U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Giraffes - Wildlife Groups Seek to Save Species from Silent Extinction -

Publication Date: 
Apr 19 2017
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U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Giraffes

In response to recent scientific consensus on giraffes’ vulnerability to extinction, five wildlife protection groups today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Earth’s tallest land animal under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

 

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WASHINGTON, US
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Abby Cohen, IFAW
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(646) 695-7044
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Minke whaling season due to begin in Iceland

Publication Date: 
Apr 13 2017
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Minke whaling season due to begin in Iceland

The minke whaling season is expected to start imminently in Iceland, with whales being cruelly harpooned so their meat can be sold in restaurants and supermarkets.

 

Iceland’s self-allocated kill quota for each year is 224 minke whales, with a fraction of this quota usually taken. In recent years the number of minkes killed annually has been between 24 and 30, although last year whalers harpooned 46 minke whales.

 

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London – 13 April 2017
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Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling further criticised by expert panel

Publication Date: 
Apr 3 2017
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Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling further criticised by expert panel

Japan’s so-called scientific whaling has received further criticism from international experts who found Japan does not need to kill whales for ‘scientific research’.

In a report published today (Monday) the Expert Panel appointed by the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) Scientific Committee concluded that Japan’s ‘lethal sampling’ of whales, which it will continue to hunt with explosive harpoons in the North Pacific under its ‘NEWREP-NP’ programme, was not justified.

Press Location: 
Tokyo, Japan – 03 April 2017
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Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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+44 (0)20 7587 6708
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IFAW: China shuts down one third of ivory factories and shops

Publication Date: 
Mar 31 2017
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IFAW: China shuts down one third of ivory factories and shops

Today, China will shut down more than 60 ivory carving factories and retailers making good on their promise to end domestic commercial ivory markets in 2017. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) offered the following statement in response:

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Washington, DC
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Erika Jihan Qu, IFAW China
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+86 132 6131 1495
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DFO Opens Commercial Seal Hunt Early, Removes Limited Protection for Mothers and Nursing Pups

Publication Date: 
Mar 28 2017
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is disappointed that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will be opening the commercial seal hunt early this year, allowing sealers to hunt while harp seal pups are still nursing. Traditionally, the annual hunt off the coast of Newfoundland is closed until mid-April to allow mothers to give birth to their pups and nurse without disruption. This annual closure is one of the few protections in place for these ice dependent species.

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Ottawa, ON
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Res Krebs, IFAW Canada, Ottawa
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+1 (416) 669-3459
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IFAW strongly opposed to sealers’ demands for early start to seal slaughter

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Mar 24 2017
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IFAW strongly opposed to sealers’ demands for early start to seal slaughter

The International Fund for Animal Welfare condemns any early opening of the commercial harp seal hunt. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) are considering suspending the annual closure of the hunt in mid-March. This is one of the few protections in place for harp seals.

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Ottawa, ON
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Res Krebs, IFAW Canada, Ottawa
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(416) 669-3459
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Better security, not dehorning, the answer to protecting rhino

Publication Date: 
Mar 15 2017
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Better security, not dehorning, the answer to protecting rhino

Zoos should be improving their security, not dehorning their rhino exhibits to protect them from poachers says one of the world’s leading rhino conservationists.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
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+27 82 330 2558
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IFAW welcomes launch of new network Youth for Wildlife Conservation on World Wildlife Day

Publication Date: 
Mar 3 2017
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IFAW welcomes launch of new network Youth for Wildlife Conservation on World Wil

Young conservationists from around the world today introduce a new global organization mobilizing the next generation of wildlife protection. Youth for Wildlife Conservation has as its mission to:

“Support early-career wildlife conservationists with innovative ideas, empowering them to become catalysts for change in their local communities”

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Brussels, Belgium
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Sonja Van Tichelen, IFAW EU
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+32 2 282 06 94
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+32 477 24 60 77
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Call for wild captures to end, as shocking footage reveals reality of cruel trade in Russian beluga whales

Publication Date: 
Feb 22 2017
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Call for wild captures to end, as shocking footage reveals reality of cruel trad

The cruel trade in Russian beluga whales (the white whale), captured in the wild for sale to aquaria and travelling shows, has been condemned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) as shocking new footage reveals the true depth of the animals’ suffering for human entertainment.

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Moscow, Russia
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Press Contact: 
Elena Zharkova, IFAW Russia
Clare Sterling, IFAW UK
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+79 0321 25 793
+44 7917 507 717