Penguins rescued from oil pollution in South America

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Wed, 07/25/2007
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The continuous stream of oil from accidental spills and the deliberate, illegal discharge of oil from ships have created a chronic oiling problem across South America and other parts in the world. Seabirds are especially vulnerable to oiling.
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IFAW Calls on Congress to Pass Haley’s Act

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Tue, 07/24/2007
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Haley’s Act would amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to prohibit direct contact between the general public and big cats, including lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars and hybrids.  The bill does not discourage public display of big cats in accredited zoos, or housing big cats in sanctuaries, but rather seeks to strengthen safety for the public.  It also significantly increases fines for violations of the AWA to further encourage facilities to abide by the law and treat the animals well.
 
“Allowing public contact with big cat
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Washington, D.C.
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The Netherlands becomes the second EU nation to ban the trade in seal products

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Wed, 07/18/2007
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The ban officially removes the Dutch market from the international commercial seal trade, sending a strong message to the Canadian government that European markets for seal products are continuing to shrink.
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The Hague, Netherlands
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Yvette Brook (IFAW, The Netherlands)
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Tahoe wildlife rescued from devastating fires

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Wed, 07/11/2007
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In addition to bear cubs, affected species include bobcats, coyotes, porcupines, and squirrels. People encountering injured and dehydrated wildlife are asked to be careful. “Leave injured wildlife alone and call people who are trained,” said Cheryl Milham, Executive Director of  Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. "If there's something wrong, stay at a distance, you need to know what to do with wildlife.”
 
The United States Forest Service (USFS) has planned a program of forest thinning to help protect communities and the fragile Tahoe environment.
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IFAW’s whale research vessel ‘Song of the Whale’ visits Alexandria, Egypt

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Mon, 07/09/2007
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The event highlighted this summer’s cetacean survey of the eastern Mediterranean Sea which began in May. Mahmoud Fouad of the Department of Natural Resources at Egypt’s Ministry of Environment is among the 12 interns who are participating in SOTW’s current survey.
 
More than eighty people attended the dinner event, including Gen. Adel Labeeb, Governor of Alexandria; Dr. Mustafa Fouda, Director of Natural Resources at the Ministry of Environment; Dr, Ragy Fakhry Toma, Director of the Egyptian Wildlife Service; Dr.
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Alexandria, Egypt
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Azzedine Downes, Executive Vice President (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Canada’s 2007 commercial seal hunt crawls to a halt – harp seal population undergoes another year of unnecessary hunting

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Sat, 06/23/2007
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Statistics from Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) show that to date, 215,388 harp seals have been taken from the 270,000 harp seal quota for 2007. Final catch numbers will not be available until after the hunt closes and all pelts are counted.
 
“Based on our observation flights in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in March and April of this year, I’m not surprised that the sealers failed to fulfill their quota,” said Cheryl Jacobson, leader of IFAW’s Hunt Watch team.
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Ottawa, Canada
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The World Says no to Tiger Trade

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Wed, 06/13/2007
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Grace Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) expressed her delight, “We are extremely pleased that range states spoke up on behalf of their tiger populations in the wild.  Allowing the farming of tigers for trade would have been just another nail in the coffin for this flagship species.” 
 
So-called tiger “parks” in China have been commercially breeding tigers in captivity in the hope that the domestic ban on the sale
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Elephants get 9 year break!

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Thu, 06/14/2007
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The agreement allows Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to sell additional ivory under strictly monitored CITES processes,  but only those government stockpiles officially registered prior to January 31, 2007.
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Thousands of elephants saved by decision to suspend ivory trade.

Governments confront Internet trade at CITES; Sharks lose grip

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Fri, 06/08/2007
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An investigation conducted by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare; www.ifaw.org) in February revealed how the rampant trade in elephant ivory being carried out across eBay’s global network of auction sites is enabling consumers to literally bid for the extinction of the world’s largest land mammal.  CEEWEB (www.ceeweb.org), a network of environmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and IFAW partner, released the results of another investigation this week re
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Nations stand strong against commercial whaling at international meeting

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Thu, 05/31/2007
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Key anti-whaling actions included the adoption of a resolution condemning Japanese whaling, and a report by the IWC Scientific Committee that hotly criticized Japan’s so-called “scientific” whaling program.
 
IFAW Global Whale Program Manager Patrick Ramage, said from the meeting: “We are encouraged by the strengthened conservation majority at this year’s IWC meeting.
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Anchorage, Alaska
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