Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescue: IFAW Saves Dogs and Cats

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Thu, 09/01/2005
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During natural disasters, animals are often lost or owners are forced to leave them behind during mandatory evacuations. Local animal groups, whose own facilities have been devastated or destroyed, have requested assistance to deal with the overwhelming situation. IFAW will be teaming up with Code 3, a 78-foot self-sufficient, mobile disaster response unit, and a team from United Animal Nations (UAN) to mount the emergency relief effort.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Kerry Branon (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW Rescues Animals from Floods in India

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Fri, 08/26/2005
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“Massive flooding in the city of Mumbai and areas in Gujarat and Maharashtra has already killed thousands of animals,” said Anand Ramanathan, IFAW Emergency Relief operations manager. “In response, IFAW and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) have mobilized Emergency Relief team members to rescue as many animals we can.”
 
Northeast India is known for annual flooding but this year unexpected floods in Western India left many unprepared.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Lou Cafiero (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Rehabilitator, Kadambari Mainkar, bottle-feeds a rhino calf at the Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in Assam, India after it was rescued from severe flooding in 2004.

Poaching Remains Main Threat to Tibetan Antelope

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Sat, 08/20/2005
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The Tibetan antelope is one of the flagship species of China’s Qinghai-Tibet, China Plateau and is highly endangered. By the mid-1990s its population had plummeted, from an estimated 2 million at the turn of 20th century, to merely 75,000 animals. Tibetan antelopes, also called Chiru, are hunted for their wool – considered the finest in the world -- which is woven into garments called Shahtoosh shawls.
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Urmuqi, Xinjiang China
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Jeff He
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Baby Tibetan antelopes like this one are highly endangered due to poaching.

Illegal Trade in Endangered Animals Flourishes on Web

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Tue, 08/16/2005
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Every single day thousands of wild animals and animal parts – from live chimpanzees and huge ivory tusks to tiny dried seahorses – are illegally traded in cyberspace. IFAW conducted a three-month investigation which showed that, in a single week, over 9,000 live animals or products were for sale on English-language websites, chat rooms and the popular auction site eBay. At least 70% of the products were species protected by international law.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Chris Cutter (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW Rescues Elephant Calf From Poachers

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Tue, 08/02/2005
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“It is very disappointing that an elephant was nearly killed by poachers within a protected nature reserve,” said Dr. Zhang Li IFAW’s Director of China, “Stronger measures must be taken to tackle wildlife poaching in the nature reserves to prevent more animals from suffering and death.”

After finding the trapped elephant, members of IFAW’s Asian elephant protection team anesthetized the calf, freed its leg from the clamp and moved it to a location where its wounds could treated by medical staff.

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Beijing, China
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Jeff He (IFAW, China)
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An elephant calf gets close to its keeper at the IFAW sponsored Wildlife Rescue Center in Assam, India.

Interpol Gives Ecomessage Award to Kenya for Fighting Wildlife Crime

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Mon, 07/18/2005
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Ecomessage, a new Interpol reporting system designed in collaboration with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), allows real-time access to wildlife crime information among law enforcement agencies worldwide.
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Yarmouth Port, Mass.
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Chris Galazzi (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Ecomessage, a new Interpol reporting system designed in collaboration with IFAW allows real-time access to wildlife crime information among law enforcement agencies worldwide.

IFAW’s Penguin Network Releases First Birds

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Thu, 07/07/2005
The Magellanic penguins were released by one of the network’s organizations, Fundacion Mundo Marino, in Argentina. More releases are expected in upcoming weeks.

“Since May more than 60 penguins have been cared for, but historically, late July is the peak of the oiled penguin season, as it is related to their migration, and the expectation is that there will be many more oiled penguins in the weeks to come,” said Dr.

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Argentina
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Nick Jenkins (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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26 penguins are released by Fundacion Mundo Marino on June 27th, in northeastern Argentina.

Illegal Ivory Trade Flourishes in China

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Tue, 06/28/2005
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“This report clearly shows the links between the legal and illegal ivory trades. Chinese policy makers and enforcement officials have tried to bring the trade under control, but according to IFAW’s study there simply is no way to stop the illegal sale of ivory in China as long as legal ivory sales continue,” said Peter Pueschel, program manager, IFAW.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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The 6.5 metric tonne ivory haul was seized in Singapore three years ago and is the single largest seizure of illegal ivory since the trade was banned by the U.N. Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) in 1989.

Whaling Commission Saved, Whales Still in Trouble

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Fri, 06/24/2005
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Japan formally presented plans to double its “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica and added endangered humpback and fin whales to its target list at this week’s session.  A clear majority of IWC member countries yesterday passed a strongly worded resolution calling on Japan to withdraw its new scientific whaling plan.   

“The conservation majority at the IWC is saved, but the whales are not.  Japan is killing hundreds of whales right now in the North Pacific and plans

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Ulsan, Korea
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Patrick Ramage (IFAW, Headquarters) at Korea IWC meeting
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Close-up of a minke whale.

IWC Notes Growth of Whale Watching Industry Worldwide

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Thu, 06/23/2005
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“More and more countries are saying no to whaling and yes to whale watching, said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW delegate to the IWC meeting. “Whale watching is a win-win solution for whales and people, bringing terrific economic opportunities to coastal communities worldwide.
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Ulsan, Korea
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Whale watchers off the coast of Provincetown, MA get a great view of a humpback.