Victory for elephants as CITES says No to ivory stockpile sale

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Botswana, Namibia and South Africa were granted permission by CITES in 2002 to sell 60 tonnes of ivory stockpiles, despite widespread opposition by many governments and NGOs. The sale is dependent on certain conditions being met, including the effective monitoring of poaching, sufficient trade enforcement and the revenue being used for conservation and community development. International trade in ivory is currently banned under CITES.
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IFAW applauds European Parliament resolution to ban seal product trade

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Wed, 09/06/2006
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IFAW and other groups successfully lobbied more than half of all MEPs to sign a Written Declaration calling for an end to the trade in seal products. A total of 368 MEPs signed the Written Declaration 38, which will now be forwarded to the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, demanding that a ban is implemented.
 
The Declaration was submitted by five MEPs (Carl Schlyter, Paulo Casaca, Karl-Heinz Florenz, Mojca Drcar Murko and Caroline Lucas) who represent the four important political groups in the Parliament.
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Strasbourg, France
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Cape Air and IFAW Launch Whale of a Plane

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Wed, 07/26/2006
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“This is our fifth painted plane,” said Cape Air President Dan Wolf. “We love taking art off the walls and into the skies and having IFAW as a partner this time around along with Jürek’s artistry in his depiction of the humpback whales, makes it a total winner.”

Cape Air and IFAW commissioned famed airbrush artist Jürek to paint the plane to bring whale protection to the public eye.
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Hyannis, MA
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From left, artist Jurek Zamoyski, Cape Air President, Dan Wolf, and Fred O'Regan, President of IFAW are photographed after Wolf and O'Regan arrived in the newest addition to Cape Air's "Art in Flight" series at the official unveiling of the plane at the Cape Air hangar in Hyannis, MA.

Live whales tell better tale Researchers learn about the lives of whales, from photographs of whales’ tails

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Mon, 08/14/2006
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The team of scientists and volunteers from Iceland, UK and as far afield as Trinidad, has been using modern, non-invasive research techniques to gather important data on the many species of whales found in Icelandic waters. Sightings have included rare blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, minke whales and white beaked dolphins as well as killer whales and basking sharks.
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No Need for Delay, as IFAW Offers to Fund Return of Taiping 4 Gorillas

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Tue, 09/05/2006
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After originally being exported illegally in 2001 from Africa to a zoo in Taiping, Malaysia, the four gorillas – now about seven years old - have spent the last two years at the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria, South Africa.
 
The decision to return the gorillas to Cameroon became public this week.
 
IFAW today announced their offer to pay for the costs of the transfer of the gorillas to the Limbe Wildlife Centre sanctuary upon their return to Cameroon.
 
“The Government of Malaysia has made the correct decision, based on
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IFAW Condemns Cruel and Unnecessary Namibia Seal Cull

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Mon, 07/17/2006
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“It is high time Namibia stopped culling Cape Fur seals,” said Jason Bell-Leask, IFAW Director Southern Africa.
 
The Namibian Government justifies its annual seal hunt by claiming that the seal population poses a threat to the local fishing industry.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Global protection for South Africa’s southern waters

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Mon, 03/27/2006
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Meeting in London this week the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a regulatory body of the International Marine Organisation (IMO), approved a 1,500 kilometre long, 35 to 135 nautical miles wide length of coastline, a “Special Area” in need of enhanced protection.

More than 25 countries from North America, Africa, South America, Europe,South-East Asia and the Caribbean as well as Russia overwhelmingly voiced their support for the proposal and subsequent approval.

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Innovative Whale Song Remix Contest

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Tue, 05/16/2006
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Sample whale mixes available at www.stopwhaling.org/community.
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Mexico Bans Imports and Exports of Primates and Marine Mammals

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Mon, 02/06/2006
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“It is a historic victory for endangered primates and marine mammals, for environmental groups and for the general public,” said Beatriz Bugeda, Director of IFAW Latin America. “This decision is critical to conservation policy in Mexico, which was seriously eroded by environmental authorities in recent years.”

In 2003, the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) illegally authorized the importation of 28 dolphins from the Solomon Islands to Mexican-based commercial dolphinariums.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Zoos admit ‘optimal’ care for elephants not the priority

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Thu, 10/20/2005
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This admission was made during closing remarks yesterday by Senior Counsel for the zoos, Dr John Griffiths, when Administrative Appeals Tribunal President the Honourable Justice Downes asked him to explain why the elephants (intended for importation into Australia from Thailand) were not destined for Western Plains Zoo (NSW) or Werribee Zoo (VIC).

This followed startling testimony given earlier in the hearing when, Gary Miller, Elephant Manager for the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales, said if it was his decision he would have imported the elephants to Dubbo not Taron

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