Canadians speak out on the commercial seal hunt: Not with our money!

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Mon, 07/14/2008
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"The Canadian public is saying enough is enough." said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher for IFAW.
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Ottawa, Canada
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Rob Rosenfeld (IFAW, Canada)
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Olympic travelers urged to Think Twice and avoid wildlife souvenirs

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Mon, 07/07/2008
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IFAW staff visiting markets in Beijing have discovered many souvenirs made from rare wild animals, including ivory carvings, musical instruments covered in reptile skin and traditional Chinese medicines containing endangered species.  These were found in tourist and curio markets and IFAW is concerned that unwitting tourists may be buying these items as a memento of their holiday, unaware that this trade is pushing endangered animals to the brink of extinction.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Lynn A. Levine (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IWC Voting Stops, But Whaling Continues

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Tue, 06/24/2008
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“IWC countries are being pressured not to vote for conservation measures.   If Japan, Iceland and Norway are genuinely interested in compromise, they should immediately suspend their  whaling as a sign of good faith,” Ramage said.   

The IWC has been deadlocked in recent years as the last three nations engaged in whaling for commercial purposes – Japan, Iceland and Norway – have fought to block conservation measures in the forum.
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Santiago, Chile
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Jacob Levenson (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Conservation or Compromise? Whaling Commission Meets at Crossroads

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Mon, 06/23/2008
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Conservationists worldwide, including experts with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org), expressed concern that a compromise might be agreed that would overturn the moratorium and legitimize commercial whaling.  “The IWC agreed to end commercial whaling in 1986,”said Patrick Ramage, IFAW global whale program director.
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Santiago, Chile
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Mystery Meat: Japan Unable to Account for Fin Whales on Sale

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Mon, 06/23/2008
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The research team, led by Dr. Scott Baker of Oregon State University, analyzed DNA from 99 whale meat products purchased in Japanese markets since 2006 and identified six baleen whale species: humpback, fin, sei, Bryde’s, North Pacific minke and Antarctic minke.  In the case of the fin whales, the study used methods similar to human forensic genetics to identify products from a total of 15 individual for sale in 2006 and 207. However, the Government of Japan reported a total of only13 fin whales killed under its scientific whaling program over the same period.
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Santiago, Chile
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WTI-IFAW Project Ensures Zero Elephant Deaths on Rajaji Railway Track (India)

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Tue, 06/17/2008
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The railway line, which joins the holy city of Haridwar on the foothills of the Himalayas to the busy capital of the Uttarakhand state, Dehradun, had seen 20 elephant deaths, including those of tuskers and pregnant females, between 1987 and March 2002.

The report and the subsequent efforts by WTI-IFAW catalysed the Uttaranchal Forest Department and the Indian Railways to set up a coordination body that implemented the recommendations to ensure zero elephant deaths on this track since 2002.
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Rajaji NP, Uttarakhand
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Colleen Cullen (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Taiping 4 Gorilla "Oyin" Dies

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Mon, 06/09/2008
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“We are extremely upset by the news that Oyin, one of the gorillas relocated to Cameroon from South Africa in December 2007, has passed away. She had apparently been sickly for about 10 days.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius (IFAW, South Africa)
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Illegal Ivory Trade Thrives on eBay Despite Year-Old "Ban"

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Thu, 06/05/2008
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In response to these developments, IFAW today is renewing its call for eBay, Inc. to institute a full and complete ban on all elephant ivory products worldwide.
 
“eBay’s affiliates in countries including Germany, Australia, France and China have virtually eliminated the illegal ivory trade on their Web sites thanks to severe restrictions and outright bans, ” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW’s Washington, DC, Office Director.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Attempt to revive whale meat trade raises legal questions

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Wed, 06/04/2008
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While the exact circumstances and status of the shipments remains unclear, the export of fin and minke whale meat to Japan appears to have taken place without the knowledge or authorisation of relevant Icelandic, Norwegian and Japanese authorities according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
 
Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK, said: “We are still working to establish the facts in this particular case, but attempts by anyone to circumvent the relevant authorities and regulations to resuscitate the international trade in whale meat has very grav
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London, United Kingdom
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Clare Sterling (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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Food Relief for Pets Affected by Johannesburg Unrest

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Tue, 05/20/2008
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CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) which works in townships and informal settlements across Gauteng reports that companion animals were abandoned as their owners scrambled to flee the xenophobic violence that has spread across South Africa’s biggest city since last weekend.
 
“Under police guard CLAW was able to access Alexandra township (where the attacks began) towards the end of last week and is also working with human welfare ngos.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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