Canada kills 250,000 seal pups in annual hunt

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Thu, 04/21/2005
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The government sanctioned commercial hunt for seal pups opened in the Gulf of St Lawrence on 29 March 2005 and closed on 2 April 2005 resulting in the deaths of approximately 100,000 seal pups. On 15 April the hunt then moved on to the “Front” off the coast of Newfoundland where it continues with an estimated 150,000 harp seals already slaughtered.

Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt is the largest marine mammal hunt in the world.

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A sealer skins harp seals on a table set up on an ice floe, during the first day of the annual baby seal hunt in Canada. Canadian government has set a quota allowing 319,500 seal pups to be killed this year -- one of the largest quotas in the last 50 years.

IFAW gives Tibetan antelope more space to roam

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Mon, 04/11/2005
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Arjinshan is one of the primary ranges of Tibetan antelopes in the world and it has been threatened by livestock farming activities since the end of last century. In recent years, farmers gradually relocated themselves to lower altitudes out of the reserve, yet left about 6,000 acres of land enclosed by artificial fences. The remains of the fences are still threatening the survival of many wild animals by either barring their entry to feeding grounds or from migrating to their breeding destination.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Jeff He (IFAW, China)
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IFAW to South African Government: Return gorillas to Cameroon

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Thu, 04/14/2005
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An IFAW team yesterday freely gained access to the still-under-construction gorilla enclosure at the Pretoria Zoo and was able to view and photograph the young animals.

“In our opinion the gorillas are in fact already on public display witnessed by the fact that we photographed foreign tourists taking pictures of the animals unsupervised in the indoor enclosure of the new facility,” said Christina Pretorius, IFAW Southern Africa Communications Manager.

IFAW said today marks the first anniversary of the gorilla’s arrival in South Africa on 14 April 2005

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IFAW: Shell agrees to move oil pipeline to protect endangered Western Gray Whales

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Wed, 03/30/2005
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Shell announced today that they will move the pipeline 20 kilometers to the south, away from the main feeding area of the critically endangered Western Gray Whale. A coalition of environmental organizations from around the world has been demanding that Shell move the pipeline for several years.

This February, a group of internationally renowned IUCN experts published a scientific report confirming that the Sakhalin-2 project threatened the extinction of the Western Gray Whale.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Canada kicks off annual hunt for baby seals

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Tue, 03/29/2005
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“Many people mistakenly think Canada stopped hunting baby seals decades ago,” said Fred O’Regan, IFAW’s president and CEO. “But the size of Canada’s modern, commercial hunt is bigger now than it has been in 50 years.”

Each spring the entire Northwest Atlantic harp seal population migrates to the East Coast of Newfoundland to mate, give birth and nurse their young. In one of nature’s great wildlife spectacles, thousands of seals are born on the pristine ice floes off eastern Canada in early March.

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A seal hunter clubbing a seal on the ice floes off the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the 2004 hunt. 319,500 seals are expected to be killed in this year's hunt, which begins today.

Sixteen Years After Exxon Valdez Spill, Oil Continues to Kill Thousands of Seabirds Each Year

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Thu, 03/24/2005
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Recently, after an accidental spill from an offshore rig near St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, it was discovered that passing ships had taken advantage of the pollution to dump oil into the sea.
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IFAW supports call for on-the-spot fines to tackle illegal meat imports

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Wed, 03/23/2005
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Alarmingly, the NAO report reveals a possible link between bushmeat and organised crime. According to Government figures, in 2001 and 2002 bushmeat made up almost 14% of all illegal meat seizures (1), and the NAO report states that bushmeat constitutes around 2% of seizures of all products of animal origin (including fish and milk products).

“The illegal bushmeat trade means high profits and little chance of detection for those involved”, says Jenny Hawley, wildlife trade campaigner for IFAW UK.

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London, United Kingdom
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Rosa Hill (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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The bushmeat trade is pushing great ape species such as gorillas towards extinction.

SANParks accused of trying to force through elephant cull plans

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Tue, 03/15/2005
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“IFAW is very concerned that SANParks appears to be presenting a fait accompli in asking the public to prepare itself for the imminent resumption of an elephant cull,” said Jason Bell, Southern Africa Director of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org).

“In IFAW’s opinion SANParks has had 10 years to come up with an appropriate and scientifically sound management plan for elephants and haven’t done so – now, with their backs against the wall, it seems they are looking for a qui

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Mexican Senate recommends banning importation of seal products

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Tue, 03/22/2005
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“The Mexican senate has demanded the Ministry of the Economy to ban the importation of seal products from Canada. This is an accurate and strategic decision because Mexico is a commercial partner with Canada in the North American Free Trade Agreement,” said Beatriz Bugeda, IFAW’s Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The official criticism by the Mexican Senate now means that legislative bodies from both of Canada’s NAFTA partners, Mexico and the United States, have advanced legislation denouncing Canada’s hunt for baby seals.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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A baby harp seal born on the pristine ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The annual baby seal hunt will begin next week.

IFAW Welcomes Enhanced Protection for Ontario’s Wolves

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Thu, 03/10/2005
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“This decision marks the first crucial first step in ensuring long-term protection for Ontario's threatened wolf population,” said IFAW Canada spokesperson Rob Sinclair.

IFAW also welcomes an extended ban on the use of wire neck snares.  Snares do not kill wolves quickly or painlessly.  Protected species and domestic pets have also fallen victim to them.

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