The Giant Manta Ray makes the list at the Convention on Migratory Species

vri, 12/02/2011
The Convention on Migratory Species logo

The best outcome for me at this year’s meeting of the Convention for Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), held in Bergen, Norway, was the listing of the giant manta ray into Appendix 1 of the convention.

CMS is an international agreement to protect migrating animals that cross international boundaries. Protected animals are listed on either Appendix 1 or 2 of the convention. The CMS meets only every three years and at the recent meeting it was decided to give the giant manta ray, two raptors and two curlews the highest possible protection--inclusion in Appendix 1.

UPDATED: Illegal tiger bone wine auction in Beijing must be stopped

vri, 12/02/2011
The Chinese auction house Googut website.

UPDATED: 12.5.11

On Saturday, Chinese officials stopped the illegal auction of tiger bone wine. The International Fund for Animal Welfare applauds this decision, read the IFAW press release here.

And an article from a Guardian UK reporter who was at the auction, who quotes Grace, here.

ORIGINAL POST 12.2:11:

China: Illegaler Tigerwein wird öffentlich versteigert

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China: Illegaler Tigerwein wird öffentlich versteigert

Am morgigen Samstag, den 3. Dezember, will das chinesische Auktionshaus Googut hunderte Flaschen Wein aus Tigerknochen versteigern. In China ist der Verkauf von Tigerprodukten illegal.

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Japan journal: Where has all the whale meat gone?

don, 12/01/2011
The tuna auction at the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo.

I recently returned from my first visit to the chaotic and beautiful country of Japan.

Along with Iceland and Norway, Japan is one of the last three countries still killing whales for commercial purposes, albeit under the guise of ‘scientific’ whaling.

Chinese auction flouts tiger trade ban

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A Chinese auction of traditional health tonics scheduled for Saturday, December 3, in a Beijing hotel will feature at least 400 bottles of wine made from tiger bone in blatant disregard of a global trade ban, according to IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare -  www.ifaw.org ).

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Animal Heroes Honoured With International Awards

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Animal Heroes Honoured With International Awards

This week seven International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) Action Awards are being presented to Australians from around the country who have made an outstanding contribution to animal welfare. 

This international accolade recognises the unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for animals in our shared world. The winners were nominated for the awards by their peers, family and friends, for a wide range of work for animals. 

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Did President Obama just authorize the slaughter of horses in the US?

vri, 12/02/2011

I loved and rode horses as child.  Chester, a spirited, chestnut horse, was my friend and partner on the trails surrounding Walden Pond in Massachusetts.  The two of us spent countless days together, enjoying our exercise and our friendship.  Horses in America are companion animals – friends like dogs, cats and other domestic pets.

Floating Classroom: Teachers get in on the act

don, 12/01/2011
Kara training teachers on the Floating Classroom curriculum.

Teachers on the pier with a whale size reel.“I think we will have to take one this down to the pier!”, shouted the teacher from Grand Fond Primary school.

In her hands was one end of string, the end of 80 feet of string to be exact, and she was uncoiling it as her partner, another teacher participating in the Floating Classroom teacher training, held the other end. 

Pulled from Thai flood-waters, Pigtail and puppies are safe and dry

woe, 11/30/2011
Thai flood survivor, "Pigtail"

International Fund for Animal Welfare veterinarian Kati Loeffler reports from flood-stricken Bangkok after her visit to IFAW-supported Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand (WFFT) and other groups caring for thousands of dogs in need.

IFAW provides operational support to the personnel of Congolese national park Odzala-Kokoua in their fight against poaching

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IFAW provides operational support to the personnel of Congolese national park Od

The Odzala-Kokoua National Park in north-eastern Congo recently received nearly €100,000 (US$ 140,000) of equipment from IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) to support rangers in their mission to protect local wildlife.

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