Elephants Released To Wild for First Time in India

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Mon, 02/26/2007
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The elephants—which were hand-raised at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC)—were transported 450 kilometers from India’s Kaziranga National Park to Manas National Park.
 
In Manas the elephants will be reintegrated into a wild herd once they are familiarized with the area. It is the first time elephants have been rehabilitated and released to the wild in India.
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New scientific report indicates a recent lack of sea ice is dangerous for Canada’s harp seal population

Publication Date: 
Die, 02/20/2007
As the report indicates, in nine of the past 11 years, average ice coverage has deteriorated to well below the average ice cover seen over the last 37 years. A lack of suitable ice, combined with violent storms and early ice break-up disrupts the seals’ normal pupping season. Reduction in ice cover can result in increased pup mortality if there is no ice for mothers to give birth on or if the ice melts before the end of the nursing period.
 
The Canadian government has indicated that it is dedicated to taking ‘real action’ on global warming.
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Ottawa, Canada
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Clampdown on South African Canned Hunting and Captive Breeding Welcomed

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Die, 02/20/2007
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) said the new regulations sent a clear message to the hunting fraternity that it is time to clean up the industry.
 
While hunting of captive bred predators per se has not been altogether stopped, the new rules will make it extremely difficult to qualify for hunting permits
 
IFAW said it was very encouraged by the new legislation.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Outrage at Plans to Axe Met’s Wildlife Crime Unit

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Mon, 02/19/2007
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org), WWF, ACAP and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation have written to the Mayor who sets the budget for the Metropolitan Police Authority. The budget for the Wildlife Crime Unit is £80,000 a year – a drop in the ocean compared to the overall Metropolitan Police Authority budget of £2.5 billion.
 
Heather Sohl, species and trade officer at WWF, said: “London is one of the biggest centres of wildlife trade in the world.
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United Kingdom
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No Return to Cruelty Says Poll to Mark Hunt Ban Anniversary

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Son, 02/18/2007
The results of a new Ipsos - MORI poll1, released today by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org), the League Against Cruel Sports, and the RSPCA, shows that despite the pro-hunt protestations, little has changed,  with support for a ban repeatedly exceeding opposition over the past decade. 
 
In the latest survey, 58% supported the ban remaining in place, against just 17% per cent who wished to see the Hunting Act repealed.   The 17% is made up of nine per cent who
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United Kingdom
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Art Exhibit Highlights Bond between Animals and People

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Fre, 02/09/2007
The multi-media installation will showcase IFAW’s award-winning photographic images of animals and people in a variety of habitats from around the globe. This educational exhibit is designed to appeal to viewers of all ages while underscoring the need for animal protection and conservation.
 
Our Shared World represents a unique opportunity to bring world-class photography with an international, multicultural perspective to the Cape Cod community,” said Margaret Van Sciver, Board President of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
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Centerville, MA
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Ivory tusks from endangered African elephants.

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Don, 02/08/2007
The statement has been welcomed by IFAW as a sign of the growing opposition to Canada’s cruel commercial seal hunt, which is now the biggest marine mammal hunt in the world. During last year’s hunt more than 350,000 seals were killed after being clubbed or shot.
 
Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW said:

“IFAW welcomes the call by the UK Government for an EU ban on seal products. There is huge public and political opposition to Canada’s seal hunt in Britain and throughout Europe.

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Belgium becomes first EU country to place a national ban on all seal product imports

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Don, 01/25/2007
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Over the past few years, IFAW’s EU Office - together with the Belgian NGO GAIA - has been calling for a national ban in Belgium.

“We would like to thank the Belgian Government, especially the three ministers involved in the initiative, and the MPs who supported this landmark decision. The Parliament vote will help to end the commercial seal hunt by reducing demand for seal products,” said Lesley O’Donnell, Director of IFAW’s EU Office.
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Brussels, Belgium
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Environmental protection urged as Russia’s Gazprom takes over Shell shares in Sakhalin-2

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Don, 12/21/2006
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Today Gazprom, Shell, Mitsui and Mitsubishi signed an agreement which will see Gazprom, the Russian oil and gas giant, take over half plus one share of Shell’s 55% stake of Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC). Earlier this month it was reported that Shell would keep a blocking stake of at least a quarter in Sakhalin-2, with Russia’s Gazprom controlling the majority after a predicted takeover of 50% of the shares of both Mitsui and Mitsubishi.
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Moscow, Russia
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65,000+ say no to Caribbean commercial whaling

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Mit, 12/20/2006
The protests were sent after St. Kitts and Nevis Fisheries Minister Cedric Liburd suggested that Caribbean nations should commercially hunt whales in order to offer the whale meat to tourists.

“More than 65,000 people around the world – many of them potential tourists to the Caribbean – have taken the time to express their resentment to Minister Liburd’s statement.  They are extremely concerned about the future of the whales,” said Trinidad-born Dr.
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