Federal Government protracts trade ban for seal products

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Don, 10/18/2007
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Federal Minister Seehofer declared in March 2007 publicly that he wanted to implement a national trade ban speedily as a legislative procedure on an EU-level could take years. In a letter to IFAW in September 2007 though, Mr. Seehofer declared that the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel now wants to wait for a European Commission’s expertise on the subject.

The EU Environmental Commissioner Dimas had himself recommended national bans to the EU member states.

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Solomon Islands export dolphins to Dubai

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Mit, 10/17/2007
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“This export should not have taken place.  It undermines the good reputation that the Solomon Islands Government has built up since taking the decision to ban the export of live dolphins in 2005.  We implore the Government to reinstate that ban immediately for the sake of the Solomon Island’s precious marine wildlife and their standing on the international stage,” Mick McIntyre, Director of IFAW Asia Pacific, said.
 
Recent research by IFAW has shown that the diversity of both whale and dolphin species in waters of the Solomon Islands
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Solomon Islands, UAE
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Latin American Organizations Gather in Chile to Strenghten Whale Protection

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Die, 10/16/2007
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More than twenty representatives of fifteen non government organizations (NGOs) from ten Latin American countries are meeting in Santiago de Chile from October 15th to the 18th in order to coordinate strategies with a view toward the 60th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which will be held in the capital of our country in June of 2008.
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Santiago, Chile
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Bárbara Galletti
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New penalties for poaching show Russia means business

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Don, 10/11/2007
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Russia has fewer than 450-500 Amur (also known as Siberian or Ussury) tigers in the wild, and no more than 35 Amur leopards. Historically, fines in Russia for killing a tiger or leopard in Russia have been hopelessly low - less than 2,000 rubles, or US$ 50 based on exchange rates from five years ago. The new penalty for poaching a tiger, for example, is US$ 20,000. Both of these rare species are killed by poachers to supply the international market.
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South Yarmouth, MA
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IFAW upset about European Commission’s failure to deliver on an integrated Maritime Policy

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Mit, 10/10/2007
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“Maximizing the sustainable use of the oceans and seas” is one of the key objectives of the EU Maritime Policy. “IFAW is particularly concerned that the expansion of economic activities at sea and/or in coastal areas as envisaged in the Action Plan will exponentially increase the level of pressure on cetaceans, other marine mammals and sensitive areas”, says Veronica Frank, Marine Campaigner at IFAW’s EU Office.
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Brussels, Belgium
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Günther Pauls (IFAW, EU)
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Cape Cod Stranding Network Merges with IFAW

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Die, 10/02/2007
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Under the proposed agreement, CCSN – including its employees, volunteers, and expertise – has  become part of IFAW. With a staff of five and a dedicated corps of more than 350 local volunteers, CCSN responds to 500-700 reports of stranded marine mammals each year.
 
“This is a merger that benefits both organizations,” said A.J. Cady, IFAW’s Director of Animals in Crisis and Distress.
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Mexican Zoo Receives Aid After Hurricane Dean

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Fre, 09/07/2007
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The IFAW Rescue Team was informed that the Payo Obispo Zoological Garden in Chetumal had been severely damaged, and headed there.
 
“We were surprised when we reached the zoo; trees were downed and there were branches everywhere. It was hard to find the roads between the cages, and many of them and the buildings where the animals were exhibited were damaged.
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Mexico City, Mexico
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International Fund for Animal Welfare Names Jeffrey Flocken Director of Washington, D.C. Office

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Die, 09/04/2007
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Flocken comes to IFAW from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of International Conservation, where he was responsible for policy and outreach. He replaces Cindy Milburn, Senior Advisor, for IFAW’s international headquarters, who has been serving as acting director for the DC office.
 
“Jeff’s 13 years of experience with both legislative campaigns and conservation programs give him a breadth and depth of experience across campaigning, education, fundraising and management functions that will serve IFAW’s Washington D.C.
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Japan's biggest ivory smuggler walks free as government schemes to market contraband

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Mon, 08/13/2007
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Japan's press reported yesterday that an unidentified "company president" who attempted to smuggle three tons of contraband ivory - the country's largest-ever illegal ivory shipment - into Osaka in August 2006 was "sentenced to a one-year suspended prison term" and fined 800,000 yen (6,723 USD) as penalty.  Japanese Customs valued the consignment at one billion yen (8.4 million USD).  The penalty imposed amounts to less than 0.1 per cent of the contraband's value.  The sentence was passed in July, but not reported until yesterday.
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New rules protect public from dangerous big cats

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Fre, 08/17/2007
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The passage of the Captive Wildlife Safety Act – which happened shortly after IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) engaged in a high-profile confiscation of 24 full-grown tigers from a suburban New Jersey home –  became necessary due to the high number of dangerous animals being purchased and shipped across state lines. As the CWSA regulations explain, “Statistics show a considerable number of injuries or deaths attributable to big cats.
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