Elephant poachers caught in Congo basin – two killed EU must step up efforts in elephant range states

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Thu, 03/17/2011

The lucrative nature of the illegal trade in ivory means that stakes are very high for both poachers and the rangers who protect the elephants. It is difficult to know the total cost in human and elephant lives but there is no doubt that thousands of elephants die every year from poaching as well as poachers, rangers and innocent bystanders.

The Chadian brigade for the protection of environment and anti-poaching seized AK-47s, horses and 15 ivory tusks from the poachers.

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Grey seal pups to be slaughtered days after I Love Nova Scotia Day

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Thu, 02/17/2011

“IFAW is stunned at the shortsightedness and arrogance of the Canadian government for allowing the slaughter of 60,000 grey seals to proceed, beginning today in Nova Scotia,” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “Allowing the brutal clubbing of roughly 80% of the pups born this year is completely irresponsible and has no basis in conservation. The few dollars that will be earned by the handful of sealers taking part in this slaughter is a pittance compared to the economic benefit offered by grey seals to this province as a tourism draw.”

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Rescued wild tiger alive and well

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In March 2010, the adult male tiger strayed into a house on a tea estate and attacked three people, killing two of them. The tiger, found hiding in a store room, was tranquilised and captured by IFAW-WTI vets assisting the Assam Forest Department

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IFAW: Share some love with Seals on I Love Nova Scotia Day

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Fri, 02/11/2011

With wildlife being such an important part of what’s wonderful about Nova Scotia, IFAW is asking Premier Dexter to celebrate the province’s wild seal populations and protect them, rather than allowing them to be inhumanely hunted for their fur.

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Chinese market for seal products: IFAW uncovers 18-year history of empty promises

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”The sealing industry last week admitted there is still a long way to go to promote seal meat in China,” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, ”but Canadian politicians have been promising that China will save the dying sealing industry since at least 1993, so this seems like a bit of a pipe dream. The Chinese -- and the majority of Canadians – haven’t ever consumed seal products, it’s not part of their diet.”

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IFAW urges Chinese consumers to reject cruelty-tainted seal products

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Wed, 01/12/2011

IFAW asserts that while this is a political agreement between China and Canada, Chinese consumers will be the ones to decide the fate of seal products. Once Chinese consumers are made aware of the realities of Canada’s commercial seal hunt, IFAW believes that they will reject the products, thereby making the deal irrelevant.  

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IFAW Urges China to Say “No” to Seal Products

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Tue, 01/11/2011

Rejected by the EU, which banned seal product sales last year, Canada has returned to China on the hunt for new consumers. The Canadian Government is assuming that Chinese consumers will condone the cruel slaughter of seals. “The Chinese eat anything”, said a seal industry executive to the Globe and Mail after a similar junket last year, “And they simply don’t understand why you would put one animal over another.”

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Japan urged to recall whaling fleet

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Thu, 12/02/2010

In defiance of global opposition and several international laws, the Japanese whaling fleet is heading for the pristine Southern Ocean Sanctuary to kill up to 935 minke whales and 50 endangered fin whales. In addition, Japan has still not formally abandoned plans to take 50 vulnerable humpback whales.

Despite the worldwide ban on commercial whaling, Japan hunts whales in Antarctica under the loophole of "scientific whaling".

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Dismay greets court ruling that puts captive lions back in the firing line

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Wed, 12/01/2010

“This ruling puts canned hunting right back on the agenda, and further entrenches South Africa’s image of a country that puts animal welfare last while profiteering from an abhorrent form of hunting practice,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director Southern Africa of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org).

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Dog and Cat Welfare in EU to be improved

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Mon, 11/29/2010

“This is the beginning of better animal welfare standards throughout the European Union,” says Kate Atema, IFAW’s Programme Director for Companion Animals.

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