Rare Falcons Confiscated at Moscow Airport

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Mon, 11/22/2010
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The birds – called gyrfalcons – were discovered in two cartons being loaded with luggage into the hold of a plane bound for the Middle East. They were swaddled in cloth, hooded, and packed four to a box. The woman who checked the cartons as luggage was removed from the plane and detained. She has been released pending a court appearance.

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China’s ‘art ambassador’ makes summit plea to save tigers

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Son, 11/21/2010
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The summit, which is hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has brought together heads of state and ministers from 13 tiger range countries. This crucial event for the future survival of wild tigers also marks the first time that the attention of governments has been focused at such a high level on a single endangered species.

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IFAW rescues tigers from Texas

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Mon, 11/08/2010
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Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn, WAO, the Wild Animal Orphanage decided to close their doors. Working together with the USDA, the Texas State Attorney General's Office Charitable Trust Division, and IFAW, the WAO Board signed a resolution to dissolve the sanctuary within sixty days by relocating their 300 animals to other facilities.

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411 Critically Endangered Tortoises Saved from Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Fre, 10/22/2010
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After several months of waiting, 411 critically endangered tortoises will return to their home country of Madagascar. The radiated (Astrochelys radiata), spider (Pyxis arachnoides) and angulated (Astrochelys yniphora) tortoises were illegally removed from their natural habitat and were en route for sale in public markets in China when they were intercepted by customs officials at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in July. These rare tortoises sell for thousands of dollars each as exotic pets.

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IFAW Celebrates Implementation of EU Ban on Seal Products

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Don, 08/19/2010
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The EU seal product ban is perhaps the largest single victory in IFAW’s 40 year campaign to end commercial seal hunting. “We are absolutely delighted with this legislation,” said Lesley O’Donnell, director of IFAW EU. “It is the culmination of years of hard work and we will continue our efforts until cruel commercial seal hunting ends once and for all.”

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IFAW and USM conduct urgent study of endangered Whale Sharks in Oiled Waters

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Mon, 08/09/2010
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The newly discovered essential whale shark feeding area may already be contaminated. It’s been three weeks with very few sightings of whale sharks in what are usually normal congregate areas of the northern Gulf of Mexico, leading scientists to worry they may be the unseen victims of the Gulf oil spill.

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Governments will crack down on poaching, wildlife trafficking to save tigers from extinction

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Fre, 07/16/2010
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Tigers have experienced a 97 percent decline in population since 1900, when 100,000 roamed the earth. As few as 3,000 wild tigers survive today.

In a global assessment of transnational organized crime, including wildlife trade, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime reported last month that tigers are on the verge of being poached into extinction in the wild. Fueled by an international black market in tiger body parts, poaching threatens to eliminate 5 percent of the remaining wild tiger population each year.

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IFAW, NSALA Save Unwanted Dogs from Canada “Dog Shoot”

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Die, 07/27/2010
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IFAW’s Northern Dogs Project team was in a remote Canadian community providing vital veterinary care and humane education when concerned community members alerted IFAW’s team that due to concerns about the number of roaming dogs, unwanted dogs would soon be rounded up and shot. In many remote communities without access to regular veterinary care, this is often considered the only means of controlling the dog population.

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IFAW Rescues Dogs from Cozumel, Mexico

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Mit, 07/14/2010
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“After careful consideration, we have decided the best option is to find new homes outside of Cozumel for some of these special dogs and cats,” said Kate Atema, IFAW Companion Animal Director. “We are working hard to provide long-term solutions to the many threats faced by companion animals in Cozumel with expanding the local shelter and its programs, spay and neuter clinics and an education campaign on responsible pet ownership.”

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US Gulf Coast wildlife face devastating impact from oil slick

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Die, 05/04/2010
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The April 20 explosion of the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig has reportedly spewed around 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf.

“In an incident like this, coastal birds will be among the hardest hit. There are millions of birds at risk as the US Gulf coast is not only home to many resident species, but also a regular refuge for many birds migrating north,” said Dr. Ian Robinson, IFAW Emergency Relief Director.

Some well-known species at risk include terns, herons, egrets, gannets, ducks and Louisiana’s state bird, the Brown pelican.

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