SEA ACT of 2017 – Good for oil and gas companies, bad for marine mammals!

Oct 31 2017
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Well, Congress is back at it again with another attempt to put industry demands ahead of protecting wildlife. Unfortunately, this seems to be the prevailing theme these days with Congress, so at least they’re consistent… 

Icelandic support for whaling on the decline, polling reveals

Publication Date: 
Oct 25 2017
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Icelandic support for minke whaling has dropped by 5% in just one year, according to polling results released today (Wednesday).

Gallup polling commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) reveals that 45.8% of Icelanders now claim to support minke whaling, compared to 50.8% last year. This is also the first time that such polling has found Icelandic support for whaling to have been less than 50%.

Press Location: 
London
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Press Contact: 
Clare Sterling
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+44 (0)7917 507717
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IFAW Disaster Response team deploys to Dominica to help island ravaged by Hurricane Maria

Publication Date: 
Oct 20 2017
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The island nation of Dominica suffered terribly after hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean last month. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is sending food, supplies, and an expert team of disaster responders to help the community, their animals, and wildlife. 

Press Location: 
Washington D.C.
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Press Contact: 
Kerry Branon
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+1-508-744-2068
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Global commitment secured to safeguard African wildlife at UN conference

Publication Date: 
Oct 26 2017
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Global commitment secured to safeguard African wildlife at UN conference

IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) welcomed the commitment by world governments to increase protection for some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife: lions, leopards, chimpanzees and giraffes at the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS),

 

However, this added protection, only came about after a historical first at CMS, when governments had to vote on species proposals, after failing to reach consensus.

 

Press Location: 
Manila, Philippines
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Rebekka Thompson-Jones, Oceania Office
Annelyn Close, IFAW EU
Contact phone: 
+61 2 9288 4973
+32 2 282 06 93
Contact mobile: 
+61 401 090 034
+32 472 01 02 61

Public urged to show support for UK ivory ban to protect elephants as Government launches consultation

Publication Date: 
Oct 6 2017
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Public urged to show support for UK ivory ban to protect elephants as Government

As the Government launches a public consultation on a UK ivory trade ban, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) welcomes the move and calls on the UK public, as well as politicians, to support increased protection for elephants which are being decimated for the ivory trade.

 

Elephant populations are at an all-time low with the species facing extinction due to the ivory poaching crisis which is killing at least 20,000 elephants each year.

 

Press Location: 
London, UK
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Press Contact: 
Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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+44 7917 507717
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IFAW unveils key partnership with Morocco to tackle illegal wildlife

Publication Date: 
Aug 24 2017
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IFAW unveils key partnership with Morocco to tackle illegal wildlife

With illegal wildlife trade being one of the most serious threats to biodiversity, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Moroccan government’s High Commission for Water, Forests, and Combating Desertification (HCEFLCD) are announcing a partnership to strengthen the protection of wildlife and habitats.

Press Location: 
Al Rabat, Morocco
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Dima Abo Kous, Campaigns Officer, IFAW-MENA
Contact phone: 
+971 55 342 6996
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IFAW urges action to reduce ocean noise pollution to protect marine mammals

Publication Date: 
Jul 12 2017
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Governments and the shipping industry need to take urgent action to stop underwater noise is the message of a new movie Sonic Sea by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and National Defense Council (NRDC) screened today 12th of July in the premises of the Lisbon Aquarium in the Expo Area. The event brings together stakeholders from relevant ministries and marine institutions, shipping industry and port authorities to discuss the threat to marine life and possible solutions.

Press Location: 
Lisbon, Portugal
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Press Contact: 
Eleonora Panella, EU Office
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+32 472 58 23 72
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New technology could reduce damaging impact of oil and gas noise pollution on whales and dolphins

Publication Date: 
Jul 7 2017
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The seismic industry could reduce its impact on the marine environment, particularly on sound-sensitive whales and dolphins, by using new technology during oil and gas exploration, new research has found.

 

Press Location: 
London, UK
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Press Contact: 
Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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+44 (0)7917 507717
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Hong Kong seizes 7.2 tonnes of elephant ivory

Publication Date: 
Jul 6 2017
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Hong Kong seizes 7.2 tonnes of elephant ivory

Hong Kong has made the biggest ivory bust in more than 30 years, seizing 7.2 tonnes of ivory tusks disguised in a container of frozen fish.

 

The seizure was made on Tuesday, 4th July, Hong Kong customs officials announced today, and three people have been arrested. The ivory tusks were found hidden beneath boxes of frozen fish in a shipping container from Malaysia.

 

Press Location: 
Cape Town, South Africa
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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+27 82 330 2558
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Jason Bell appointed IFAW Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare

Publication Date: 
Jul 5 2017
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Jason Bell appointed IFAW Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare

IFAW has appointed South African Jason Bell as Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare.

In his new role, Bell will lead all of IFAW programmatic work in the areas of Landscape Conservation, Community Animals, Animal Rescue, Marine Mammal Conservation and Wildlife Trade.

Previously Bell was Regional Director, Southern Africa and Director of IFAW’s Elephants Programme which has since evolved to become the Landscape Conservation Programme. Most recently he served as Vice President for International Operations.

Press Location: 
Cape Town, South Africa
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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+27 82 330 2558
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