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China applies trade ban to wildlife auctions

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Wed, 01/11/2012
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 IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare—www.ifaw.org) applauds an emergency notice from China’s State Forestry Administration urging all Chinese auction houses to adhere to wildlife laws and regulations. The notice highlights China’s trade ban on tiger bone and rhino horn, emphasizing that the ban applies to all auctions. 

Press Location: 
Beijing, China
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Jeff He, (IFAW China)
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+86 10 6440 2960
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Rebuttal: How many whales should be sold to the highest bidder? None.

Wed, 01/11/2012
Rebuttal: How many whales should be sold to the highest bidder? None.

Minke whales waiting to be flensed on the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru during a whale hunt in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. c. IFAWIn a ‘comment’ posted on Nature.com, authors Christopher Costello, Leah R.

Hoopgevende vooruitzichten

Fri, 01/06/2012
Hoopgevende vooruitzichten

Zoals voor zoveel mensen is het begin van een nieuw jaar voor ons een tijd van overdenken. Het is een goed moment om nog eens terug te blikken op het voorbije jaar, om de doelstellingen en visie van het IFAW weer helder in het vizier te krijgen en om vast te stellen in hoeverre het ons is gelukt die doelstellingen te verwezenlijken. 

Justice time for dog buried alive – accused men in court

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Wed, 01/11/2012
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Justice Time for Dog Buried Alive – Accused Men in Court

The trial of two men accused of burying a dog alive on the sports field of a Cape Town school, begins on Friday 13th January.

Poto Mfengu and Mkhumbuzi Ncedana, janitors at the Luhlaza Secondary High School in Khayelitsha, are charged under the animal cruelty act and will appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court.

Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius (IFAW Southern Africa)
Jane Levinson (Mdzananda Animal Clinic)
Contact phone: 
+27 21 701 8642
+27 82 83 548 8277

South Africa, New Thread in the Ivory Web?

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Tue, 01/10/2012
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South Africa, New Thread in the Ivory Web?

Asian officials yesterday intercepted a large-scale consignment of illegal ivory shipped from Cape Town, South Africa – the second such haul in less than two months.

And today, two Chinese nationals appeared in court in the city after they were busted just before Christmas for illegal possession of 15 full elephant tusks, and 22 partial tusks among other ivory items.

Press Location: 
Cape Town, South Africa
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Adrian Hiel (IFAW EU)
Christina Pretorius (IFAW Southern Africa)
Contact phone: 
+32 (0) 473 86 34 61
+27 21 701 8642

Warning: Wild animals do not make good pets

Mon, 01/09/2012
Warning: Wild animals do not make good pets

Public health officers in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, are taking action against people who keep wild animals in their homes.

The owners are being fined 10,000 dirhams (US$2,722) and their animals are being confiscated. They may also have to pay compensation to anyone their animals have injured.

Teams of inspectors are touring residential areas on the lookout for tigers, cheetah, snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, lizards and other wildlife. The inspectors also are canvassing markets to find sellers of these exotic animals.

While tides recede, Bangkok attempts to care for displaced dogs

Mon, 12/19/2011
Dogs easily squeeze between pens or dig themselves out.

This post was filed by Shannon Walajtys, International Fund for Animal Welfare Emergency Response officer working with a small team of rescuers on the ground in Thailand.

VIDEO: It’s not a question of animals or people

Mon, 01/09/2012
VIDEO: It’s not a question of animals or people

As A Shawl to Die For, a documentary on Vimeo, amply shows, it’s possible to conserve wildlife while also helping local communities preserve their livelihoods.

Tibetan antelopes, or Chiru, roam free only on the Plateau of Tibet and partly into