Conservation on the Agenda, as 17 African Nations meet to talk Elephants

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Wed, 02/06/2008
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The delegates are from Mali, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.
 
“IFAW is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow conservationists from Africa and Asia”, remarked Kevin Shields, Wildlife and Habitat Programme Director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org). IFAW will be facilitating the meeting along with the hosts, the Mali and Kenya Governments.
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Bamako, Mali
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IFAW Applauds Sonar Injunction Against US Navy

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Wed, 02/06/2008
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The decision, issued by Judge Elizabeth Laporte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, orders all parties to negotiate the specific terms of the injunction, which will offer some relief to marine mammals from potentially lethal underwater sound blasts by prohibiting LFA sonar use in areas of the ocean identified as critical marine mammal habitat.
 
“This is a lifeline for whales and all marine mammals” said IFAW Washington, D.C., Office Director Jeffrey Flocken.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., United States
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New Poll Shows an Overwhelming Majority of Chinese Public Supports Ban on Tiger Trade

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Wed, 01/30/2008
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The face-to-face survey of 1,880 people in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Harbin, Kunming and Shanghai was conducted by Horizon Key, one of China’s pre-eminent public polling companies.  Respondents, who statistically represent the entire adult populations of these cities, were asked questions about their use of tiger products, their preferences for products from wild versus farmed tigers and their attitudes toward conservation of wild tigers and China’s 1993 tiger-trade ban.
 
Ninety three percent of the respondents support China’s tiger
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Yarmouth Port, Mass
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China increases enforcement of illegal trade of wildlife on the Internet

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Mon, 02/04/2008
But the fundamental challenges of combating this illegal trade, including the lack of a legal framework governing Internet trade, the anonymous nature of the Internet and the exponential explosion of Internet usage, remain.
 
“Illegal wildlife trade on the Internet is a global problem,” sais Dr. Meng Xianlin, Director of the China CITES Management Authority, who hailed the IFAW report for providing data invaluable to law enforcement.
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Beijing, China
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International Fund for Animal Welfare Report Reveals Impact of Global Warming on Arctic Marine Mammals

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Thu, 01/17/2008
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“Signs of climate change are all around us,” said IFAW D.C. Office Director Jeff Flocken. “This is especially significant in the Artic, where ice habitat is integral to polar bears and melting sea-ice sets the stage for drastic population reductions. Ultimately, this will lead to the extinction of the species.”
 
In September 2007, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a series of reports concluding that by 2050, we will have lost two-thirds of the world’s polar bears, and that many of the rest will be gone by 2100.
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Japan's Whaling - More Sushi than Science

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Thu, 01/17/2008
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The world’s leading international law experts and marine mammal scientists have deemed the Government of Japan’s “scientific” whaling program to be fatally flawed and in breach of numerous international treaties and tribunals.
 
“Japan’s 20 years of “scientific whaling” has delivered thousands of dead whales and next to no useful knowledge of the whales they “study”. The meat is packaged and sold in the fish markets in Japan.
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Sydney, Australia
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Ivory trade continues its reach across myriad African nations

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Tue, 01/29/2008
Michael Wamithi, global elephants program manager for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), responds stating, “The recent decision by CITES [Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species] Conference of the Parties in June to approve nearly a decade-long suspension of trade in elephant ivory is not enough. Consumer demand is booming, and domestic trade is out of control.
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Endangered Gibbons get a helping hand in the New Year

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Thu, 01/10/2008
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Prior to the relocation, this group of gibbons and siamangs were confiscated from illegal pet trade by the Indonesian Forestry Department . The animals were successfully relocated to their native home range in Sumatra and will undergo rehabilitation before their return to the wild.
 
Gibbons are small agile apes that live in subtropical rainforests in Southeast, South and East Asia. While the illegal pet trade takes a heavy toll on wild populations, the principal threat to gibbons is loss of habitat.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Diverse Stakeholders Come Together to Address Northern Right Whale Regulations

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Fri, 01/11/2008
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Held at the Hyatt Regency Boston, the daylong symposium was deemed a success by participants and organizers, as well as an important move in ensuring a less hazardous marine environment for the endangered north Atlantic right whale.
 
“Saving the right whale requires collaboration and shared commitment,” said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale Program Manager.
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IFAW Statement Regarding The Delayed Decision For Polar Bear Inclusion In The Endangered Species Act

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Tue, 01/08/2008
“Representing over 2 million animal welfare advocates around the world, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org) hopes that the Bush Administration’s choice to postpone listing of polar bears under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), will still result in meaningful protections when the decision is announced later this month.
 
The plight of polar bears is unprecedented and very real, and IFAW continues to call upon the U.S.
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