No trade for Tanzanian elephants

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maa, 03/22/2010

“Fighting to save these elephants paid off today with Parties taking note of the science demonstrating that Tanzanian elephants are still in peril,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa.

“Poaching of elephants and ivory seizures are escalating not decreasing – this decision is a victory for common sense.”

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Victory for elephants with rejection of Zambian proposal at CITES

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maa, 03/22/2010

Zambia amended its proposal to remove the request for a one-off sale of ivory, seeking only the downlisting of elephants from Appendix I to Appendix II.

“This is a real victory for elephants,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa. “CITES Parties voted in favour of conservation, following the same logic applied to the Tanzanian proposal for a one-off sale and downlisting which was rejected earlier today.”

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Tigers hang onto protection by their claws

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zon, 03/21/2010

Conservationists however, breathed a sigh of relief that Parties reaffirmed a decision from the previous CITES meeting that countries should not breed tigers for the trade of their parts and derivatives.

“We narrowly avoided making the Year of the Tiger into the Year of the dead tiger,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. “Illegal trade of tiger parts and products from farming operations are already stimulating demand for dead tigers which fuels poaching of wild tigers.”

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Elephant experts urge CITES to protect elephants

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zon, 03/21/2010

Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants, Conservation biologist, Dr Sam Wasser and elephant research specialist Dr Joyce Poole of ElephantVoices and the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, presented data on the precarious state of elephant populations in Zambia and Tanzania and the urgent need for ongoing protection of elephants.

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CITES toughens up on illegal wildlife trade online

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zon, 03/21/2010

“Trade over the Internet poses one of the greatest threats to wildlife and undermines the CITES treaty itself,” said IFAW’s Paul Todd. “It is a vast global network that provides the cover of relative anonymity for wildlife traffickers, making it a huge enforcement challenge for Parties.”

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Dolphins rescued by IFAW sighted at sea

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vri, 03/19/2010

The dolphins were sighted and photographed yesterday during a joint survey between IFAW and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. The tagged dolphins, located using satellite and VHF telemetry, were found in a group of approximately 200 Atlantic white-sided dolphins on the southern edge of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.  

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IWC Meeting Closes, Course Set for Whale Conservation

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vri, 06/26/2009
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“We are encouraged that the IWC avoided bad compromises and by the attention governments devoted to discussions of whale watching and new whale research and conservation initiatives,” Ramage said. “The IWC Conservation Committee received unprecedented numbers of reports from member countries in Madeira and a new Commission resolution on climate change sponsored by the US and Norway received consensus support.”

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European Union finalizes seal product ban – European markets to officially close in 2010

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maa, 07/27/2009

“There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment today after years of hard work,” said Lesley O’Donnell, Director of IFAW EU. “Already this year we’ve seen how the prospect of the ban dampened the seal hunt and saved the lives of thousands of seals. Over the coming year we will closely monitor the implementation process until the ban comes into enforcement which should be during the summer of 2010. We expect the commercial seal hunt to continue its inevitable decline over the coming years until it is wiped out once and for all.”

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Whaling Commission Countries Face Critical Choice:

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maa, 06/22/2009

Our planet’s great whales face more threats today than at any time in history,” said Patrick Ramage, whale program director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org).

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New Report Documents Massive Growth in Whale Watching

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din, 06/23/2009

The new, country-by-country economic analysis shows more than 13 million people took whale watching tours last year in 119 countries worldwide, generating ticket fees and tourism expenditures of more than US$2.1 billion during 2008.&nbsp;&nbsp; The report also shows dramatic growth of the whale watching industry in Asia, the Pacific, South America, the Caribbean and Europe significantly outpacing global tourism growth rates over the past decade.&nbsp; More than 3,000 whale watching operations around the world now employ an estimated 13,200 people.&nbsp; Internation

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