No Return to Cruelty Says Poll to Mark Hunt Ban Anniversary

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Dom, 02/18/2007
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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latest survey, 58% supported the ban remaining in place, against just 17% per cent who wished to see the Hunting Act repealed.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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Art Exhibit Highlights Bond between Animals and People

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Vie, 02/09/2007
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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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Ivory tusks from endangered African elephants.

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Jue, 02/08/2007
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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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Environmental protection urged as Russia’s Gazprom takes over Shell shares in Sakhalin-2

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Jue, 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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Sakhalin-2 is an oil and gas project that jeopardises the world’s last remaining 100 Western Pacific gray whales.

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

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Jue, 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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65,000+ say no to Caribbean commercial whaling

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Mié, 12/20/2006
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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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Proposed Hunting Bill a Sham as Government Bows to Big Business

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Vie, 12/15/2006
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“Big business appears to have won the day in ensuring that canned hunting will continue virtually unchecked and even given a veneer of respectability by this new bill,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Southern Africa Director of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org).

The new legislation announced earlier this week and due to be promulgated in March 2007, says that captive bred lions may only be hunted six months after being released.
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Taiping Four gorillas leave South Africa next week

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Lun, 12/04/2006
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“The gorillas and their caregivers depart for Cameroon on a scheduled Kenya Airways flight early on the morning of 13 December 2006,” says Christina Pretorius, Communications Manager for IFAW Southern Africa.
 
The gorillas are to be transferred to the Limbe Wildlife Centre in the Cameroon. The NZG of SA is currently hosting Jonathan Kum Kang, Limbe’s chief keeper and he is working closely alongside the National Zoo’s primate staff charged with the care of the Taiping Four.
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Caribbean whale watching operators jump-start CARIBwhale

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Jue, 12/07/2006
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Whale watch operators from Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as hotel and tourism associations from Dominica and St.
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IFAW opposes call for commercial whale hunt in the Caribbean: whale meat for tourists?

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Mié, 11/22/2006
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Despite global outcry against the hunting of whales and a ban on whaling since 1986, Minister  Liburd indicated at a recent meeting of Caribbean government officials that the region should follow Japan’s lead and kill whales for their meat.

“The Caribbean has a thriving whale watching industry, valued at more than US$22 million per year,” said Trinidad-born Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW’s Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection. “This is in stark contrast to slaughtering these same whales and feeding the meat to visitors.
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