29 Elephant Tusks Seized in Northern Kenya

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The operation, which involved Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers, Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust (NWCT) scouts, and the local administration, began with the arrest of two Kenyan Somali poachers and one from the local community. An estimated eight other poachers escaped.  

“Some of the tusks appear to have been sawed off from the elephants,” said Titus Letaapo of NWCT.

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Whaling Commission harpoons science in favour of political compromise

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For several years, the 84-nation intergovernmental Commission has elaborated a detailed scientific procedure (Revised Management Procedure) to ensure all catch limits for any future commercial whaling would be within sustainable limits calculated using tested scientific procedures. 

After an intersessional meeting in Rome, the IWC agreed to shortcut the scientific process and authorise a Small Working Group of member countries to continue developing a package deal of proposals for a resumption of commercial whaling, relying instead on ad-hoc catch limits set for

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Small victory for seals: Russia moves towards banning baby seal hunt

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The announcement of this new accord between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MPR) and the State Fisheries Committee came just one day after Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin said “[this] is such a bloody hunt, and it is clear that it should have been banned a long time ago.”

This news was cautiously applauded by IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare), which has been campaigning to put an end to the Russian seal hunt since 1995.

“The agreement to ban the killing of all baby seals less than one year of age is an importan

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Wildlife Fire Survivors not Forgotten

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The number of animals being brought in for treatment has risen dramatically over the past few days as survivors emerge from the fire zones in search of food and water.  Many have terrible burns, dehydration and wounds from fleeing the fires.  Search and rescue operations are also being conducted as previously unsafe areas are being opened up.   With so many animals being brought in for treatment the team has converted an old footy shed into an intensive care unit.

“Many local residents are bringing animals to us for treatment; ther

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Scientists Make Urgent Plea to Save Critically Endangered Western Gray Whales

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The warning was issued in a report by the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP), a scientific expert committee convened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to study the impacts of oil and gas projects on the whales.[1] Remaining Western Gray Whales, numbering only around 130, feed in the summer almost exclusively adjacent to new oil and gas projects offshore northeast Sakhalin Island.

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Poachers kill five elephants in Kenya’s most critical elephant habitat

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Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers arrested two suspected poachers and one middleman from their hideout in the park, and recovered two AK-47 rifles and 38 rounds of ammunition. The middleman had already sold off the tusks to other dealers in the illegal ivory trade network.

“Since the one-off ivory sales from southern Africa countries late last year, we have noted an unprecedented rise of elephant poaching incidents in Tsavo,” says Jonathan Kirui, Tsavo Assistant Director.

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IFAW responds to Fiji floods

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“The floods have been an overwhelming disaster for the people of Fiji.
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Newspaper Reveals Secret U.S. Plan to Expand Whaling

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“Apparently, the last lousy idea of the Bush Administration was to legitimize commercial whaling in the 21st century.  It's unbelievable, and fundamentally un-American. We should be encouraging Japan, Iceland and Norway to end whaling, not cooking up deals to help it continue,” said Patrick Ramage, Global Whale Program Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW --www.ifaw.org)  

Longtime Bush Administration appointee Dr. William Hogarth currently serves as U.S.

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IFAW helps Australia’s wildfire animal victims

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The team, led by IFAW Emergency Responder, Tania Duratovic, arrived on the scene yesterday and has hit the ground running by helping local wildlife carers with search and rescue operations, providing treatment, food and vet supplies. 

Working alongside local group Help for Wildlife, the IFAW team has already treated a variety of animals ranging from horses, dogs and goats to koalas, wallabies, a lyrebird and even a dingo.

“Thousands of wild and domestic animals have been killed or injured by the fires and heat.

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Rescue the Remedy for Orphaned African Penguin Chicks

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Yesterday, in a mercy mission to Dyer Island, officials rescued an initial 35 chicks and more will likely be collected from the island in the coming days.

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