“Africa’s Elephants Must be Saved, Stop Ivory Trade Talks,” Say Wildlife Conservation Symposium Delegates

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Elephant populations in West and Central Africa are some of the continent’s most vulnerable and most depleted. Only about three percent of Africa’s elephants can be found in the region, less than 20,000 individuals – where once hundreds of thousands of elephants roamed. These individuals are now pocketed into small, fragmented groups and are highly threatened by loss of habitat due to unplanned expansion of human settlements leading to rife human-elephant conflicts, and poaching for the bushmeat and ivory trades.
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New IFAW Report Uncovers Public Safety Dangers

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    More than 5,000 big cats are kept in facilities licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and it is estimated that thousands more are kept as pets.
     
    “We’ve seen too many tragedies that could have been prevented,” said Gregory Wetstone, IFAW’s U.S. director. “Against a background of dozens of dangerous big cat incidents, the new report demonstrates that the current USDA license system does not guarantee public safety or humane conditions.

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    IFAW Launches Web’s First Animal Rescue Blog

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    The Animal Rescue Blog (www.animalrescueblog.org) will bring readers into the trenches of on- the-ground animal rescue efforts in disaster affected areas such as Lebanon and Israel, Indonesia and India.
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    Five Leading Animal Welfare Organizations Give $3.2 Million Boost to Spay/Neuter Efforts in Gulf Coast Communities

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    din, 07/11/2006
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      The Big Fix Rig is part of a $3.2 million effort funded by the ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, PetSmart Charities, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and United Animal Nations to increase the number of affordable and accessible spay/neuter programs in the hurricane-affected areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. Local organizations Spay/Louisiana, Mississippi Spay Neuter (SPAN) and Humane Society of South Mississippi are coordinating the initiatives with the help of other local animal agencies throughout the region.

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      Penguins released back to wild after oil spill in Argentina

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      maa, 07/31/2006
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      In early May, several hundred oiled Magellanic penguins began washing ashore in the Cabo Virgenes Nature Reserve in Argentina, about 1,700 miles (2,750 kilometers) southwest of Buenos Aires near the southernmost tip of Patagonia. A team from IFAW worked closely with Consejo Agrario Provincial de Santa Cruz to take in and clean 224 of the oiled penguins. Due to very cold weather and low water temperatures, the birds had difficulty regaining their natural waterproofing.
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      Ryun bill would protect public from big cat attacks

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      IFAW helps dogs after volcano forces evacuation of Indonesian villages

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      Mt. Merapi, a 2,965-meter-high volcano, has threatened eruption since May 13 and has spewed sulfur and heat clouds into the sky. On June 16, a 700-degree Celsius heat cloud struck nearby villages and spread ash across areas of Yogyakarta and Central Java – forcing scores of people to evacuate their homes. Mt. Merapi last erupted in 1994 killing at least 66 people. An eruption in 1930 killed 1,370 people.
       
      The threatening volcano has forced nearby residents into refugee camps.
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      $10,000 reward offered after hundreds of baby terns wash up dead

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      The team discovered 300-500 baby terns, some only a day old, dead in the surf and littered across the beach. More than a dozen live baby terns were found and rushed to intensive care at IBRRC’s center in San Pedro. Fish & Wildlife and the Coast Guard also responded and are trying to determine if the baby birds were forced off a barge, located in the Los Angeles Harbor.
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      President Bush and Japan Prime Minister Koizumi greeted by Elvis singing “Don’t be cruel – stop whaling”

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      The song “Don’t Be Cruel” has been rewritten with the lyrics:

      Don’t Be Cruel – to Whales
       
      You know I won’t be found,
      Swimming in the deep blue sea,
      The Japanese are coming ‘round,
      They’re going to harpoon me.
      Don't be cruel to a whale that's true.

      Baby, it makes me sad
      My blubber’s not so tasty
      Why treat whales so bad?
      To risk extinction is crazy
      Don't be cruel…
      To a whale that's true.

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      Massive ivory seizure signals rebound of illegal trade

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      The ivory was found in two shipments traveling from Tanzania in East Africa to Manila, Philippines and included 350 African elephant tusks – representing at least 175 dead elephants. Officials believe this could be the largest illegal ivory seizure made in Taiwan province of China since 2000 when 332 tusks were discovered.
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