First time ever training to prevent illegal wildlife trade in Morocco

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Avril 25, 2017
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A specialized training of enforcement authorities in the prevention of wildlife trafficking is being carried out from April 24th to 28th by the High Commissioner for Waters and Forests and the Fight against Desertification of Morocco and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in Tangiers, Kingdom of Morocco.

 

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Tangiers, Kingdom of Morocco
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Dr. Elsayed Mohamed, IFAW Regional Director Middle East and North Africa
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+971 50 787 0875
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Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Somaliland

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Avril 24, 2017
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Cheetah Cubs Rescued from Illegal Wildlife Trade in Somaliland

Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders by the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD) with assistance from Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in El Sheik and Wajel, respectively, on 19 April.

The cubs were destined for the Arabian Peninsula where the illegal market for pet cheetahs is estimated at 300 animals per year. The three youngest cubs were found in extremely poor health, and every effort is being made to save them.

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Washington, DC
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Melanie Mahoney, IFAW HQ
Susan Yannetti, Cheetah Conservation Fund
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+1 (508) 815-7792
+1 (202) 716-7756

Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should

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Avril 20, 2017
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Africa’s protected areas have just a quarter of the elephants they should

A new study from the Conservation Ecology Research Unit (CERU) at the University of Pretoria predicts how many elephants there should be in 73 protected areas spanning 21 African countries. The research concludes that, largely due to poaching, protected areas are missing 75 per cent of their elephants, some 730,000 individuals. One-third of protected areas have less than five per cent of the elephants they should. 

However, for the first time, we know which places deserve priority for conserving elephants.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius, IFAW Southern Africa
Rudi van Aarde
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27 (0)82 330 2558
+27 082 908 7313

U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Giraffes - Wildlife Groups Seek to Save Species from Silent Extinction -

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Avril 19, 2017
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U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Giraffes

In response to recent scientific consensus on giraffes’ vulnerability to extinction, five wildlife protection groups today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Earth’s tallest land animal under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

 

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WASHINGTON, US
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Abby Cohen, IFAW
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(646) 695-7044
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Minke whaling season due to begin in Iceland

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Avril 13, 2017
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Minke whaling season due to begin in Iceland

The minke whaling season is expected to start imminently in Iceland, with whales being cruelly harpooned so their meat can be sold in restaurants and supermarkets.

 

Iceland’s self-allocated kill quota for each year is 224 minke whales, with a fraction of this quota usually taken. In recent years the number of minkes killed annually has been between 24 and 30, although last year whalers harpooned 46 minke whales.

 

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London – 13 April 2017
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Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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+44 (0)7917 507717
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Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling further criticised by expert panel

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Avril 3, 2017
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Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling further criticised by expert panel

Japan’s so-called scientific whaling has received further criticism from international experts who found Japan does not need to kill whales for ‘scientific research’.

In a report published today (Monday) the Expert Panel appointed by the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) Scientific Committee concluded that Japan’s ‘lethal sampling’ of whales, which it will continue to hunt with explosive harpoons in the North Pacific under its ‘NEWREP-NP’ programme, was not justified.

Press Location: 
Tokyo, Japan – 03 April 2017
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Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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+44 (0)20 7587 6708
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+44 (0)7917 507717
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IFAW: China shuts down one third of ivory factories and shops

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Mars 31, 2017
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IFAW: China shuts down one third of ivory factories and shops

Today, China will shut down more than 60 ivory carving factories and retailers making good on their promise to end domestic commercial ivory markets in 2017. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) offered the following statement in response:

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Washington, DC
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Sabrina Zhang, IFAW China
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+86 106 44 02960
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DFO Opens Commercial Seal Hunt Early, Removes Limited Protection for Mothers and Nursing Pups

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Mars 28, 2017
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DFO Opens Commercial Seal Hunt Early, Removes Limited Protection for Mothers and

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is disappointed that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will be opening the commercial seal hunt early this year, allowing sealers to hunt while harp seal pups are still nursing. Traditionally, the annual hunt off the coast of Newfoundland is closed until mid-April to allow mothers to give birth to their pups and nurse without disruption. This annual closure is one of the few protections in place for these ice dependent species.

Press Location: 
Ottawa, ON
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Res Krebs, IFAW Canada, Ottawa
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+1 (416) 669-3459
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IFAW strongly opposed to sealers’ demands for early start to seal slaughter

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Mars 24, 2017
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IFAW strongly opposed to sealers’ demands for early start to seal slaughter

The International Fund for Animal Welfare condemns any early opening of the commercial harp seal hunt. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) are considering suspending the annual closure of the hunt in mid-March. This is one of the few protections in place for harp seals.

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Ottawa, ON
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Res Krebs, IFAW Canada, Ottawa
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(416) 669-3459
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Better security, not dehorning, the answer to protecting rhino

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Mars 15, 2017
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Better security, not dehorning, the answer to protecting rhino

Zoos should be improving their security, not dehorning their rhino exhibits to protect them from poachers says one of the world’s leading rhino conservationists.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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+27 82 330 2558
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