IFAW collaborates with Spanish and Moroccan conservationists on Atlantic monk seal study

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During the month of May, IFAW’s Song of the Whale team will be working to assist the Action Plan for the Recovery of the Atlantic monk seal, which is part of the Bonn Convention;  In collaboration with Spanish conservationists from CBD-Habitat Fundacion, the Institute National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH) of Morocco, and Dakhla based NGO, Nature Initiative, the international team onboard Song of the Whale will conduct surveys to find out if the ‘critically endangered’ eastern Atlantic monk seal inhabits the coastline northwards from the Mauritanian border
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Dakhla, Morocco
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Bridget Jones (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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IFAW.org receives top international award for web sites

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Wed, 05/04/2005
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“We appreciate the recognition and encourage new users to visit ifaw.org to learn how to create a better world for animals and people,” said A.J. Cady, IFAW’s Director of Online Campaigns and Marketing.

IFAW will be honored alongside Al Gore at the Ninth Annual Webby Awards at Gotham Hall in New York City on June 6.

IFAW uses Kintera’s online marketing tools to campaign for animal welfare in 17 countries and 11 languages worldwide.

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Yarmouth Port MA
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IFAW applauds Arkansas ban on private ownership of lions, tigers and bears

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Thu, 04/21/2005
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“We applaud the Arkansas legislators who voted to pass this bill and particularly House Representative Phillip Jackson who originally introduced it, for their wisdom and foresight in protecting the public by prohibiting people from owning dangerous, wild and exotic animals,” said Josephine Martell, IFAW Campaign Officer.

Across the United States, legislators have come to recognize that private ownership of dangerous exotic animals is a national public safety threat.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Kerry Branon (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Canada kills 250,000 seal pups in annual hunt

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Thu, 04/21/2005
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The government sanctioned commercial hunt for seal pups opened in the Gulf of St Lawrence on 29 March 2005 and closed on 2 April 2005 resulting in the deaths of approximately 100,000 seal pups. On 15 April the hunt then moved on to the “Front” off the coast of Newfoundland where it continues with an estimated 150,000 harp seals already slaughtered.

Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt is the largest marine mammal hunt in the world.

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A sealer skins harp seals on a table set up on an ice floe, during the first day of the annual baby seal hunt in Canada. Canadian government has set a quota allowing 319,500 seal pups to be killed this year -- one of the largest quotas in the last 50 years.

IFAW gives Tibetan antelope more space to roam

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Mon, 04/11/2005
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Arjinshan is one of the primary ranges of Tibetan antelopes in the world and it has been threatened by livestock farming activities since the end of last century. In recent years, farmers gradually relocated themselves to lower altitudes out of the reserve, yet left about 6,000 acres of land enclosed by artificial fences. The remains of the fences are still threatening the survival of many wild animals by either barring their entry to feeding grounds or from migrating to their breeding destination.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Jeff He (IFAW, China)
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IFAW to South African Government: Return gorillas to Cameroon

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Thu, 04/14/2005
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An IFAW team yesterday freely gained access to the still-under-construction gorilla enclosure at the Pretoria Zoo and was able to view and photograph the young animals.

“In our opinion the gorillas are in fact already on public display witnessed by the fact that we photographed foreign tourists taking pictures of the animals unsupervised in the indoor enclosure of the new facility,” said Christina Pretorius, IFAW Southern Africa Communications Manager.

IFAW said today marks the first anniversary of the gorilla’s arrival in South Africa on 14 April 2005

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IFAW: Shell agrees to move oil pipeline to protect endangered Western Gray Whales

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Wed, 03/30/2005
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Shell announced today that they will move the pipeline 20 kilometers to the south, away from the main feeding area of the critically endangered Western Gray Whale. A coalition of environmental organizations from around the world has been demanding that Shell move the pipeline for several years.

This February, a group of internationally renowned IUCN experts published a scientific report confirming that the Sakhalin-2 project threatened the extinction of the Western Gray Whale.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Igor Beliatski (IFAW, Russia)
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Canada kicks off annual hunt for baby seals

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Tue, 03/29/2005
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“Many people mistakenly think Canada stopped hunting baby seals decades ago,” said Fred O’Regan, IFAW’s president and CEO. “But the size of Canada’s modern, commercial hunt is bigger now than it has been in 50 years.”

Each spring the entire Northwest Atlantic harp seal population migrates to the East Coast of Newfoundland to mate, give birth and nurse their young. In one of nature’s great wildlife spectacles, thousands of seals are born on the pristine ice floes off eastern Canada in early March.

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A seal hunter clubbing a seal on the ice floes off the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the 2004 hunt. 319,500 seals are expected to be killed in this year's hunt, which begins today.

Sixteen Years After Exxon Valdez Spill, Oil Continues to Kill Thousands of Seabirds Each Year

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Thu, 03/24/2005
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Recently, after an accidental spill from an offshore rig near St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, it was discovered that passing ships had taken advantage of the pollution to dump oil into the sea.
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IFAW supports call for on-the-spot fines to tackle illegal meat imports

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Wed, 03/23/2005
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Alarmingly, the NAO report reveals a possible link between bushmeat and organised crime. According to Government figures, in 2001 and 2002 bushmeat made up almost 14% of all illegal meat seizures (1), and the NAO report states that bushmeat constitutes around 2% of seizures of all products of animal origin (including fish and milk products).

“The illegal bushmeat trade means high profits and little chance of detection for those involved”, says Jenny Hawley, wildlife trade campaigner for IFAW UK.

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London, United Kingdom
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Rosa Hill (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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The bushmeat trade is pushing great ape species such as gorillas towards extinction.