IFAW Rescues Elephant Calf From Poachers

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Je, 02/23/2006
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IFAW rescuers who responded to an oil spill in Estonia found the female swan with its feet and body frozen in ice. The swan had been oiled and was near death.
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Shiver was one of 13 mute swans set free after the oil spill. IFAW rescuers found the female swan near death with its feet and body frozen in ice.

DFO puts harp seals in jeopardy, study finds

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Je, 02/16/2006
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Scientists with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Russell Leaper and Justin Matthews, conducted the study, entitled An Investigation of the effects of uncertainty on Canadian harp seal management. The authors assessed the federal government’s methods for determining population size and trends for Northwest Atlantic harp seals, as well as their approach for setting hunting quotas.

“The risk to the seal population is alarmingly high.

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Italy temporarily bans imports of Canadian seal products

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Lu, 02/13/2006
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Today’s announcement from Rome assured that no import licences would be granted for seal products in the coming months. In addition to the temporary ban, a legislative proposal to permanently prohibit all commerce in seal skins and seal derived products also was introduced into the Italian parliament. That proposal is supported by the government coalition and is designed to complement the existing import ban on cat and dog fur.

Italy’s fur industry makes it one of the most important markets for seal pelts in Europe.

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Italy temporarily banned the importation of Canadian seal products like the ones pictured here. Italy's fur industry is one of the most important markets for seal pelts in Europe.

Oil “Timebomb” Threatens Wildlife in Estonia

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Ve, 02/10/2006
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A portion of the 20-ton oil spill, which is currently trapped under a sheet of ice, may be released when the ice melts in coming months. The thaw may put birds and other wildlife at serious risk of becoming oiled and killed.

“Because it’s covered in ice, the oil can not be cleared up immediately. In spring, when the ice begins to melt, there will be the opportunity to recover the oil. However, there is a risk that seabirds will become oiled again as the oil warms up and starts to re-distribute.

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Beach rescuers attempt to save an oiled mute swan frozen to the ice at the ocean's edge in Estonia. An international team of wildlife experts from IFAW is trying to save thousands of seabirds caught in a 20 metric ton oil spill off the north east coast of Estonia. <BR>

IFAW Wins Improved Conditions for Australian Elephants

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Lu, 02/06/2006
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IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare), RSPCA Australia and Humane Society International (HSI) appealed the decision by the Environment Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, to approve the import permits for the elephants.

“While we would prefer the import permits were refused, our appeal has resulted in significant improvements for the elephants,” said IFAW’s Rebecca Brand.

“This result demonstrates the zoos plan did not meet the welfare needs of the animals and proves that our groups were right to challenge the decision,” said Jane Sp

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IFAW ER Team helps wildlife at Estonia oil spill

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Lu, 02/06/2006
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The oil spill reached shore on January 28 and has spread to affect more than 50 kilometers of coastline around Ristna, Estonia. To date, more than 2,000 dead birds have washed up on the beach. IFAW estimates an additional 10,000 seabirds are at risk from the spill. Most of the birds impacted are long tailed ducks and golden eye ducks, other species include mute swans and great crested grebes.
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Oiled goldeneye and long tailed ducks affected by the mystery spill in Estonia

New Regulations Limit Tiger Trade

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Ma, 01/31/2006
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“These draft regulations are a good first step, but only address public contact with dangerous animals at licensed wildlife sanctuaries. IFAW will be working to ensure animals and people are protected at every big cat facility across the country,” said IFAW’s Josephine Martell. “In addition, it is essential that the final rules add strict enforcement protocols and penalties not included in the draft.”

Before the passage of the CWSA, it was as simple and cheap to buy a tiger cub on the Internet as it was to buy a black lab pup.

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Direct contact between humans and dangerous animals, as shown in this picture, is common at many big cat facilities. IFAW is working to completely ban private ownership of big cats and other dangerous exotic pets.

IFAW China Educates Locals on Asian Elephant Protection

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Me, 01/18/2006
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Xishuangbanna, the last remaining rainforest in China, is home to 200 Asian elephants. Unfortunately, human development including farming and deforestation is creating human-elephant conflict in the region.

“I know elephants have lived around us for many years. They sometimes come down and eat our crops. My mom told me they killed one of the villagers because he was trying to hurt them,” said the 24-year-old Hani girl, Sangfin.

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Children play elephant games at IFAW's festival. Thousands of participants learned about the threats to Asian elephants and solutions to human-elephant conflict.

Wetstone to lead IFAW U.S. expansion

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Lu, 01/09/2006
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IFAW currently has offices in 15 countries and an international headquarters in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. The appointment of Mr. Wetstone initiates the process of establishing a major new U.S. presence, including new IFAW offices planned for Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York and Miami.

Mr.

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Whales Killed by Japan in Protected Waters

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Ve, 01/06/2006
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The footage shows Japanese whalers using a high-powered harpoon to gun the minke whale down.&nbsp; The harpoon embeds in the minke’s back, hooking the large whale, but failing to kill it. The whale is then reeled in and tethered to the side of the boat with the harpoon still embedded in it.
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Japanese whalers use high powered harpoons to kill a minke whale. Despite a global ban on commercial whaling, Japan is currently hunting 935 minke whales in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary.