New rules protect public from dangerous big cats

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Fri, 08/17/2007
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The passage of the Captive Wildlife Safety Act – which happened shortly after IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) engaged in a high-profile confiscation of 24 full-grown tigers from a suburban New Jersey home –  became necessary due to the high number of dangerous animals being purchased and shipped across state lines. As the CWSA regulations explain, “Statistics show a considerable number of injuries or deaths attributable to big cats.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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IFAW Calls on Congress to Pass Haley’s Act

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Tue, 07/24/2007
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Haley’s Act would amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to prohibit direct contact between the general public and big cats, including lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, cougars and hybrids.  The bill does not discourage public display of big cats in accredited zoos, or housing big cats in sanctuaries, but rather seeks to strengthen safety for the public.  It also significantly increases fines for violations of the AWA to further encourage facilities to abide by the law and treat the animals well.
 
“Allowing public contact with big cat
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Washington, D.C.
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The Netherlands becomes the second EU nation to ban the trade in seal products

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Wed, 07/18/2007
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The ban officially removes the Dutch market from the international commercial seal trade, sending a strong message to the Canadian government that European markets for seal products are continuing to shrink.
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The Hague, Netherlands
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IFAW’s whale research vessel ‘Song of the Whale’ visits Alexandria, Egypt

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Mon, 07/09/2007
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The event highlighted this summer’s cetacean survey of the eastern Mediterranean Sea which began in May. Mahmoud Fouad of the Department of Natural Resources at Egypt’s Ministry of Environment is among the 12 interns who are participating in SOTW’s current survey.
 
More than eighty people attended the dinner event, including Gen. Adel Labeeb, Governor of Alexandria; Dr. Mustafa Fouda, Director of Natural Resources at the Ministry of Environment; Dr, Ragy Fakhry Toma, Director of the Egyptian Wildlife Service; Dr.
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Alexandria, Egypt
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Azzedine Downes, Executive Vice President (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Canada’s 2007 commercial seal hunt crawls to a halt – harp seal population undergoes another year of unnecessary hunting

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Sat, 06/23/2007
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Statistics from Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) show that to date, 215,388 harp seals have been taken from the 270,000 harp seal quota for 2007. Final catch numbers will not be available until after the hunt closes and all pelts are counted.
 
“Based on our observation flights in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in March and April of this year, I’m not surprised that the sealers failed to fulfill their quota,” said Cheryl Jacobson, leader of IFAW’s Hunt Watch team.
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Governments confront Internet trade at CITES; Sharks lose grip

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Fri, 06/08/2007
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An investigation conducted by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare; www.ifaw.org) in February revealed how the rampant trade in elephant ivory being carried out across eBay’s global network of auction sites is enabling consumers to literally bid for the extinction of the world’s largest land mammal.  CEEWEB (www.ceeweb.org), a network of environmental organizations in Central and Eastern Europe and IFAW partner, released the results of another investigation this week re
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The Hague, Netherlands
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Nations asked to put differences aside at international whaling meeting

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Tue, 05/29/2007
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European Parliament calls on Member States to vote for ivory trade moratorium

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Fri, 05/25/2007
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A majority of citizens in several European countries support a 20-year total ban on international ivory trade. A series of polls just completed in key EU Member States, together representing some 320 million European citizens, show overwhelming levels of support for the moratorium, ranging from 72% to 87% of the population.
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Brussels, Belgium
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Watershed decision for the conservation of marine organisms

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Wed, 05/16/2007
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Shark fishing is mainly carried out with drift gill nets measuring close to two kilometers long, as well as long lines of up to 70 kilometers in length with thousands of hooks. The drift gill nets have been called walls of death because they catch all marine organisms.

These nets are the main threat to cetaceans. Most of the captures around the world occur in gill and drift nets, in the case of whales, dolphins and porpoises (84% of captures), for seals and sea lions (98% of catches)[1].

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Elephant-back Safaris “Simply Accidents Waiting to Happen” Warns Top Tourism Insurer

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Thu, 05/10/2007
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As thousands of travel industry heavyweights from across the globe gather at the annual tourism Indaba in Durban this weekend, a new report released by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) shows a marked upswing in the number of elephant back safari operations – and highlights the concerns of the major insurer of “high risk activities”.
 
In the report An Overview of the Commercial Use of Elephants in Captivity in South Africa the chairman and founder of the “high ri
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