CITES conservation crisis

Publication Date: 
Thu, 03/25/2010
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“Short -term profits rather than long-term conservation has once again been the theme of this meeting,” said Azzedine Downes, Head of IFAW’s CITES delegation.

“The biggest losers at this meeting include polar bears, bluefin tuna and all the sharks – with Parties refusing to acknowledge the science showing drastic declines in populations.  Urgent action to curb and control international trade is desperately needed for these species, yet CITES Parties collectively turned their backs.

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Hammerheads miss out at CITES

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Tue, 03/23/2010
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“The rejection of this proposal does not make any sense at all,” said Dr Ralf Sonntag, IFAW marine biologist and Germany Director.

“Some populations of the scalloped hammerhead shark have declined by 80 to 90 per cent and yet Parties have not seen fit to uplist the species to Appendix II – this decision may lead to the disappearance of this charismatic species.”

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Sharks sold out at CITES

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Tue, 03/23/2010
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“CITES Parties voted by the slimmest of margins to protect porbeagle sharks, but rejected all other shark proposals at this meeting,” said Dr Ralf Sonntag, Director IFAW Germany. “An Appendix II listing would have given sharks a fighting chance against the devastation that shark finning is causing around the world.”

“Sharks have been sold out today. Short-term profits have won again at CITES.”

With more than 100 million sharks caught each year, some species are estimated to have declined by as much as 80 per cent in the past decade.

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IFAW rescues dolphins stranded off coast of Cape Cod

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Fri, 03/12/2010
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IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue team mobilized after reports that a pod of dolphins were trapped in the mud flats off Wellfleet, MA. A total of sixteen dolphins were found stranded in two locations, ten in Drummer’s Cove and six in Loagy Bay.

In Loagy Bay, four of the dolphins were rescued but one was found dead and another was in such poor health it had to be euthanized. In Drummer’s Cove, two dolphins were rescued but rescuers were unable to free eight others from waist-deep mud.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass.
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Startling lack of ice in Gulf of St. Lawrence could be deadly for harp seals

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Tue, 02/23/2010
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According to Environment Canada data, such a severe lack of ice has not been observed in eastern Canada in the past 30 years. IFAW experts are warning that the profound shortage of breeding habitat will have a lethal effect on harp seals.

“We are extremely concerned,” said Sheryl Fink, IFAW Senior Researcher. “Historically this is the week when harp seals begin to give birth to their pups in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Without ice, many mothers will be forced to abort their pups in the water.”  

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Guelph, Canada
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Philippine volcano expected to erupt, IFAW to evacuate animals

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Tue, 12/29/2009
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For the last two weeks, the 8,070-foot Mayon volcano has been spewing smoke, rock, and burning mud. The volcano recently pushed a cloud of ash nearly a mile into the air and geologists point to the volcano’s continuous lava flows, sulphuric dioxide emissions, and frequent tremors as indications that an eruption is looming.

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Administration Misses Deadline to List Arctic Reindeer

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Wed, 12/16/2009
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In September 2009, IFAW submitted a petition presenting substantial scientific and commercial information indicating that Peary and Dolphin-Union caribou are threatened with extinction by the effects of global climate change.  

The Service failed to respond within the 90 days required under the Endangered Species Act, a likely product of understaffing and underfunding of the nation’s vital Endangered Species Program.  

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“Unnatural Disasters: The Impacts of Climate-related Emergencies on Wildlife, Livestock, and Companion Animals”

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Mon, 12/07/2009
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“The detrimental consequences of climate change for both human communities and animal populations around the globe are profound,” said Mayumi Sakoh, legislative assistant, IFAW and lead author of the report. “By inflicting additional pressures on the already stressed environment, climate change is causing an increase in climate-related natural disasters and irrevocable damage to the planet’s bionetworks. We must be equipped to mitigate the immediate impacts of these catastrophic events on both people and the animals upon which we rely.”

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More than 100 elephants a day slaughtered by poachers –

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Tue, 10/20/2009
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) is calling for urgent action to protect elephants. It urges the European Union and all CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Parties to stop supporting one-off ivory sales, legal ivory trade and elephant down-listing proposals.

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Leonardo DiCaprio kicks off IFAW's Animal Action Week (October 4-10, 2009)

Publication Date: 
Sun, 10/04/2009

IFAW encourages teachers and children across the globe to engage with nature during Animal Action Week, which takes place annually during early October. The week marks the launch of an international educational program with a different animal welfare and conservation theme each year.

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