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What the elephants know: the burden of sentience
24th July 2014 Vicki Fishlock
Most people who have met wild elephants speak of them with a sense of awe. After a brief encounter, most people will be Read more »
23rd July 2014 Sheren Shrestha
Every year a number of frontline staff lose their lives while protecting India’s natural heritage. They often face Read more »
Despite fog,the WGW Research Team’s whale photography continues
This post was filed from the field by the International Fund for Animal Welfare Western Gray Whale (WGW) Research Team Read more »
A North Atlantic right whale with an oil platform in the distance.
22nd July 2014 Margaret Cooney
The last time that I addressed this issue, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) had put forth a final proposal to Read more »
Senate Subcommittee hears testimony in support of Big Cats Public Safety and Pro
21st July 2014 Carson Barylak
Last Wednesday, a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing to discuss the Big Read more »
21st July 2014 Dörte von der Reith
The wide ear-to-ear smile graphic—from the “Have a Nice Day” campaign decades ago to the emoticons of Read more »
5 posts you may have missed this past month
18th July 2014 J.C. Bouvier
Teams from all over the International Fund for Animal Welfare program and project landscape have been particularly busy over Read more »
Ponchik survives last year's entanglement
17th July 2014 Anna Fillipova
Here is the story of one of the gray whales we see off of northeastern Sakhalin Island, Russia. Ponchik is a very well-known Read more »
IFAW celebrates World Snake Day with this Indian trinket snake rescue story
16th July 2014 Sheren Shrestha
Today, World Snake Day, we look at a rescue unlike any other case that we had attended to. Our International Fund for Animal Read more »
5th March 2013
Warning: video contains graphic images of sealing activity. The first set of hearings on the WTO challenge concerning the Watch Video »
5th March 2013
In this brief video, the International Fund for Animal Welfare's North America Regional Director, Jeff Flocken, takes Watch Video »
4th March 2013
The International Fund for Animal Welfare's Peter Pueschel gives us an update from the floor of CITES CoP 16. Watch Video »
Jason Bell, IFAW Director Southern Africa and Director – Elephant Program, introduces IFAW’s new interactive Watch Video »
1st March 2013
Last week I represented the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Watch Video »
22nd February 2013
Last Thursday and Friday, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge successfully Watch Video »
15th February 2013
  I just returned from our office in Dubai, whose mission is to reinforce the importance of protecting animals and to Watch Video »
28th January 2013
The recent video posting of divers attempting to disentangle a wild dolphin in Hawaii (footage above) reminds me of the Watch Video »
24th January 2013
As I sit at my desk thinking about all the preparations that need to be performed, I can’t help but wonder if it Watch Video »
Eight in ten people believe fox hunting belongs to the past
26th December 2013
A new survey released on Boxing Day, a major day in the hunting calendar, from the League Against Cruel Sports, RSPCA and IFAW, shows 80 percent of the Great British public think that fox hunting should not be made legal again; 85 percent think deer Read more »
Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales off Virginia Coast Threatened by Seismic
19th December 2013
New acoustic data from Cornell University’s Bioacoustics Research Program finds that critically endangered North Atlantic right whales off the Virginia coast are in the path of proposed seismic airgun use. These whales, of which only about 500 Read more »
EU Provides Glimmer of Hope for Elephants in 2014 After Dismal 2013
19th December 2013
More than 41 tonnes of elephant ivory have been seized in 2013, the largest quantity in 25-years. However, the fact that up to 50,000 elephants a year are now being slaughtered for their ivory seems to have shocked world leaders out of their ennui an Read more »
Iceland issues five-year whaling quotas – ignoring meagre consumption of whale m
16th December 2013
Polling released today (Monday) reveals a mere 3% of Icelanders claim to eat whale meat regularly*, despite the Icelandic government issuing new quotas which would allow 229 minke whales and 154 endangered fin whales to be harpooned each year for the Read more »
Ship Strike Rule Renewed:  A Win for Whales
10th December 2013
Hours prior to the rule’s scheduled expiration, the Obama Administration’s announcement today of its decision to uphold the Ship Strike Rule is an important development in the ongoing efforts to protect endangered right whales.  Howe Read more »
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) in cooperation w
10th December 2013
