IFAW condemns Canadian challenge to EU seal trade ban

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november 4, 2009

The EU ban was voted through earlier this year after a long-running campaign by IFAW and other animal welfare groups calling for an end to the cruelty of Canada’s commercial seal hunt. The largest marine mammal hunt in the world, the hunt has traditionally seen up to a third of a million seals a year clubbed or shot, primarily to provide luxury fur items for the fashion industry.

IFAW believes the EU ban will close a vital market for the hunt, and is now urging the Canadian government to end the hunt once and for all.

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Battered and bruised - abused elephants to be rescued in Zimbabwe

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oktober 30, 2009

The elephants were confiscated in April this year after an inspection by the Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to 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 them and releasing them back into the wild.

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Animal heroes from around UK receive prestigious awards

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oktober 21, 2009

IFAW’s annual Animal Action Awards ceremony will be hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Gale with trophies presented by fashion designer to the stars Elizabeth Emanuel. This year’s winners include former marine Pen Farthing who rescues street dogs from war zones in Afghanistan, equine dentist Andre Majerski who gives up his holidays to treat neglected horses and donkeys in Greece and Jamie and Heather Dyer who rehabilitate orphaned and injured seals in the north of Scotland.

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More than 100 elephants a day still slaughtered by poachers 20 years after ivory ban

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oktober 20, 2009

This alarming level of illegal hunting could drive the African elephant to extinction across much of Africa in just 15 years.

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Cross-party support for fox hunting ban

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oktober 5, 2009

The poll, by Ipsos MORI, shows that nearly twice as many Tory supporters favour the ban as want it repealed. More than six out of 10 (62%) say that fox hunting should NOT be made legal again, with just one in three (33%) saying it should be (five per cent say they do not know).  

Over eight in 10 (83%) of Labour supporters are against fox hunting being legalised, compared to 13% in favour. Just three per cent say they do not know.

Three quarters (77%) of Liberal Democrat voters are against repeal, against 19% in favour – with the undecideds at five per cent.

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Leonardo DiCaprio kicks off IFAW’s Animal Action Week

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oktober 5, 2009

This year’s Animal Action theme, ‘Under One Sky’, highlights the importance of protecting biodiversity, habitat and ecosystems, as well as the bonds between animals and people.  

IFAW encourages teachers and children across the globe to engage with nature during Animal Action Week, which takes place annually during early October. The week (Oct 4-10) marks the launch of an international educational programme with a different animal welfare and conservation theme each year.

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Giant finger of blame points at Iceland to condemn whaling

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oktober 2, 2009

Representatives from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Campaign Whale, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) are staging the protest to highlight Iceland’s unnecessary killing of more than 200 endangered fin whales and minke whales so far this season.

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TV chef and well-known racing trainer convicted on hare coursing charges

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september 1, 2009

They were charged, under Section 5 of the Hunting Act 2004, with attending hare coursing events on March 2 and 3, 2007.

Both pleaded guilty to attending hare coursing events on both dates and received absolute discharges at Scarborough Magistrates Court. The first hare coursing event took place near Nunnington with the second event the following day being held near Amotherby, both in North Yorkshire.

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Seal product ban finalised today by European Union – markets in Europe to officially close in 2010

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juli 27, 2009

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), welcomed the move as the last step of approval before the implementation of this momentous legislation. The ban is a significant victory in IFAW’s 40-year campaign to end Canada’s cruel commercial seal hunt.

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment today after years of hard work. Already this year we’ve seen how the prospect of the ban affected the seal hunt and saved the lives of thousands of seals.

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IFAW awarded full consultative status with the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

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juli 6, 2009

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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