Vervet monkey “witch” burned to death in South Africa

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The killing of the monkey made headlines on newspapers and news websites throughout South Africa yesterday, attracting a barrage of angry comments from readers as well as the attention of the international media.

Cora Bailey, of Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) and companion animal advisor for International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org), was called to rescue the monkey by a concerned local resident after local police officials did not respond to his call for help.

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Asia/Africa Range States Pledge Support for Elephants

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Ma, 05/24/2011

The signing of the “New Delhi E-8 Recommendation for Global Elephant Conservation” in India today is a welcome step by countries with hitherto very different approaches to elephant management to collaborate to ensure the adoption of pragmatic conservation strategies for the long-term protection of elephant populations in the wild.

The self-named “E-8” represents four African and four Asian countries with wild elephant populations – Botswana, Congo (Brazzaville), Indonesia, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.

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Iceland's fin whaler declares truce

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Ma, 05/10/2011

Robbie Marsland, IFAW’s UK Director and global Iceland whales campaign manager, said: “Faced with the enormous difficulty in trading with Japan, the only legally possible buyer; the fact that there is no market for fin whale meat in Iceland; the threat of sanctions from the US and an implacably anti-whaling EU; it looks like Mr Loftsson has finally recognised that there is no real point in continuing to kill fin whales. We hope he continues to leave them in peace.”

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Massive ivory seizure in China shows illegal ivory trade thriving

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Ma, 04/19/2011

The confiscation comes just two weeks after Thailand customs officials found 247 elephant tusks concealed inside a consignment of frozen fish from Kenya.

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) salutes the achievement of the Chinese authorities but warns that this is just one shipment in a staggering illegal trade which threatens the continued existence of elephants in some range states.

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Brussels, Belgium
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IFAW documents unacceptable cruelty during 2011 seal hunt

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Me, 04/13/2011

“We have ample evidence that the three-step process to ensure humane killing is not being followed.  Neither the test for unconsciousness, nor bleeding out to ensure death, is being conducted” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “As a consequence, we filmed the horror of a live seal pup being sliced down the belly while likely still conscious, and tossed ruthlessly in the bottom of a boat.

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Cornerbrook, Canada
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IFAW - Canada’s Sealhunt: Is it worth it?

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Lu, 04/11/2011

“It is day one of the commercial seal hunt on The Front and only 27 boats have gone out and sealers are being quoted in the news saying it’s not feasible to hunt seals.” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “If hunting seals is a market-driven industry as many people claim, then why isn’t the Canadian government listening to what the market is saying and why are millions of tax dollars being poured into it?”

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Newfoundland, Canada
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IFAW: Supporting the commercial seal hunt makes no economic sense

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Je, 04/07/2011

IFAW questions why promises of federal support for Canada’s commercial seal hunt continue to increase, when cuts of $84.7 million to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and $31.9 million to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are being proposed by the Conservatives.

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Climate change clobbers Canada’s commercial seal hunt

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Me, 03/30/2011

IFAW is on the East Coast to document the commercial seal hunt and has found almost no ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and consequently very few seals. According to Environment Canada data, ice coverage has been below normal for the past 17 years, with 2010 and 2011 being two of the worst on record. 

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India announces increase in wild tiger population at opening of summit follow-up meeting

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Lu, 03/28/2011
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India is home to more than half the world’s wild tiger population, which totals as few as 3,000 individuals in 13 range countries in east and southeast Asia.

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IFAW: Fisheries Minister sacrifices seals to win votes

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Ve, 03/25/2011

IFAW calls the increase of 70,000 seals irresponsible and shortsighted, noting that seal pups are being threatened by some of the worst ice conditions on record and that global demand for seal products remains low.

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Toronto, Canada
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