New IFAW presence in Dubai

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Me, 04/04/2007
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Dubai is a major regional and global travel and commercial hub that offers IFAW the opportunity to reach a large and diverse audience with its awareness building and educational programs. Further, the U.A.E.’s regional and global leadership on wildlife issues complements the work that IFAW is doing to protect threatened wildlife and habitats.  IFAW has a productive relationship with the U.A.E. Ministry of Environment through their work on wildlife enforcement trainings.
 
The office will be a regional office for the Middle East.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Lynn A. Levine (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Global warming disaster as thousands of harp seal pups perish: Experts call for annual seal hunt to be cancelled

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Ma, 03/27/2007
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“The conditions this year are disastrous. I’ve surveyed this region for six years and I haven’t seen anything like this.“ said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW.  “There is wide open water and almost no seals. I only saw a handful of adult harp seals and even fewer pups, where normally we should be seeing thousands and tho
usands of seals.”

The ice conditions this year are among the worst on record. Scientists have recorded below average ice conditions in the Gulf of St.
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Charlottetown, Canada
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Canada government announces massive hunt of 270,000 seals despite global outcry

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Je, 03/29/2007
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In recent years, the government has set the yearly TAC around 300,000 animals, a number well above the sustainable levels estimated by its own scientists. This year, despite poor ice conditions that could result in 100% natural seal pup mortality, the government is continuing to ignore the scientific evidence provided by its own scientists by setting the TAC at 270,000 animals.
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Ottawa, Canada
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IFAW observers witness hunting activity on opening day of Canada’s commercial seal hunt

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Lu, 04/02/2007
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The team traveled by plane and helicopter and observed a single sealing vessel as it began hunting seals on the opening day of the Gulf hunt. As expected, sealers were shooting at seals on small ice pans from their boat. “What we saw today was the cruelty of shooting seals in open water,” said Sheryl Fink, observer and senior researcher with IFAW.
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Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
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Harp seal population at risk due to global warming -- Canadian government urged to call off seal hunt

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Me, 03/14/2007
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According to the latest reports from scientific agencies in Canada, ice conditions on Canada’s east coast are shaping up to be among the worst on record. Current ice conditions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence appear to be worse than in 2002, when Canadian government scientists estimated that 75 percent of the newborn seal pups died as a consequence of bad ice conditions. Seal pups are unable to swim for the first few weeks of life, and need solid ice on which to live and nurse from their mothers.
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Ottawa, Canada
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Conservationists support Japanese whaling decision

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Me, 02/28/2007
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"IFAW will continue to oppose the Government of Japan's whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary and its international efforts to expand commercial whaling, but our thoughts and prayers at this time are also with Kazutaka Makita, the crew member who has died, his wife and young children," said Patrick Ramage, IFAW's Global Whale Program Manager.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Government Set to Hobble South Africa’s Elephant-back Tourism Industry

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Je, 03/08/2007
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Recommendations contained in the Draft National Norms and Standards for Elephant Management released on Friday, 2nd March, include stopping the capture from the wild of anything other than genuine orphan elephant calves.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Ivory DNA study sheds light on escalating international trade

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Lu, 02/26/2007
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The ivory targeted for sampling, representative of approximately 3,000- 6,500 elephants, was confiscated in Singapore. By current estimations of customs authorities, a mere 10% of contraband products (guns, drugs, etc.) are intercepted. Presently, if such a premise is applied to ivory, considering the rampant ivory trade this past year, approximately 20,000 elephants were slaughtered for their ivory.
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Germany moves forward with proposed legislation to ban the import of all seal-derived products

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Lu, 02/26/2007
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This decision follows the German Parliament’s October 19 motion calling for a national ban on seal products until an EU-wide ban is passed. As there is no immediate response on the EU-level, Mr. Seehofer will move forward with the German national ban. “We appreciate Horst Seehofer’s decision on the quick implementation of a national trade ban. This is a clear signal from the German government that it wants no part of Canada’s commercial seal hunt this March,” said Dr. Rolf Sonntag, Director of IFAW’s German Office.
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Berlin, Germany
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IFAW implores Japan to recall fire-damaged whaling fleet

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Ve, 02/23/2007
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Japan’s government-sponsored whaling fleet is currently in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary, where it is hunting a self allocated quota of more than 900 whales. The Southern Ocean Sanctuary is a marine preserve established in 1994 to protect whales from commercial whaling in the waters surrounding Antarctica.
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