Battered and Bruised – Abused Elephants

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Fri, 10/30/2009
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The elephants were confiscated in April 2009 after an inspection by the Zimbabwe National Society for the Protection of Cruelty against Animals (ZNSPCA) found cruel and torturous methods were being used to “tame and train” them for the elephant back safari industry – a popular tourist activity in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in southern Africa.

The ZNSPCA requested IFAW to step in and assist in translocating the elephants to a safe haven with a view to rehabilitating the elephants and releasing them back into the wild.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Wildlife Groups Commend the United States for Seeking to Halt Polar Bear Trade

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Fri, 10/16/2009

“On May 8, 2009, Sec. Salazar said that he and President Obama were fully committed to protecting polar bears, and that we must do everything we can to eliminate all threats to the species,” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW Washington, D.C. Office Director. “With this laudable action, they are making good on that commitment. By uplisting the species at the next CITES conference, the U.S. will help prevent the deaths of hundreds of polar bears killed needlessly for the commercial market.”

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WASHINGTON
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Iceland urged to abandon slaughter as 26 countries condemn its whaling

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Fri, 10/02/2009
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), called on the Icelandic government to heed the international criticism and support responsible whale watching as a humane and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling.

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London
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Sigursteinn Masson
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Tiger released to the wild in Russia’s Far East

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Wed, 09/16/2009
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The orphan tiger was found last March when it wandered into the village of Avangard desperately looking for food. It was captured without resistance by the tiger protection specialists from Inspection Tiger. The cub was given little chance of surviving on its own. At eight months, the small and weak cub weighed only 37 lbs (17kg).

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Moscow, Russia
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Michael Booth
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Endangered Species Listing Sought for Arctic Reindeer

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Tue, 09/15/2009

Caribou have been a part of the Arctic and Inuit culture for generations. Currently, the habitat of Peary and Dolphin-Union caribou is threatened by rapid climate change and increased frequency of severe weather patterns which prevent them from foraging for food.  The overall number of Peary caribou has declined by 84%, from almost 50,000 in the 1960s to less than 7,800 at the turn of the 21st century.

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WASHINGTON D.C
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China dog cull looms, owners urged to kill pets

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Wed, 09/09/2009
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Residents with dogs over one foot in height or with those which are considered to be “dangerous breeds” are being asked to kill their own dogs by September 10th. If these animals are not killed, police will then form dog-beating squads, combing the district and killing all such dogs. Owners will then be fined for the killing.

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Mission accomplished - 83 elephants safely rescued

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Mon, 07/06/2009
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The elephants were moved by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) to save them from persecution by local villagers trying to protect their crops and livelihoods from the animals.

"This is a victory for both elephants and people - they have been engaged in a battle that has seen elephants cruelly wounded and killed, and many local people killed as well," said Jason Bell-Leask, Director Southern Africa for IFAW.

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<p>A 12 month old calf waits next to its mother who lies asleep after being tranquillized for translocation. The calf was then tranquillized and transported with its mother.</p>

European Union finalizes seal product ban &#8211; European markets to close in 2010

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Mon, 07/27/2009
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“There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment today after years of hard work,” said Lesley O’Donnell, Director of IFAW EU. “Already this year we’ve seen how the prospect of the ban has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of seals. We will be closely monitoring the implementation process until the ban comes into effect, which should be during the summer of 2010. We expect commercial sealing to continue its inevitable decline until it is wiped out once and for all.”

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Guelph, Ontario
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Sheryl Fink (IFAW &#8211; Canada)
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IFAW rushes animal rescue teams to Taiwan following Typhoon Morakot

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Mon, 08/17/2009
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IFAW is responding to a cry for help by local groups currently working to save animals affected by the storm. Reports indicate that at least 10 animal shelters were damaged, leaving more than 1,000 dogs trapped by floods and more than 100 dogs drowned or missing.

“We need to move quickly,” said IFAW’s Dick Green, “Our fear is that more dogs will die if the shelters do not quickly receive relief supplies and help rebuild the shelters.”

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Yarmouth Port, Mass.
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Epic Elephant Rescue Begins in Malawi

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Sun, 06/07/2009
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“A group of nine elephants, including three young calves, have been successfully darted and tranquilised and are en route from Phirilongwe, just south of Lake Malawi to Majete Wildlife Reserve,” Jason Bell-Leask, IFAW Director Southern Africa said.

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