IFAW cautiously welcomes EU ban on seal products but warns that exemptions could allow cruelty to continue

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Me, 07/23/2008
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The proposal, announced today (Wed) by EU Environment Commissioner Mr. Stavros Dimas, comes after growing political opposition and a huge public outcry in the European Union about the ongoing commercial hunts for young seals. Opinion polls in EU Member States show that millions of citizens want the trade to stop. Earlier this month more than 1,000 animal welfare supporters from across Europe joined IFAW and other groups at a demonstration in Brussels to call for an outright ban on seal products.
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IFAW to eBay: First clean up your own site

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Ve, 09/05/2008
This week, eBay launched WorldofGood.com, billing it as “a new e-commerce marketplace” that offers “products that have a positive impact on people and the planet.” This contrasts with eBay’s global policies which IFAW has shown abdicate responsibility for the purchase and sale of endangered species on its sites worldwide.

“We appreciate eBay taking a leadership role in making online shopping more ethical and transparent,” said Peter Pueschel, Director of IFAW’s Wildlife Trade program.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Five Asiatic black bears return to the wild

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Me, 07/16/2008
The bears, hand-reared at the CBRC, were undergoing acclimatisation in the wild at Upper Dikarai since September last year.
 
Following the soft-release protocol known as "assisted release", the bears were taken for daily walks in the wild assisted by their caretaker or 'surrogate mother'. While the animals were encouraged to feed on their natural food, their diet was also supplemented with concentrate food at the deep forest camp where they spent the nights.
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Arunachal Pradesh, India
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Orphaned Grizzly Bears Released into the Wild

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Lu, 07/14/2008
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"The long term goal of this pilot project is to help develop standards and protocols for grizzly bear rehabilitation that can be replicated in other provinces, territories and possibly states", said IFAW campaigner Kim Elmslie, "This project can revolutionize the way we rehabilitate and reintroduce grizzly bears into the wild."

The bear cubs, nicknamed Suzy and Johnny are both a year and a half old, and were rehabilitated at the NLWS center in Smithers, British Columbia. Suzy was orphaned in June 2007 after her mother was killed by a poacher.

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British Columbia, Canada
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Paul McCartney supports demonstrators in call for ban on trade in seal products

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Ma, 07/01/2008
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Rock legend Paul McCartney joined concerned citizens from all over Europe in their call for a strong EU ban on the trade in seal products as they demonstrated outside the offices of the European Commission in Brussels today. Organised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society International (HSI), GAIA and Eurogroup for Animals, the peaceful demonstration attracted people from across the European Union and beyond, including countries such as Germany, Slovakia, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Finland, UK, Sweden, Italy, and Croatia.
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European Union
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Midwest Animal Rescue Operation Ends in Success, 69 Pigs Brought to Safety

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Je, 07/10/2008
"This rescue operation could not have been completed without the help of each individual on the ground representing these four organizations, as well as local law enforcement, the state department of agriculture and emergency responders who worked in tandem to make this rescue a success,” said Dick Green, Disaster Relief Manager for IFAW.
 
The rescue team was comprised of approximately 25 people working 16-18 hour days during a course of nearly three weeks.
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New report charts massive growth of whale watch industry in Latin America

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Ma, 06/24/2008
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According to a new report from WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Global Ocean, Latin America will host more than one million whale watch customers this year, if the current strong growth in the industry continues.
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Receding flood waters threaten hog rescue operation in Midwest

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Ve, 06/27/2008
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org), American Humane Association (www.americanhumane.org), Farm Sanctuary (www.farmsanctuary.org) and Animal Rescue League of Boston (www.arlboston.org) landed in Illinois one week ago to assist with animal flood victims but were later called on by the State of Iowa to assist with the stranded hogs.
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Rescue groups respond to animals trapped in Midwest floods

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Lu, 06/23/2008
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Staging at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Quincy, Illinois, the three groups – the first to enter Illinois to assist in animal relief – have set up a temporary shelter, which is growing each day. Twenty fawns, rescued by local groups from atop an overflowing  levee, where they tried to escape rising floodwaters, are now being cared for at the shelter.
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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Navy Sonar Case Ruling Could Be Made By This Fall

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Lu, 06/23/2008
In April, the Navy petitioned the Court for review of the February 29, 2008, decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, allowing naval training exercises to continue in the Southern California region but with greater environmental safeguards in the use of harmful mid-frequency active sonar (MFA).
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