Rare clouded leopards released back to the wild for first time in India

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din, 05/04/2010

The radio-collars will help rehabilitators track the movement of the cubs as they become completely independent of human care and begin exploring on their own. 

An extremely shy, nocturnal, and tree-dwelling species found in India’s northeast region, the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is in peril today with only about 10,000 remaining in the wild. The clouded leopard is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and is classified ‘vulnerable’ in IUCN Red List of threatened species.

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Plan to overturn whaling ban unveiled

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The proposal, if adopted, would overturn the 1986 ban on commercial whaling by authorizing whaling by Norway, Iceland, and Japan. It would also legalize Japan’s whaling in an internationally recognized whale sanctuary around Antarctica, grant new rights to Japan, Iceland, and Norway to kill whales for commercial purposes, and ignore established IWC scientific procedures for estimating sustainable whaling limits.

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CITES conservation crisis

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don, 03/25/2010

“Short -term profits rather than long-term conservation has once again been the theme of this meeting,” said Azzedine Downes, Head of IFAW’s CITES delegation.

“The biggest losers at this meeting include polar bears, bluefin tuna and all the sharks – with Parties refusing to acknowledge the science showing drastic declines in populations.  Urgent action to curb and control international trade is desperately needed for these species, yet CITES Parties collectively turned their backs.

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Hammerheads miss out at CITES

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din, 03/23/2010

“The rejection of this proposal does not make any sense at all,” said Dr Ralf Sonntag, IFAW marine biologist and Germany Director.

“Some populations of the scalloped hammerhead shark have declined by 80 to 90 per cent and yet Parties have not seen fit to uplist the species to Appendix II – this decision may lead to the disappearance of this charismatic species.”

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Victory for elephants with rejection of Zambian proposal at CITES

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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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Sharks sold out at CITES

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din, 03/23/2010

“CITES Parties voted by the slimmest of margins to protect porbeagle sharks, but rejected all other shark proposals at this meeting,” said Dr Ralf Sonntag, Director IFAW Germany. “An Appendix II listing would have given sharks a fighting chance against the devastation that shark finning is causing around the world.”

“Sharks have been sold out today. Short-term profits have won again at CITES.”

With more than 100 million sharks caught each year, some species are estimated to have declined by as much as 80 per cent in the past decade.

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Elephant experts urge CITES to protect elephants

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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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“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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Tigers hang onto protection by their claws

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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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No trade for Tanzanian elephants

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“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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