued but one was found dead and another was in such poor health it had to be euthanized. In Drummer’s Cove, two dolphins were rescued but rescuers were unable to free eight others from waist-deep mud.

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Startling lack of ice in Gulf of St. Lawrence could be deadly for harp seals

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Tue, 02/23/2010
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According to Environment Canada data, such a severe lack of ice has not been observed in eastern Canada in the past 30 years. IFAW experts are warning that the profound shortage of breeding habitat will have a lethal effect on harp seals.

“We are extremely concerned,” said Sheryl Fink, IFAW Senior Researcher. “Historically this is the week when harp seals begin to give birth to their pups in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Without ice, many mothers will be forced to abort their pups in the water.”  

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Guelph, Canada
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Philippine volcano expected to erupt, IFAW to evacuate animals

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Tue, 12/29/2009
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For the last two weeks, the 8,070-foot Mayon volcano has been spewing smoke, rock, and burning mud. The volcano recently pushed a cloud of ash nearly a mile into the air and geologists point to the volcano’s continuous lava flows, sulphuric dioxide emissions, and frequent tremors as indications that an eruption is looming.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass
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Administration Misses Deadline to List Arctic Reindeer

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Wed, 12/16/2009
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In September 2009, IFAW submitted a petition presenting substantial scientific and commercial information indicating that Peary and Dolphin-Union caribou are threatened with extinction by the effects of global climate change.  

The Service failed to respond within the 90 days required under the Endangered Species Act, a likely product of understaffing and underfunding of the nation’s vital Endangered Species Program.  

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Washington, D.C.
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“Unnatural Disasters: The Impacts of Climate-related Emergencies on Wildlife, Livestock, and Companion Animals”

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Mon, 12/07/2009
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“The detrimental consequences of climate change for both human communities and animal populations around the globe are profound,” said Mayumi Sakoh, legislative assistant, IFAW and lead author of the report. “By inflicting additional pressures on the already stressed environment, climate change is causing an increase in climate-related natural disasters and irrevocable damage to the planet’s bionetworks. We must be equipped to mitigate the immediate impacts of these catastrophic events on both people and the animals upon which we rely.”

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More than 100 elephants a day slaughtered by poachers –

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Tue, 10/20/2009
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) is calling for urgent action to protect elephants. It urges the European Union and all CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Parties to stop supporting one-off ivory sales, legal ivory trade and elephant down-listing proposals.

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James Kinney, (IFAW-HQ)
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Leonardo DiCaprio kicks off IFAW's Animal Action Week (October 4-10, 2009)

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Sun, 10/04/2009

IFAW encourages teachers and children across the globe to engage with nature during Animal Action Week, which takes place annually during early October. The week marks the launch of an international educational program with a different animal welfare and conservation theme each year.

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IFAW deploys animal rescue team to the Philippines

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Wed, 09/30/2009
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IFAW received a request for assistance this morning from the Philippines-based Animal Welfare Coalition which is working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture. The rescue team is out the door and will be arriving in the city within the next 24 hours.

“We need to move quickly,” said IFAW’s Disaster Relief Manager, Dick Green. “IFAW’s priority is to help mitigate the magnitude of the disaster for the affected people of Manila by giving attention to their animals which, in many cases, are all these people have left.”

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Philippines
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Import cat and dog fur? Canadian government says yes.

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Thu, 09/24/2009
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“It is absolutely appalling that Canada’s government remains willing to engage in the trade of cat and dog fur simply to protect the cruel and unnecessary seal slaughter” said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org).

The revelation is especially surprising in light of the fact that Prime Minister Harper and his wife are known cat lovers who support and participate in the Ottawa Humane Society’s Foster Program.

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Guelph, Ontario
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IFAW workshop in Guyana targets illegal wildlife trade

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Mon, 06/01/2009
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This is the third wildlife law enforcement training being held by IFAW in the region since 2007. The trainings cover implementation and enforcement of international wildlife law, interagency cooperation, intelligence techniques, species identification, management of physical and forensic evidence, and the care and transport of confiscated animals.

The wider Caribbean is rich in biodiversity and home to many commercially important species such as parrots, macaws, snakes and amphibians. However, the illegal and unsustainable trade in wildlife presents a major threat.

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Georgetown, Guyana
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