IFAW animal rescue underway in quake-ravaged Italy

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Ve, 04/17/2009

“One of the immediate challenges faced at this time is with displaced pets that need food in the tent cities,” said IFAW veterinarian Anand Ramanathan. “Another urgent problem is locating livestock in the mountains, especially cattle which need to be milked periodically. If we don’t reach these animals in time, the result could be mastitis or other dangerous infections.”

Immediately after the quake hit, a 24-hour Veterinary Emergency Hotline was set up and IZS began treating injured animals.

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IFAW enforcement training prompts unprecedented wildlife seizure in Caribbean, 1000+ animals confiscated

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Ve, 05/01/2009

On Saturday, the accused parties reportedly received information that two men had arrived on the beach in a boat stacked to the brim with protected wildlife species from Venezuela. The officers then went to the beach and robbed the men at gunpoint.

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IFAW Headquarters Named Top Green Building

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Je, 04/16/2009

“We are honored to receive AIA’s top ten green award,” said IFAW President Fred O’Regan. “Our international headquarters is a platform for our campaigns around the world. The green design reflects our commitment to protect animals, their habitats and the environment.”

The 2009 COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology.

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No market for pelts overshadows expanded seal hunt quota

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Me, 04/08/2009

“Of course we are pleased,” said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). “If market conditions ultimately lead to the demise of this inhumane slaughter, that’s fine by us.

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Japan's whalers return with bloody sway

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Ma, 04/14/2009

Three whaling vessels returned to Shimonoseki port yesterday morning and the accident prone factory vessel, the Nisshin Maru, is expected to return today. 

According to Japan’s Fisheries Agency, the whalers have killed 679 minke whales and 1 fin whale, an endangered species - around 70 percent of Japan’s self-allocated quota (935 minke whales and 50 fin whales).  This year’s kill brings the total number of whales killed by Japan under its so-called ‘scientific’ research program in the Southern Ocean to 9,408.

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Canadian Senator Mac Harb observes seal hunt and renews his effort to end it

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Di, 03/29/2009
"Continuing to defend the commercial seal hunt is not the answer," said Senator Mac Harb. "The government can’t go on burying its head in the sand and pretending everything is going to be okay.
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First section of Canada’s commercial seal hunt closes – over 17,200 seals killed in just over two days

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Me, 03/25/2009

Observers with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) have just returned after witnessing the slaughter of harp seal pups during this year’s commercial seal hunt.

“We witnessed today a classic example of the cruelty associated with this hunt. An injured, bleeding seal escaped into the water before a sealer could get to it. The sealer tried to pull the seal out by the hind flippers but it slipped underwater anyway,” said Cheryl Jacobson, hunt observer with IFAW.

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Canada’s 2009 commercial seal hunt opens today – the world watches as 280,000 baby seals are set to die

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Lu, 03/23/2009

Canada’s commercial seal hunt is the largest hunt for marine mammals in the world. Sealers are allowed to kill 280,000 harp seal pups this year, provided they have begun to molt their white coats, which occurs when the animals are about two weeks old.

“It’s preposterous that the Canadian government insists on moving forward with this hunt.” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW.

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Canadian Senator introduces groundbreaking legislation to end the commercial seal hunt

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Ma, 03/03/2009
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“This is truly a historic moment – a moment that marks the beginning of the inevitable end to Canada’s commercial seal hunt,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW. “Senator Harb has shown incredible leadership and courage by speaking out on behalf of the majority of Canadians on this issue.”

The bill is an amendment to the Fisheries Act and would prohibit the commercial hunting of seals in Canadian waters, while protecting the rights of aboriginal peoples to hunt seals.

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European seal import ban a step closer after crucial EU vote

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Lu, 03/02/2009

MEPs from the IMCO (Internal Market and Consumer Protection) Committee, today voted overwhelmingly in favor of a ban on the trade in seal products without any derogations, and with the only exemption for products from traditional Inuit seal hunts.

The 25:7 majority vote defeats plans for a proposed labeling system put forward by the IMCO rapporteur, UK Liberal MEP Diana Wallis.

IFAW opposes Canada’s commercial seal hunt because it is cruel and unnecessary, with more than a quarter of a million seals clubbed or shot each year primarily so their fur can be used by

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