Governments will crack down on poaching, wildlife trafficking to save tigers from extinction

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Fri, 07/16/2010
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Tigers have experienced a 97 percent decline in population since 1900, when 100,000 roamed the earth. As few as 3,000 wild tigers survive today.

In a global assessment of transnational organized crime, including wildlife trade, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime reported last month that tigers are on the verge of being poached into extinction in the wild. Fueled by an international black market in tiger body parts, poaching threatens to eliminate 5 percent of the remaining wild tiger population each year.

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IFAW, NSALA Save Unwanted Dogs from Canada “Dog Shoot”

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IFAW’s Northern Dogs Project team was in a remote Canadian community providing vital veterinary care and humane education when concerned community members alerted IFAW’s team that due to concerns about the number of roaming dogs, unwanted dogs would soon be rounded up and shot. In many remote communities without access to regular veterinary care, this is often considered the only means of controlling the dog population.

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IFAW Celebrates Implementation of EU Ban on Seal Products

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Thu, 08/19/2010
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The EU seal product ban is perhaps the largest single victory in IFAW’s 40 year campaign to end commercial seal hunting. “We are absolutely delighted with this legislation,” said Lesley O’Donnell, director of IFAW EU. “It is the culmination of years of hard work and we will continue our efforts until cruel commercial seal hunting ends once and for all.”

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Nation-wide poll shows Canadians continue to oppose seal hunt.

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Thu, 07/01/2010
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Among the findings of the nation-wide poll:

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IFAW team heads north to provide veterinary services to remote communities

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Tue, 05/11/2010

The lack of access to animal care services in northern communities has resulted in many dog-related issues such as dog overpopulation, disease and bites. These issues impact the health and safety of community members and can create negative attitudes towards dogs.  As a result, dog health and welfare are also affected.  In many communities without access to animal control services or shelters, dogs are shot to control their numbers, creating controversy both within these communities and beyond.  

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US Gulf Coast wildlife face devastating impact from oil slick

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Tue, 05/04/2010

The April 20 explosion of the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig has reportedly spewed around 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf.

“In an incident like this, coastal birds will be among the hardest hit. There are millions of birds at risk as the US Gulf coast is not only home to many resident species, but also a regular refuge for many birds migrating north,” said Dr. Ian Robinson, IFAW Emergency Relief Director.

Some well-known species at risk include terns, herons, egrets, gannets, ducks and Louisiana’s state bird, the Brown pelican.

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Sealers take aim at last surviving harp seal pups as Newfoundland seal hunt opens

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Thu, 04/08/2010

Twenty-three sealing vessels from Newfoundland and Labrador have hailed out in search of concentrations of seal pups on whatever ice is still available.

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First phase of seal hunt a bust as single boat leaves port

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Sun, 03/28/2010

The vessel is reportedly heading to the Northern Gulf – the only area where seals have been observed in the Gulf – to kill the few animals that have managed to survive what has been a disastrous year for harp seal pups.

“After spending the past week watching the few tenacious seal pup survivors clinging to life, it is heartbreaking to realize that they may now be killed,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW. “On the other hand, I am encouraged that only one boat has decided to go seal killing so far this year.”

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Climate change catastrophe: worst ice year on record leads to harp seals’ demise

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Wed, 03/24/2010
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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) reports that the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which is the annual birthing ground of hundreds of thousands of harp seals, is essentially devoid of both ice and seals.

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Senator John Kerry Introduces Legislation to Protect Whales

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Mon, 03/15/2010
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“Whales are in a sea of trouble, and we must do all we can to mitigate threats to the species and its habitat,” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW DC Office Director. “We applaud Senator Kerry’s leadership in championing this legislation and hope his colleagues follow suit.”  

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