Rhinos suffer as latest victims of the illicit wildlife trade

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Lu, 07/18/2011
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“Across Europe, thieves are targeting museums to steal antique rhino horns.  These crimes obviously have grave implications for museum collections and visitors, as well as the Earth’s rhinos, who are being slaughtered to near extinction to fuel the demand for their horns on the black market.  These thefts speak to the value of products derived from wildlife and the lengths to which people will go to profit from their illicit trade.

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Training for Horn of Africa Government Officials to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Ve, 07/01/2011
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Jointly organised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock & Fishery Resources in Djibouti, the training aims to cover issues on status of species, magnitude of trade, criminal smuggling techniques, law enforcement, international trade conventions and organisations and inter-agencies cooperation that pertains to wildlife.

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Djibouti, Djibouti
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Bloody week as Poachers kill 22 elephants in Chad, ivory seized in Portugal and India

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Lu, 06/20/2011
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The elephants were killed by camel-riding poachers in the south-west region of Chad, on the border with Cameroon, between Monday 13th and Friday 17th June. The Chad army was unable to prevent the killings.

The killings bring to at least 170 the number of elephants killed for their ivory in this region of the central African country in the past 12 months. It is estimated that Chad’s elephant population has decreased by about 40 per cent from 4,000 individuals in 2006 to around 2,500 in the most recent census in 2010, most commonly poached for their ivory.

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Reims, France
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Bear lift: Rescued grizzly bears return to the wild in BC pilot project

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Di, 06/26/2011
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The rescue, transport and release of the Grizzlies is part of a unique cooperative pilot project between the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org), the Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS – www.wildlifeshetler.com) and the British Columbia Ministries of Environment, and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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British Columbia
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Gray seals under fire on Cape Cod

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Je, 06/09/2011
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Given the large population of gray seals in this area, it is not uncommon to find stranded animals along the shore; however, these cases presented differently. In two instances, trained staff members recognized external wounds on the seals as gun shot wounds. As a result, all seal strandings are being more closely examined for evidence of human interactions, including gunshots.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass
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IFAW donors offer $5000 in rewards for information on gray seal shootings

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Ma, 06/14/2011
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“We are truly grateful for the tremendous support we are receiving from our community including Sheila FitzGerald and Arpad Voros of the Old Yarmouth Inn on the recent seal deaths,” said Katie Moore, manager of IFAW’s marine mammal rescue team. “We are hopeful that the reward money will help find those responsible and bring an end to the seal shootings on Cape Cod once and for all.”

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New whale protection campaign urges tourists visiting Iceland to avoid eating whale meat

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Ve, 06/03/2011
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Launching tomorrow (Saturday) with the slogan ‘Meet Us Don’t Eat Us’, the project by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare www.ifaw.org) and the Icelandic Whale Watching Association (Icewhale), encourages tourists to enjoy whales in the wild on whale watching trips, rather than sampling whale meat in restaurants.

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Reykjavik
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Initial Deadline to Protect African Lions Missed

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Je, 06/02/2011
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“Over the past two decades, the number of African lions has declined by nearly 50 percent. Today, fewer than 40,000 lions remain in just a few countries with only a third of those lions living in viable, protected populations,” said Adam Roberts, executive vice president for Born Free USA. “We urge the U.S. to take action before it’s too late to save this iconic species.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C.
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Government of Japan launches animal evacuation operation in Fukushima

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Ve, 05/13/2011
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“The animals of Fukushima have been in our thoughts since the disaster struck. We’re incredibly relieved to learn that Japan has begun this rescue effort,” said Dr. Dick Green, IFAW Manager for Disasters. “The team of veterinarians and officials from the Ministry of Environment are following our Committee’s recommendations aimed at ensuring safety for both animals and people.”

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IFAW: Immediate action warranted for animals inside Fukushima evacuation zone

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Ma, 05/10/2011
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The Committee was formed by representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): APHIS Animal Care and Wildlife Services, United States Army Veterinary Corps, veterinary and toxicology experts from the U.S. and Japan, academicians, and IFAW. The Japanese Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) participated in the summit as observers.

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