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) in cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation and CMS Secretariat are organizing training on prevention of wildlife trafficking on sharks and other marine species. The Read more »
IFAW Applauds China for Banning Wild Animals from Official Dinner Tables
9th December 2013
The Chinese Government yesterday issued a ban ruling out serving dishes containing shark fins, bird nests and other wild animal products at official reception dinners. The ban is part of a sweeping government crackdown on corruption, excessive spendi Read more »
Japanese fleet heads to Antarctica to harpoon whales – despite pending World Cou
7th December 2013
The Japanese whaling fleet has left port for Antarctica to train its harpoons on around 1,000 whales – despite a pending World Court ruling on whether or not its actions are lawful. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging the Read more »
Getting Real – Urgent Plan Hopes to  Reverse Onslaught on Elephants
4th December 2013
Hope for the future of elephants grew a little rosier today, when ministerial delegates to the IUCN African Elephant Summit in Botswana agreed to take urgent action to halt poaching and ivory trafficking. Importantly, delegates committed to classifyi Read more »
Making a Killing - A 2011 Survey of Ivory Markets in China
An unprecedented surge in ivory seizures occurred in 2011. Media reported that 5,259 elephant tusks were seized worldwide i Read more »
Antarctic Ocean Legacy: A Vision for Circumpolar Protection
Antarctic Ocean Legacy: A Vision for Circumpolar Protection Read more »
Helping Dogs and Cats
IFAW advocates for laws that protect animals from cruelty and neglect, we provide veterinary training and basic veterinary Read more »
Protecting Elephants
Elephants need protection - whether it’s individual animals or entire populations and their habitats. Read more »
Protecting and Saving Animals
Elephants at risk from poachers, whales and seals threatened by cruel hunts, wildlife and pets stranded after disasters Read more »
Saving Whales
From pollution to climate change to whaling, these magnificent creatures face more threats than ever. Read more »
Stopping Illegal Wildlife Trade
Elephants, tigers and other endangered wildlife are being killed at an alarming rate for trinkets, potions and fashion. Read more »
2012 Azores cruise report
Cruise report for a survey of cetaceans in the Azores, Portugal, conducted from R/V Song of the Whale 5th April – 8th M Read more »
Living tortoises do not make good art
15th August 2014 by Dr. Ian Robinson
Using live animals for art goes against our animal welfare principles. I am referring specifically to a current installation Read more »
More cameras observe more aggregation in White Sea beluga whales
15th August 2014 by Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova
This update on IFAW funded beluga whale research, part of a larger multiyear survey of the Solovetsky beluga whale Read more »
Congress should follow New York’s example and enhance protections for big cats
15th August 2014 by Carson Barylak
On Monday, August 11—just one day after World Lion Day—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law A.9004/S. Read more »
Spotlight Zambia: The secret life of Chodoba
14th August 2014 by Sarah Davies
A milestone event was witnessed at Kafue National Park in Zambia last month. The 9-year-old rehabilitated orphaned elephant Read more »
2014 Russian Western Gray Whale Research Team reports good news from Sakhalin Is
13th August 2014 by Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova
We are back with some news from Piltun, where we study gray whales in the Sea of Okhotsk off northeastern Sakhalin Island. Read more »
12th August 2014 by Jason Bell
At the current rate of elephant poaching in many parts of Africa, this crisis should be a matter of daily concern. World Read more »
Bidding against survival
12th August 2014 by Peter LaFontaine
Today IFAW released its newest report, Bidding Against Survival: The Elephant Poaching Crisis and the Role of Auctions in Read more »
We love New York’s ivory ban
12th August 2014 by Peter LaFontaine
Earlier this summer, the New York State legislature reached an agreement to ban the sale and purchase of most elephant and Read more »
World elephant day graphic
12th August 2014 by
It is early August 2014, and so far this year not a single week has passed without law enforcers seizing a consignment of Read more »

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"IFAW column: International whaling" read IFAW CEO Azzedine Downes' article in Wildlife Extra here.

"Japanese Whaling Program Under Scrutiny Again After Country Announces Plans To Resume Hunt" IFAW's Patrick Ramage is quoted in this Huffington Post/Associated Press story

The Christian Science Monitor: "Despite severe poaching, hopeful signs on World Elephant Day" - read more

Vice News: "New York Passes Bill That Could Limit Selfies With Tigers" - See the original article

 

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