Elephant Tourism under Fire as Trampled Handler Loses Leg

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Mon, 06/06/2011
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On Saturday a handler at the Knysna Elephant Park, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, was attacked by a bull elephant leaving him with injuries so grievous that one of his legs had to be surgically amputated. In June 2005 the same elephant named “Harry” and described as the park’s “star attraction” attacked and killed a handler at the park.

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Asia/Africa Range States Pledge Support for Elephants

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Tue, 05/24/2011
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The signing of the “New Delhi E-8 Recommendation for Global Elephant Conservation” in India today is a welcome step by countries with hitherto very different approaches to elephant management to collaborate to ensure the adoption of pragmatic conservation strategies for the long-term protection of elephant populations in the wild.

The self-named “E-8” represents four African and four Asian countries with wild elephant populations – Botswana, Congo (Brazzaville), Indonesia, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.

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New Delhi, India
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Iceland's fin whaler declares truce

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Tue, 05/10/2011
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Robbie Marsland, IFAW’s UK Director and global Iceland whales campaign manager, said: “Faced with the enormous difficulty in trading with Japan, the only legally possible buyer; the fact that there is no market for fin whale meat in Iceland; the threat of sanctions from the US and an implacably anti-whaling EU; it looks like Mr Loftsson has finally recognised that there is no real point in continuing to kill fin whales. We hope he continues to leave them in peace.”

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London
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Massive ivory seizure in China shows illegal ivory trade thriving

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Tue, 04/19/2011
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The confiscation comes just two weeks after Thailand customs officials found 247 elephant tusks concealed inside a consignment of frozen fish from Kenya.

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) salutes the achievement of the Chinese authorities but warns that this is just one shipment in a staggering illegal trade which threatens the continued existence of elephants in some range states.

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Brussels, Belgium
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IFAW documents unacceptable cruelty during 2011 seal hunt

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Wed, 04/13/2011
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“We have ample evidence that the three-step process to ensure humane killing is not being followed.  Neither the test for unconsciousness, nor bleeding out to ensure death, is being conducted” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “As a consequence, we filmed the horror of a live seal pup being sliced down the belly while likely still conscious, and tossed ruthlessly in the bottom of a boat.

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Cornerbrook, Canada
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IFAW - Canada’s Sealhunt: Is it worth it?

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Mon, 04/11/2011
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“It is day one of the commercial seal hunt on The Front and only 27 boats have gone out and sealers are being quoted in the news saying it’s not feasible to hunt seals.” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “If hunting seals is a market-driven industry as many people claim, then why isn’t the Canadian government listening to what the market is saying and why are millions of tax dollars being poured into it?”

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Newfoundland, Canada
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IFAW: Supporting the commercial seal hunt makes no economic sense

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Thu, 04/07/2011
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IFAW questions why promises of federal support for Canada’s commercial seal hunt continue to increase, when cuts of $84.7 million to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and $31.9 million to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are being proposed by the Conservatives.

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Toronto, Canada
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Arctic reindeer moves closer to endangered listing

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Tue, 04/05/2011
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Populations of Arctic reindeer are severely dwindling due to climate change, predation, over-hunting, lack of genetic diversity, inter-species competition and disease.  

“Today’s decision is a very important first step and will hopefully act as a catalyst for global action to save the Arctic reindeer from extinction,” said Jeff Flocken, DC Office Director, IFAW.   “A listing under the ESA would bring meaningful safeguards to the species and attention to the crisis they are facing.”

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Climate change clobbers Canada’s commercial seal hunt

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Wed, 03/30/2011
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IFAW is on the East Coast to document the commercial seal hunt and has found almost no ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and consequently very few seals. According to Environment Canada data, ice coverage has been below normal for the past 17 years, with 2010 and 2011 being two of the worst on record. 

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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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