U.S. Plan to Expand Whaling Released

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Mon, 02/02/2009

"The plan released today is a bad deal for whales and international efforts to protect them" said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale Program Director.  "It would lift the commercial whaling moratorium; give new rights to the Government of Japan to kill protected whales, and permit illegal, high-seas whaling to continue.  Rather than compromising hard-won conservation measures and finding ways for whaling to expand, the IWC and its member governments should be negotiating the terms under which Japan, Norway and Iceland will end their commercial whali

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Iceland urged to rethink ill-advised and damaging whaling policy

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Mit, 02/18/2009

Outgoing Fisheries and Agriculture Minister, Einar K Gudfinnsson, recently granted commercial whaling quotas of up to 150 endangered fin whales and 100 minke whales a year for the next five years. Iceland’s new Fisheries Minister, Steingrimur J Sigfusson, today announced these catch allowances would remain for one year instead of five, and despite only a limited domestic market for minke whales and no domestic market for fin whales.

IFAW opposes whaling because it is cruel, unnecessary and unsustainable.

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Elephant poacher shot and killed in Kenyan national park

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Don, 01/22/2009

Rangers had trailed the poacher and his accomplice for 17 hours on foot, according to area warden Josphat Erupe. “We noticed one poacher on top of a tree but he jumped down and vanished. We only became aware that there was a second man when he opened fire at our rangers from behind the tree but he was shot and killed in the ensuing battle.”

According to unnamed sources in KWS, elephant poaching rose by over 60 per cent in Kenya from 2007 to 2008.

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eBay's New Year resolution: Protect endangered elephants

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Mon, 12/29/2008

“IFAW is grateful to eBay for taking this important step forward for elephant conservation. By setting the bar with a global ban on ivory, eBay is proving to be an example for both governments and online dealers to also take a stand on one of today’s most critical wildlife issues – Internet trade,” said Barbara Cartwright, IFAW Campaigns Manager.

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Fears for the world's whales as future of commercial whaling ban is negotiated at meeting 'held in secret' in UK

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Don, 12/04/2008

The International Whaling Commission (IWC), responsible for whale conservation, is holding a three-day Small Working Group meeting in Cambridge from Monday with delegates from around 24 countries expected to attend.

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IFAW Applauds China’s Largest Cyber Store for Shark Fin Trade Ban

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Fre, 12/19/2008

The announcement was made as part of a campaign IFAW and Taobao collaboratively initiated to combat online wildlife crime. In the unprecedented collaboration, IFAW and Taobao.com share information about online illegal wildlife trade and jointly raise consumer awareness about the detrimental impact wildlife trade has on species in the wild.

Asia is the main market for shark fin products. In major cities in China, shark fin soup is readily available on the menu in restaurants.

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Animals Protected from Gustav’s Fury

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Mit, 09/10/2008

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org ) played a vital role in safeguarding the lives of more than 1,300 animals as a mandatory evacuation set the stage for a massive exodus of both people and their pets.

IFAW worked together with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART), which set up a megashelter in Shreveport just days before Hurricane Gustav’s landfall. Established on the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, the shelter was equipped to handle as many as 3,000 animals.

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Penguin stranding mystery in Brazil prompts rescue attempt

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Don, 08/07/2008
‘This event appears to be a natural occurrence and has been seen 2 or 3 times in the last 20 years, resulting in the death of thousands of birds. What really took us by surprise this time is the huge increase in numbers’, said Valeria Ruoppolo of IFAW. 

The Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile and migrate north as far as Southwest Brazil between March and September.

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Protected Humpbacks Recovering, But Whales Worldwide Face Growing Threats

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Die, 08/12/2008
“This is a huge win for humpback whales and all those who have worked for more than four decades to protect them,” said Patrick Ramage, Global Whale Program Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org).  “Ending commercial whaling was one of the most important conservation victories of the 20th century.
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Rapid response saves adult Gray Seal in Cape Cod

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Mit, 07/23/2008
The adult male seal was entangled in approximately 40 lbs of heavy netting of unidentified origin that trailed seven feet down the length of the animal. The team was able to attach a line to the entangling gear and bring the animal to shore for an examination and disentanglement.
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