Extraordinary victory for harp seals: Russia moves towards banning the whitecoat hunt

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“We are very pleased that the Russian government is taking steps towards ending the whitecoat hunt,” remarked Masha Vorontsova, Director of IFAW Russia. “We acknowledge this step as an important achievement for animal welfare; however the government must do more -- we look forward to the full closure of the harp seal hunt in Russia.”
 
Russian opposition to the whitecoat harp seal hunt has grown considerably in the last year.
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London's wildlife crime unit saved from the axe

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In March the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they were intending to cut core funding for two of the four posts within the wildlife crime unit due to police budget constraints.
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African nations join forces to form anti-ivory trade coalition

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don, 02/07/2008
Delegates gathered in the West African country of Mali’s capital for a two-day meeting to discuss how they will pave the way forward for elephants following decisions at the 14th Conference of the Parties of CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) to allow huge ivory stock sales, which will take place before commencement of a nine-year trade suspension. There is a great concern by range states that huge tons of ivory being released into the markets will only stimulate demand and prompt poachers to kill more elephants.
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African Nations sign Bamako Declaration to Save remaining Elephants

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The African elephant range states included Mali, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.
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Train hits elephant herd, Three killed

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The badly mutilated body of the female elephant was found at the site along with an aborted male foetus, suggesting that she was the first to be hit while leading the herd.
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Conservation on the Agenda, as 17 African Nations meet to talk Elephants

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The delegates are from Mali, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.
 
“IFAW is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow conservationists from Africa and Asia”, remarked Kevin Shields, Wildlife and Habitat Programme Director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org). IFAW will be facilitating the meeting along with the hosts, the Mali and Kenya Governments.
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IFAW Applauds Sonar Injunction Against US Navy

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The decision, issued by Judge Elizabeth Laporte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, orders all parties to negotiate the specific terms of the injunction, which will offer some relief to marine mammals from potentially lethal underwater sound blasts by prohibiting LFA sonar use in areas of the ocean identified as critical marine mammal habitat.
 
“This is a lifeline for whales and all marine mammals” said IFAW Washington, D.C., Office Director Jeffrey Flocken.
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New Poll Shows an Overwhelming Majority of Chinese Public Supports Ban on Tiger Trade

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The face-to-face survey of 1,880 people in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Harbin, Kunming and Shanghai was conducted by Horizon Key, one of China’s pre-eminent public polling companies.  Respondents, who statistically represent the entire adult populations of these cities, were asked questions about their use of tiger products, their preferences for products from wild versus farmed tigers and their attitudes toward conservation of wild tigers and China’s 1993 tiger-trade ban.
 
Ninety three percent of the respondents support China’s tiger
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China increases enforcement of illegal trade of wildlife on the Internet

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But the fundamental challenges of combating this illegal trade, including the lack of a legal framework governing Internet trade, the anonymous nature of the Internet and the exponential explosion of Internet usage, remain.
 
“Illegal wildlife trade on the Internet is a global problem,” sais Dr. Meng Xianlin, Director of the China CITES Management Authority, who hailed the IFAW report for providing data invaluable to law enforcement.
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Diverse Stakeholders Come Together to Address Northern Right Whale Regulations

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Held at the Hyatt Regency Boston, the daylong symposium was deemed a success by participants and organizers, as well as an important move in ensuring a less hazardous marine environment for the endangered north Atlantic right whale.
 
“Saving the right whale requires collaboration and shared commitment,” said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale Program Manager.
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