Going once, going twice: Remnants of 10,000+ elephants may be on the auction block

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maa, 06/09/2008
Significant amounts of ivory in these stocks up for export from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, has been collected through culling, which is defined as killing as a means to address population control, and also natural deaths.
 
Newly released document submissions to next month’s 57th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC) reveal that the Secretariat has given its endorsement of the sales as well as its support of China being accepted as an importer for these stocks.
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Five orphaned bears get a new life in Russia; satellite tracking will monitor survival

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don, 04/10/2008
The satellite technology transmits regular signals from the bear’s collar allowing researchers to follow them remotely and download information about their movements and whereabouts via internet updates three times a week. The collar is programmed to record information about the animal’s location every 90 minutes and to automatically drop-off after a period of 18 months.
 
“The bears are in good condition after their hibernation in their self-made wintering den. They are being released in spring now when they have access to good forage in the wild.
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"Humane" claims by Canadian delegation in Europe refuted by new video evidence from seal hunt

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vri, 04/04/2008
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Unacceptable cruelty, including the hooking and hoisting of a live seal into a boat has been documented at the hunt this week, at the very same time Canadian officials overseas are heralding this year to be the most humane seal hunt ever.
 
“The cruelty we witnessed earlier this week should not be tolerated anywhere in the world,” said Sheryl Fink, IFAW senior researcher and veteran seal hunt observer.
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IFAW documents hunting activity on opening day of Canada's commercial seal hunt - new bleeding requirement ignored

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vri, 03/28/2008
The team observed and documented sealers on the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence hunting with hakapiks on the opening day of the hunt.
 
“We witnessed today a classic example of the cruelty associated with this hunt. We filmed as a sealer struck a seal with a hakapik before it slipped into the water. The sealer tried to pull the seal out by the hind flippers but it slipped underwater anyway,” said Cheryl Jacobson, hunt observer with IFAW.
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IFAW documents hunting activity on opening day of Canada's commercial seal hunt – new bleeding requirement ignored

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vri, 03/28/2008
The team observed and documented sealers on the ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence hunting with hakapiks on the opening day of the hunt.
 
“We witnessed today a classic example of the cruelty associated with this hunt. We filmed as a sealer struck a seal with a hakapik before it slipped into the water. The sealer tried to pull the seal out by the hind flippers but it slipped underwater anyway,” said Cheryl Jacobson, hunt observer with IFAW.
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Canada's 2008 commercial seal hunt starts today - 275,000 harp seal pups are targeted for slaughter

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vri, 03/28/2008
Canada’s commercial seal hunt is the largest hunt for marine mammals in the world. Hunters are allowed to kill pups as soon as they begin to molt their white coats, which occurs when the animals are about two weeks old.
 
“In spite of the fact that the DFO has refused to issue observation permits for the opening day of the annual slaughter, I have no doubt that the world will be watching closely.” said Sheryl Fink, senior researcher and veteran seal hunt observer with IFAW.
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International Fund for Animal Welfare Launches IFAW Island in Second Life

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don, 03/27/2008
Coinciding with the island’s launch, IFAW will hold a live concert on Thursday March 27th at 1:00 PM SLT featuring two popular Second Life bands: AngeyLaura Houston aka Laura Angey and the UKD Project from Italy.  The concert will take place in IFAW Island’s African Savannah space.
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Canadian government calls for the killing of 275,000 harp seal pups despite dwindling markets and international outcry

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maa, 03/10/2008
“The blatant disregard for precautionary management principles demonstrates to the world that the Canadian government does not value science or conservation,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW.
 
Experts with IFAW maintain that the government’s unwillingness to seriously reduce the TAC is not only irresponsible, but downright reckless given the recent history of unsustainable catches, poor ice conditions and increased pup mortality. “Just last year, hundreds of thousands of newborn pups in the southern Gulf of St.
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South Africa slams the door on elephant tourism - NGOs rejoice

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maa, 02/25/2008
“This is great news and a brave step by Government in upholding its mandate as custodian and caretaker of our wildlife.
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IFAW and Atlantic Offshore Lobsterman’s Association to Host Whale Friendlier Lobster Gear Summit

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don, 01/03/2008
“Saving the right whale requires collaboration and shared commitment.  Nearly ¾ of endangered right whales have scars from entanglement in fishing gear; it remains one of the biggest threats to the survival of the species.” Said Patrick Ramage, IFAW’s  Global Whale Program  Manager .
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