Senate committee passes legislation that would help protect endangered North atlantic Right Whales

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Thu, 04/24/2008
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Introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), the Ship Strike Reduction Act of 2008 would order the Secretary of Commerce to finalize federal regulations enforcing speed limits on ships, regulations that were first proposed in February 2007 and already delayed for over a year.
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Newborn bear cub killing to be legalized

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Thu, 03/27/2008
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First, it may seem that the new Rules are meant to protect bear cubs. This is a complete illusion, however.
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Moscow, Russia
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Nearly one ton of ivory seized in Guangxi, China, largest ever in region

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Tue, 03/25/2008
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“The pictures indicate that the ivory is most likely from African elephants, as you can see by the shape and the length. Also, the estimated monetary value of the ivory is a clear indication of the lure this trade presents for criminal syndicates globally,” comments Michael Wamithi, the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) global Elephants Program Director.
 
This seizure marks the largest amount of ivory ever confiscated in the Guangxi province of China, neighboring with Vietnam.
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Beijing, China
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IFAW's Katie Touhey Receives Red Cross Animal Adult Hero Award

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Thu, 03/06/2008
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Touhey and her team of four full-time staff joined IFAW last summer after working as a separate organization for nearly ten years. The stranding network, which has a dedicated corps of more than 350 local volunteers, responds to approximately 500 reports of stranded marine mammals each year in and around Cape Cod.
 
“We are proud to have Katie leading IFAW’s stranding work,” said A.J. Cady, IFAW’s Director of Animals in Crisis and Distress.
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Yarmouth Port, Mass
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IFAW returns rehabilitated black bears to wild in India

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Fri, 02/22/2008
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The bears were hand raised at the Center for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC), a project jointly managed by IFAW, WTI, and the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department. This unique rehabilitation center, located in northeast India's Arunachal Pradesh state, directs orphaned bears through an 'assisted' release programme. Before the bears are permanently released to the wild they are acclimatized to their future home which they roam free by day but return at night to sleep in the center. Today, 5 of the 11 bears at the center took the next step toward being released to the wild.
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Tezpur, India
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Extraordinary victory for harp seals: Russia moves towards banning the whitecoat hunt

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Wed, 03/05/2008
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“We are very pleased that the Russian government is taking steps towards ending the whitecoat hunt,” remarked Masha Vorontsova, Director of IFAW Russia. “We acknowledge this step as an important achievement for animal welfare; however the government must do more -- we look forward to the full closure of the harp seal hunt in Russia.”
 
Russian opposition to the whitecoat harp seal hunt has grown considerably in the last year.
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London's wildlife crime unit saved from the axe

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Fri, 02/08/2008
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In March the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they were intending to cut core funding for two of the four posts within the wildlife crime unit due to police budget constraints.
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African nations join forces to form anti-ivory trade coalition

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Thu, 02/07/2008
Delegates gathered in the West African country of Mali’s capital for a two-day meeting to discuss how they will pave the way forward for elephants following decisions at the 14th Conference of the Parties of CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) to allow huge ivory stock sales, which will take place before commencement of a nine-year trade suspension. There is a great concern by range states that huge tons of ivory being released into the markets will only stimulate demand and prompt poachers to kill more elephants.
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African Nations sign Bamako Declaration to Save remaining Elephants

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Thu, 02/07/2008
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The African elephant range states included Mali, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.
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Train hits elephant herd, Three killed

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Tue, 02/05/2008
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The badly mutilated body of the female elephant was found at the site along with an aborted male foetus, suggesting that she was the first to be hit while leading the herd.
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