IFAW applauds Arkansas ban on private ownership of lions, tigers and bears

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Je, 04/21/2005
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“We applaud the Arkansas legislators who voted to pass this bill and particularly House Representative Phillip Jackson who originally introduced it, for their wisdom and foresight in protecting the public by prohibiting people from owning dangerous, wild and exotic animals,” said Josephine Martell, IFAW Campaign Officer.

Across the United States, legislators have come to recognize that private ownership of dangerous exotic animals is a national public safety threat.

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IFAW to South African Government: Return gorillas to Cameroon

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Je, 04/14/2005
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An IFAW team yesterday freely gained access to the still-under-construction gorilla enclosure at the Pretoria Zoo and was able to view and photograph the young animals.

“In our opinion the gorillas are in fact already on public display witnessed by the fact that we photographed foreign tourists taking pictures of the animals unsupervised in the indoor enclosure of the new facility,” said Christina Pretorius, IFAW Southern Africa Communications Manager.

IFAW said today marks the first anniversary of the gorilla’s arrival in South Africa on 14 April 2005

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Canada kicks off annual hunt for baby seals

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Ma, 03/29/2005
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“Many people mistakenly think Canada stopped hunting baby seals decades ago,” said Fred O’Regan, IFAW’s president and CEO. “But the size of Canada’s modern, commercial hunt is bigger now than it has been in 50 years.”

Each spring the entire Northwest Atlantic harp seal population migrates to the East Coast of Newfoundland to mate, give birth and nurse their young. In one of nature’s great wildlife spectacles, thousands of seals are born on the pristine ice floes off eastern Canada in early March.

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A seal hunter clubbing a seal on the ice floes off the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the 2004 hunt. 319,500 seals are expected to be killed in this year's hunt, which begins today.

IFAW supports call for on-the-spot fines to tackle illegal meat imports

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Me, 03/23/2005
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Alarmingly, the NAO report reveals a possible link between bushmeat and organised crime. According to Government figures, in 2001 and 2002 bushmeat made up almost 14% of all illegal meat seizures (1), and the NAO report states that bushmeat constitutes around 2% of seizures of all products of animal origin (including fish and milk products).

“The illegal bushmeat trade means high profits and little chance of detection for those involved”, says Jenny Hawley, wildlife trade campaigner for IFAW UK.

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The bushmeat trade is pushing great ape species such as gorillas towards extinction.

Mexican Senate recommends banning importation of seal products

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Ma, 03/22/2005
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“The Mexican senate has demanded the Ministry of the Economy to ban the importation of seal products from Canada. This is an accurate and strategic decision because Mexico is a commercial partner with Canada in the North American Free Trade Agreement,” said Beatriz Bugeda, IFAW’s Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The official criticism by the Mexican Senate now means that legislative bodies from both of Canada’s NAFTA partners, Mexico and the United States, have advanced legislation denouncing Canada’s hunt for baby seals.

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A baby harp seal born on the pristine ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The annual baby seal hunt will begin next week.

SANParks accused of trying to force through elephant cull plans

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Ma, 03/15/2005
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“IFAW is very concerned that SANParks appears to be presenting a fait accompli in asking the public to prepare itself for the imminent resumption of an elephant cull,” said Jason Bell, Southern Africa Director of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org).

“In IFAW’s opinion SANParks has had 10 years to come up with an appropriate and scientifically sound management plan for elephants and haven’t done so – now, with their backs against the wall, it seems they are looking for a qui

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One of nature’s great wonders: Annual birth of seal pups off coast of Eastern Canada

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Ma, 03/08/2005
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Each winter, the entire northwest Atlantic harp seal population migrates to the east coast of Canada to give birth and mate. Unfortunately, the window for enjoying this spectacular phenomenon is short. Canadians will begin hunting hundreds of thousands of the baby seals in just a few weeks.

“The harp seal migration is one of the earth's last great wildlife spectacles," IFAW President Fred O'Regan said.

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IFAW helps remove lions, tigers and leopards from private owners in Nevada

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Ma, 03/01/2005
“Keeping lions and tigers as pets is a growing phenomenon that is causing a huge public safety and animal welfare issue,” said IFAW’s Josephine Martell, “It’s a bad idea for animals and people.”

The number of Americans keeping tigers and other big cats as pets continues to grow. IFAW estimates that there are 10,000 tigers being kept as pets in the U.S., double the amount left living in the wild in the entire world. Since 1990, tigers have killed 11 people and injured 60 others.

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IFAW celebrates start of UK hunt ban

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Ve, 02/18/2005
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IFAW has campaigned relentlessly for this ban since 1989, arguing that hunting with dogs is both cruel and unnecessary and cannot be made humane by any amount of regulation. Its two full-time hunt monitors have gathered vital evidence of cruelty and malpractice by hunts. Following the ban, IFAW’s hunt monitors will continue following hunts to ensure that they obey the law.

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Environmentalists breathe easier as South Africa signs on for oil spill relief

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Me, 01/19/2005
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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), WWF-South Africa and BirdLife South Africa, have applauded the decision by Government to sign onto international conventions that allow multi-billion Rand claims for clean up costs in the event of an oil spill.

The 1992 International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) and its associated Fund Convention provides for claims of R2-billion and, in special circumstances, up to R3-billion.

“South Africa lies on one of the world’s

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