Climate change catastrophe: worst ice year on record leads to harp seals’ demise

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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) reports that the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which is the annual birthing ground of hundreds of thousands of harp seals, is essentially devoid of both ice and seals.

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Sealers take aim at last surviving harp seal pups as Newfoundland seal hunt opens

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Thu, 04/08/2010

Twenty-three sealing vessels from Newfoundland and Labrador have hailed out in search of concentrations of seal pups on whatever ice is still available.

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Senator John Kerry Introduces Legislation to Protect Whales

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Mon, 03/15/2010
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“Whales are in a sea of trouble, and we must do all we can to mitigate threats to the species and its habitat,” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW DC Office Director. “We applaud Senator Kerry’s leadership in championing this legislation and hope his colleagues follow suit.”  

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Animal groups pledge $1.1M dollars for long-term animal relief efforts in Haiti

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Thu, 03/04/2010
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“Our goal is to reach millions of animals in need and have a long-lasting impact for the people of Haiti,” said Ian Robinson, IFAW’s Director of Emergency Relief. “Cooperating as a group of NGOs gives us a unique opportunity to address public and animal health concerns, across the entire country.”

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Canadian government raises kill quota for harp seal pups despite severe lack of ice habitat

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Mon, 03/15/2010
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“The Canadian government looks absurd calling for 330,000 seals to be slaughtered when there may not even be that many pups left alive,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW.

Harp seals require stable ice platforms to give birth and nurse their pups. This year’s ice conditions are the lowest on record, spelling imminent danger for the pups’ survival.

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Guelph, Canada
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As Olympics are set to begin, Canada goes for gold in annual seal clubbing event

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Mon, 02/08/2010
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Three out of every four grey seal pups born this year have been marked for death. 

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Will the Year of the Tiger be good for the tiger?

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Fri, 02/12/2010
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“Wild tigers once numbered around 100,000 across Asia, today there are fewer than 3,500,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, IFAW’s Asia Regional Director. “Tigers face threats from loss of habitat and prey. But the greatest threat to wild tigers is poaching to supply an illegal trade driven by the demand for tiger parts and products.”

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Help for animals arrives in Haiti

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Tue, 01/26/2010
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“The condition of these animals before the earthquake was not good, so we can’t just simply put things back as they were,” said Ian Robinson, IFAW’s Director of Emergency Relief. “We need to deliver immediate relief to animals and to develop long-term plans for a lasting good.”

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IFAW, WSPA, and other groups band together to help animals in Haiti

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Fri, 01/15/2010

On January 12, a 7.0 earthquake – the largest in 200 years – rocked the small island nation, reducing buildings to rubble, and demolishing the capital, Port-au-Prince. Tens of thousands of people are feared dead and countries such as the United States have pledged troops and aid to the Caribbean nation. The international response to the devastation has been the largest outpouring of support since Asia’s 2004 tsunami.

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IFAW condemns Canadian WTO Challenge on EU ban of seal products

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Tue, 11/03/2009

“The EU seal ban is the only way the European public can be assured they are not buying products of cruel commercial seal hunts. Canada is arrogantly trying to shove dead seals into markets where they are simply not wanted,” said Lesley O’Donnell, IFAW EU Director. “The current Canadian government would rather risk international condemnation than a few seats in their parliament.

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