IFAW: Fisheries Minister sacrifices seals to win votes

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Fri, 03/25/2011
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IFAW calls the increase of 70,000 seals irresponsible and shortsighted, noting that seal pups are being threatened by some of the worst ice conditions on record and that global demand for seal products remains low.

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Toronto, Canada
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Michelle Cliffe (IFAW -CA)
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IFAW trains Congolese wildlife authorities in war against elephant poaching in Odzala-Kokoua National Park

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Thu, 03/17/2011
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Twenty five participants, including the park conservation officer and his three assistants, are being trained by two French instructors from the APB (Association for the Protection of the Biosphere) experts in anti-poaching strategy as part of an agreement between IFAW and the Ministry of Sustainable Development of Forest Economy and Environment of Congo.

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Reims
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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, (IFAW France)
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Elephant poachers caught in Congo basin – two killed EU must step up efforts in elephant range states

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Thu, 03/17/2011
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The lucrative nature of the illegal trade in ivory means that stakes are very high for both poachers and the rangers who protect the elephants. It is difficult to know the total cost in human and elephant lives but there is no doubt that thousands of elephants die every year from poaching as well as poachers, rangers and innocent bystanders.

The Chadian brigade for the protection of environment and anti-poaching seized AK-47s, horses and 15 ivory tusks from the poachers.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Adrian Hiel – (IFAW EU)
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Nova Scotia grey seals to be slaughtered during Canada Winter Games

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Thu, 02/17/2011
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“IFAW is stunned at the shortsightedness and arrogance of the Canadian government for allowing the slaughter of 60,000 grey seals to proceed, beginning today in Nova Scotia,” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “Allowing the brutal clubbing of roughly 80% of the pups born this year is completely irresponsible and has no basis in conservation. The few dollars that will be earned by the handful of sealers taking part in this slaughter is a pittance compared to the economic benefit offered by grey seals to this province as a tourism draw.”

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Toronto, Canada
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Michelle Cliffe (IFAW Canada)
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IFAW Partners with PetFlow.com to Help Animals in Need

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Thu, 01/13/2011
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“A $40 donation can go a long way towards assisting one of IFAW’s many efforts across the globe,” said Fred O’Regan, President and CEO, IFAW. “It could vaccinate 20 street dogs in Bali to prevent rabies, or it would provide enough formula to feed an orphan elephant in India for an entire week. This money could also provide a uniform, work boots, and backpack for a ranger protecting elephants and other wildlife. Thanks to PetFlow.com, each and every donation can help change an animal’s life.”   

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Yarmouth Port
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Abby Berman (The Rosen Group)
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IFAW Urges China to Say “No” to Seal Products

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Tue, 01/11/2011
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Rejected by the EU, which banned seal product sales last year, Canada has returned to China on the hunt for new consumers. The Canadian Government is assuming that Chinese consumers will condone the cruel slaughter of seals. “The Chinese eat anything”, said a seal industry executive to the Globe and Mail after a similar junket last year, “And they simply don’t understand why you would put one animal over another.”

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Toronto, Canada
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Michelle Cliffe
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Japan urged to recall whaling fleet

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Thu, 12/02/2010
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In defiance of global opposition and several international laws, the Japanese whaling fleet is heading for the pristine Southern Ocean Sanctuary to kill up to 935 minke whales and 50 endangered fin whales. In addition, Japan has still not formally abandoned plans to take 50 vulnerable humpback whales.

Despite the worldwide ban on commercial whaling, Japan hunts whales in Antarctica under the loophole of "scientific whaling".

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London
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Patrick Ramage
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Dismay greets court ruling that puts captive lions back in the firing line

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Wed, 12/01/2010
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“This ruling puts canned hunting right back on the agenda, and further entrenches South Africa’s image of a country that puts animal welfare last while profiteering from an abhorrent form of hunting practice,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director Southern Africa of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org).

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius (IFAW Southern Africa)
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Dog and cat welfare in EU to be improved

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Mon, 11/29/2010
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“This is the beginning of better animal welfare standards throughout the European Union,” says Kate Atema, IFAW’s Programme Director for Companion Animals.

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Brussles, Belgium
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Kate Nattrass Atema (IFAW Netherlands)
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Iceland criticised by US for whaling and urged to stop increased slaughter of endangered species

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Wed, 11/24/2010
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) welcomed the US Department of Commerce decision to publicly issue a statement criticising Iceland's commercial whaling activities.

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Washington, US
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Patrick Ramage (IFAW, Headquarters)
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