New Hope for Animals in US Disasters

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vri, 09/18/2009
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“In the wake of disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, we are thrilled to partner with IFAW and the ASPCA to provide this service should another natural disaster strike areas of Louisiana and other nearby states,” said Dr. Renée Poirrier, Director of the Louisiana State Animal Response Team. “We look forward to serving our fourlegged friends and their families with this response unit should an emergency situation arise.”

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Alibaba, world’s largest B2B site, bans sale of ivory, sea turtle and shark fin

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The milestone decision was made following a year long collaboration between IFAW and Alibaba’s partner site, Taobao.com to raise awareness about the unsustainable and cruel trade of wildlife on the Internet.  IFAW encourages netizens to report online wildlife crime activities and helps portal sites filter out advertisements of wildlife products. To date, 333 wildlife product advertisements and 5 traders registered from Cameron, USA, and Canada have been removed from the Alibaba site.  

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Tiger released to the wild in Russia’s Far East

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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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Endangered Species Listing Sought for Arctic Reindeer

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din, 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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China dog cull looms, owners urged to kill pets

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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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Wildlife Groups Seek Halt to Polar Bear Trade

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maa, 08/31/2009
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Polar bears in the wild live entirely within five countries: Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Russian Federation, and the United States. There are presently between 20,000 and 25,000 polar bears and the number is decreasing.

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IFAW rushes animal rescue teams to Taiwan following Typhoon Morakot

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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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First Seal Pups of the Season are Rescued in Scotland

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The first pup was found on a busy beach near a caravan park in the Dornoch Firth. A marine mammal medic from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR – www.bdmlr.org.uk ) responded to a call from the coastguard and went out to check on her and he was soon joined by an SSPCA officer. After sending images by mobile phone to the seal hospital to assess her condition it was agreed that she should be brought in.

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Mission accomplished - 83 elephants safely rescued

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maa, 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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Iceland Whalers Kill Two Endangered Fin Whales

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vri, 06/19/2009
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IFAW opposes whaling because it is unacceptably cruel – there is no humane way to kill a whale and research has shown that whales shot with explosive harpoons can take more than half an hour to die.

Opinion polling and independent economic research in Iceland has revealed little or no appetite for whale meat, while responsible whale watching, by contrast, is financially lucrative and one of Iceland’s biggest tourist draws.

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