Icelandic whalers harpoon first minke whale of season

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Ve, 04/27/2007
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Poor weather conditions are believed to have hampered whalers’ efforts to find other whales so far. If 39 whales are harpooned this season, it will bring to 200 the number of minke whales killed since 2003 under Iceland’s scientific whaling programme.

Iceland and Japan both use a loophole in the worldwide ban on whaling to hunt whales for “scientific” research.

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Austrian Parliament votes for National Ban for Seal Products

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Me, 04/25/2007
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Before the vote IFAW-Staff emphasized their demand for a ban with a giant inflatable seal in front of the Parliament in Vienna. Politicians of the Green Party and the Socialdemocratic Party were present to show their support.

Following Croatia, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, Austria is the sixth European country to introduce a national ban on seal products. Austrian minister for the environment, Josef Pröll (ÖVP), stated that he will also work for a ban on EU-level. National bans also exist in the USA and Mexico.

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Federal Legislation Introduced To Protect Public

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Lu, 04/23/2007
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There are currently more than 10,000 captive big cats, such as tigers and lions, held captive in the U.S. In recent years, captive big cats have killed more than a dozen people and injured more than 50 people. Many big cats are owned by individuals or organizations that have been licensed by the USDA to exhibit, breed, or sell these dangerous wild animals. While the terms of the license include certain requirements for the care of the big cats, the license does not address risks to public safety, nor does it firmly prohibit direct contact between the public and big cats.
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Taiping Four Gorillas – Wet Weather Stops Play as Malaysia Delays Decision

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Ve, 04/06/2007
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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) today announced that the last opportunity to move the gorillas during optimal weather conditions – essential for the welfare of the animals – had passed. The next opportunity to move the gorillas will be from October 2007 when drier weather resumes in Cameroon.
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Canada’s 2007 commercial seal hunt starts today – 270,000 seal pups are set to be slaughtered

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Lu, 04/02/2007
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Canada has allowed over one million seals to be killed in the past three years. With this year’s commercial total allowable catch limit set at 270,000 seals, this becomes the fourth consecutive year in which the government allocation has exceeded the amount of seals that can be removed without causing the population to decline. Last year, the government set the limit at 335,000 seals, while the total number of seals actually killed was more than 354,000, based on official government figures.
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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