Staci McLennan appointed EU Director for IFAW in Brussels

Publication Date: 
Jan 22 2018
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Staci McLennan appointed EU Director for IFAW in Brussels

IFAW has appointed Ms. Staci McLennan as the new Director of the European Union (EU) office in Brussels as per 1 December 2017.

McLennan has extensive experience working on animal welfare, wildlife and environmental policy. She has worked in Brussels the last 9 years, with prior experience working on state, regional and federal environmental policy in the US. 

Press Location: 
Brussels, Belgium
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Annelyn Close, EU Communications
Contact phone: 
+32 2 237 60 54
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Empowering people helps protect wildlife

Jan 11 2018
Empowering people helps protect wildlife
Empowering people helps protect wildlife

Poaching for ivory has reached epidemic proportions in Southern Africa. Wildlife-human conflicts and accidents have caused an additional number of tragic deaths, both among elephants and people. Tanguy Dumortier, host of RTBF’s nature and environment program Le Jardin Extraordinaire, joined IFAW for two weeks in Zambia and Malawi to learn more about how we protect animals and the places they call home, and how people can be active participants in conservation.  

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NGOs demand a ban on EU ivory trade

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Dec 13 2017
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NGOs demand a ban on EU ivory trade

On Friday 8 December, the final day of the public consultation on the EU ivory trade, the European Commission hosted a meeting with stakeholders to hear their views on the action needed for the EU to effectively combat ivory trafficking. Elephants are facing their worst crisis in decades due to poaching for their ivory. Populations are thought to be falling by about 8 percent annually and at least 20,000 African elephants continue to be killed each year.

Press Location: 
Brussels, Belgium
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Press Contact: 
Annelyn Close, Communications EU
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+32 472 01 02 61
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Japan whaling – CITES fails to act on imports

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Nov 27 2017
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Japanese import of sei whale products is a persistent violation of CITES rules
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Japanese import of sei whale products is a persistent violation of CITES rules

The world’s most important conservation body has avoided taking action against Japan for its trade in endangered sei whales. While many governments expressed concern, ultimately it was decided only to seek more information from Japan at this time and delay any decision to the following meeting.

Press Location: 
Geneva, Switzerland
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Press Contact: 
Matt Collis, Director of International Policy (UK)
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+44 749 432 8257
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Icelandic support for whaling on the decline, polling reveals

Publication Date: 
Oct 25 2017
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Icelandic support for minke whaling has dropped by 5% in just one year, according to polling results released today (Wednesday).

Gallup polling commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) reveals that 45.8% of Icelanders now claim to support minke whaling, compared to 50.8% last year. This is also the first time that such polling has found Icelandic support for whaling to have been less than 50%.

Press Location: 
London
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Press Contact: 
Clare Sterling
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+44 (0)7917 507717
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IFAW Disaster Response team deploys to Dominica to help island ravaged by Hurricane Maria

Publication Date: 
Oct 20 2017
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The island nation of Dominica suffered terribly after hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean last month. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is sending food, supplies, and an expert team of disaster responders to help the community, their animals, and wildlife. 

Press Location: 
Washington D.C.
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Press Contact: 
Kerry Branon
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+1-508-744-2068
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Global commitment secured to safeguard African wildlife at UN conference

Publication Date: 
Oct 26 2017
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Global commitment secured to safeguard African wildlife at UN conference

IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) welcomed the commitment by world governments to increase protection for some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife: lions, leopards, chimpanzees and giraffes at the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS),

 

However, this added protection, only came about after a historical first at CMS, when governments had to vote on species proposals, after failing to reach consensus.

 

Press Location: 
Manila, Philippines
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Rebekka Thompson-Jones, Oceania Office
Annelyn Close, IFAW EU
Contact phone: 
+61 2 9288 4973
+32 2 282 06 93
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+61 401 090 034
+32 472 01 02 61

Public urged to show support for UK ivory ban to protect elephants as Government launches consultation

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Oct 6 2017
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Public urged to show support for UK ivory ban to protect elephants as Government

As the Government launches a public consultation on a UK ivory trade ban, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) welcomes the move and calls on the UK public, as well as politicians, to support increased protection for elephants which are being decimated for the ivory trade.

 

Elephant populations are at an all-time low with the species facing extinction due to the ivory poaching crisis which is killing at least 20,000 elephants each year.

 

Press Location: 
London, UK
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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+44 7917 507717
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IFAW unveils key partnership with Morocco to tackle illegal wildlife

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Aug 24 2017
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IFAW unveils key partnership with Morocco to tackle illegal wildlife

With illegal wildlife trade being one of the most serious threats to biodiversity, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Moroccan government’s High Commission for Water, Forests, and Combating Desertification (HCEFLCD) are announcing a partnership to strengthen the protection of wildlife and habitats.

Press Location: 
Al Rabat, Morocco
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Dima Abo Kous, Campaigns Officer, IFAW-MENA
Contact phone: 
+971 55 342 6996
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IFAW urges action to reduce ocean noise pollution to protect marine mammals

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Jul 12 2017
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Governments and the shipping industry need to take urgent action to stop underwater noise is the message of a new movie Sonic Sea by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and National Defense Council (NRDC) screened today 12th of July in the premises of the Lisbon Aquarium in the Expo Area. The event brings together stakeholders from relevant ministries and marine institutions, shipping industry and port authorities to discuss the threat to marine life and possible solutions.

Press Location: 
Lisbon, Portugal
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Eleonora Panella, EU Office
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+32 472 58 23 72
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