Volcano eruption in Chile spells danger for animals

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don, 05/15/2008
According to media reports, farmers left behind about 40,000 head of livestock, and officials expressed fear that many of them could die. Local animal welfare groups are greatly concerned for thousands of companion and farm animals that have been left chained or abandoned with no food or water.
 
Nine days after the eruption of the giant volcano, the Chilean government has opened the access to the impacted area and will allow for animal rescues to take place in 30-minute intervals, a protocol aimed to ensure the safety of the rescue groups.
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Animals in Myanmar Need Help

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vri, 05/09/2008
“We are monitoring the situation as best we can but it is critical that IFAW get a team on the ground to assess the affect of the disaster on animals,” said Fred O’Regan, CEO of IFAW. “The sooner the better. When animals with lowered immune systems crowd together on high ground, in wet conditions, outbreaks of endemic diseases such as Foot and Mouth become a grave concern.”
 
IFAW has offered Myanmar veterinarians and resources to help animals affected by the devastation.
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Nearly three tons of ivory torched in Japan

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don, 04/24/2008
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The initial confiscation of the ivory took place in August 2006, and represents the largest ivory seizure ever in Japan. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry indicates that the contraband was destroyed last month.
 
According to Michael Wamithi, Program Director for IFAW’s global elephants campaign, “IFAW is pleased that Japan did the right thing here. Destruction of the ivory is the only way to ensure the ivory will not end up filtered back into the marketplace. However, this is not where Japan’s responsibility ends.
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Senate committee passes legislation that would help protect endangered North atlantic Right Whales

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don, 04/24/2008
Introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), the Ship Strike Reduction Act of 2008 would order the Secretary of Commerce to finalize federal regulations enforcing speed limits on ships, regulations that were first proposed in February 2007 and already delayed for over a year.
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Newborn bear cub killing to be legalized

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don, 03/27/2008
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First, it may seem that the new Rules are meant to protect bear cubs. This is a complete illusion, however.
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Newborn bear cub killing to be legalized

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First, it may seem that the new Rules are meant to protect bear cubs. This is a complete illusion, however.
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Nearly one ton of ivory seized in Guangxi, China, largest ever in region

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din, 03/25/2008
“The pictures indicate that the ivory is most likely from African elephants, as you can see by the shape and the length. Also, the estimated monetary value of the ivory is a clear indication of the lure this trade presents for criminal syndicates globally,” comments Michael Wamithi, the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) global Elephants Program Director.
 
This seizure marks the largest amount of ivory ever confiscated in the Guangxi province of China, neighboring with Vietnam.
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Rhino and elephants returned to wild in India, protected land increased

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The animals, which were hand-raised at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) in Kaziranga National Park, were translocated yesterday, by truck, 450 kilometers to Manas National Park. Manas National Park is a World Heritage site in northeast India which has seen wildlife populations decline dramatically in recent decades. IFAW and WTI have been working together for several years to restore the park’s ecosystem, including increasing the populations of endangered animals.
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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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IFAW's Katie Touhey Receives Red Cross Animal Adult Hero Award

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don, 03/06/2008
Touhey and her team of four full-time staff joined IFAW last summer after working as a separate organization for nearly ten years. The stranding network, which has a dedicated corps of more than 350 local volunteers, responds to approximately 500 reports of stranded marine mammals each year in and around Cape Cod.
 
“We are proud to have Katie leading IFAW’s stranding work,” said A.J. Cady, IFAW’s Director of Animals in Crisis and Distress.
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