Wildlife Groups ask Countries to Propose Halt to Polar Bear Trade

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Mon, 09/07/2009
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In 2008, the United States listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. This ended the importation to the United States of trophies of polar bears killed by American sport hunters. Although hunters from other countries can still import trophies, the United States was by far the largest importer and American trophy hunters had driven this large-scale commercial killing. Most polar bear trophies imported to the U.S. were from Canada.

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IFAW deploys animal rescue team to the Philippines

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Wed, 09/30/2009

IFAW received a request for assistance this morning from the Philippines-based Animal Welfare Coalition which is working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture. The rescue team is out the door and will be arriving in the city within the next 24 hours.

“We need to move quickly,” said IFAW’s Disaster Relief Manager, Dick Green. “IFAW’s priority is to help mitigate the magnitude of the disaster for the affected people of Manila by giving attention to their animals which, in many cases, are all these people have left.”

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IFAW granted full consultative status with IMO.

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Fri, 07/03/2009
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Following the recommendation of a working group formed of representatives from Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Ghana, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and United States, the Council agreed to convert the consultative status granted to IFAW on a provisional basis to full consultative status. The Group expressed the view that “IFAW’s participation in the work of the IMO has been active and IFAW would, in all likehood, make further contributions, in view of the work programme of the MEPC [Marine Environmental Protection Committee], in particular.

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Whaling Commission Countries Face Critical Choice:

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Mon, 06/22/2009
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Our planet’s great whales face more threats today than at any time in history,” said Patrick Ramage, whale program director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org).

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New Report Documents Massive Growth in Whale Watching

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Tue, 06/23/2009
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The new, country-by-country economic analysis shows more than 13 million people took whale watching tours last year in 119 countries worldwide, generating ticket fees and tourism expenditures of more than US$2.1 billion during 2008.   The report also shows dramatic growth of the whale watching industry in Asia, the Pacific, South America, the Caribbean and Europe significantly outpacing global tourism growth rates over the past decade.  More than 3,000 whale watching operations around the world now employ an estimated 13,200 people.  Internation

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IWC Meeting Closes, Course Set for Whale Conservation

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Fri, 06/26/2009
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“We are encouraged that the IWC avoided bad compromises and by the attention governments devoted to discussions of whale watching and new whale research and conservation initiatives,” Ramage said. “The IWC Conservation Committee received unprecedented numbers of reports from member countries in Madeira and a new Commission resolution on climate change sponsored by the US and Norway received consensus support.”

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European Union bans the sale of seal products

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Tue, 05/05/2009
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“The Parliament has hammered the final nail in the coffin of the sealing industry’s market in the EU,” said Lesley O’Donnell, Director of IFAW EU. “MEPs clearly heeded the tens of thousands of emails, postcards and messages sent by IFAW supporters from across Europe.”

It is a testament to the strong political will and determination of the three European political institutions that they were able to come to a first agreement reading.

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Canada’s 2009 commercial seal hunt crawls to a halt – more than 200,000 seal pups spared

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Mon, 06/15/2009
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The decrease in the number of seals killed coincides with remarkably low prices offered for seal pelts this year and the announcement of a European Union-wide ban on the importation and marketing of seal products.  

“The lack of demand for seal products this year means that over 200,000 baby seal pups have been spared a cruel and unnecessary death" said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW.

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China animal welfare law under review while 36,000 dogs culled

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Tue, 06/16/2009
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According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) Asia Regional Director, Grace Ge Gabriel, “Mass killing of dogs is ineffective in controlling rabies in the long-term. By choosing not to implement a sensible rabies vaccination program, Hanzhong government has failed to protect the health of its citizens.
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First section of Canada’s commercial seal hunt closes – over 17,200 seals killed in just over two days

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Wed, 03/25/2009
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Observers with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) have just returned after witnessing the slaughter of harp seal pups during this year’s commercial seal hunt.

“We witnessed today a classic example of the cruelty associated with this hunt. An injured, bleeding seal escaped into the water before a sealer could get to it. The sealer tried to pull the seal out by the hind flippers but it slipped underwater anyway,” said Cheryl Jacobson, hunt observer with IFAW.

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