U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Navy Sonar Case Ruling Could Be Made By This Fall

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Mon, 06/23/2008
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In April, the Navy petitioned the Court for review of the February 29, 2008, decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, allowing naval training exercises to continue in the Southern California region but with greater environmental safeguards in the use of harmful mid-frequency active sonar (MFA).
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Rescue groups respond to animals trapped in Midwest floods

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Mon, 06/23/2008
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Staging at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Quincy, Illinois, the three groups – the first to enter Illinois to assist in animal relief – have set up a temporary shelter, which is growing each day. Twenty fawns, rescued by local groups from atop an overflowing  levee, where they tried to escape rising floodwaters, are now being cared for at the shelter.
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African Elephant Coalition in Strategic Ivory Trade Meeting

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Sat, 06/21/2008
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The Coalition’s chairman, Mali Minister for Environment, Aghatam AG Alhassane, said, “We need to discuss modalities for the formation of an action plan that will enable us to maintain a viable and healthy elephant population free from threats posed by consumptive use and international ivory trade. As the African Elephant Coalition, we seek to champion eco-tourism for the benefit of local communities.
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Wildlife Protection Groups Ask Federal Court to Uphold Polar Bear Trophy Hunting Ban

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Mon, 06/16/2008
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In a separate filing today, the Center for Biological Diversity, Natural Resources Defense Council and Greenpeace have also sought to participate in the lawsuit.
 
“Polar bears are headed toward the brink—everyone knows it. It is shameful that this group is not relenting in its quest to allow the trophy killing of these remarkable animals,” said Michael Markarian, executive vice president of The HSUS.

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Congressional committee passes legislation that would strengthen ban on shark finning

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Wed, 06/11/2008
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The legislation, introduced by Rep. Madelaine Bordallo (D-Guam), would close a loophole in the law that has allowed some people to get past the ban by finning sharks from vessels not legally classified as “fishing vessels.” The Committee also passed a strengthening amendment introduced by Rep. Eni Faleomavaega (D-AS) that would require fishers to land sharks with their fins naturally attached to their bodies in all U.S. waters. The amendment would help ensure that sharks are not finned at sea and enhance the collection of data needed for shark population assessment.
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World Bank joins the global fight to save the tiger

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Mon, 06/09/2008
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Wild tigers face increasing threats from habitat loss, prey loss and poaching for the trade in their body parts. Wild tiger population, which at the turn of the 20th century stood at 100,000 individuals, has diminished to below 4,000, spread out in fractured habitats in 13 range states.
 
"Addressing the threats to tigers calls for innovative interventions which tackle the root cause of the problem--the incentives to poach tigers and their prey and to destroy habitats," reads a statement issued by the World Bank.
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IFAW provides humane solution to avoid dog culls in earthquake zone

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Mon, 06/02/2008
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“This agreement is a major breakthrough,” said Jackson Zee, IFAW rescue leader.
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IFAW disburses emergency grant for Kenya's Tsavo Parks

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Wed, 06/04/2008
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“At the height of the unrest earlier in the year, we suffered a 90 per cent drop in tourism visitation, forcing us to undertake massive budget cuts to contain the situation and ensure that the Parks are well protected from poachers. This support from IFAW will uplift our efforts, and we are grateful that this has come at an hour of great need for both the wildlife guardians and the animals especially the elephants,” commented Jonathan Kirui, Assistant Director of Tsavo.
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U.S. Bans Importation of Polar Bear Trophies from Canada

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“Closing the trophy hunting loophole removes an unnecessary threat to the polar bear’s survival,” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW D.C. Office Director. “While we still have a long way to go, today’s decision is a step in the right direction.”
 
Polar bears have been protected since 1972 under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and cannot be trophy hunted in Alaska, the only U.S. state where they are found.
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IFAW Sends Relief Supplies to Earthquake Epicenter

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Sun, 05/25/2008
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“The disaster has brought tremendous sufferings to millions of lives,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, IFAW’s Asia Regional Director. “We express our deepest sympathy to the victims of the earthquake.
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