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 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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IFAW Applauds Sonar Injunction Against US Navy

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Wed, 02/06/2008
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The decision, issued by Judge Elizabeth Laporte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, orders all parties to negotiate the specific terms of the injunction, which will offer some relief to marine mammals from potentially lethal underwater sound blasts by prohibiting LFA sonar use in areas of the ocean identified as critical marine mammal habitat.
 
“This is a lifeline for whales and all marine mammals” said IFAW Washington, D.C., Office Director Jeffrey Flocken.
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Conservation on the Agenda, as 17 African Nations meet to talk Elephants

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Wed, 02/06/2008
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The delegates are from 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.
 
“IFAW is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with fellow conservationists from Africa and Asia”, remarked Kevin Shields, Wildlife and Habitat Programme Director for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org). IFAW will be facilitating the meeting along with the hosts, the Mali and Kenya Governments.
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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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China increases enforcement of illegal trade of wildlife on the Internet

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Mon, 02/04/2008
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But the fundamental challenges of combating this illegal trade, including the lack of a legal framework governing Internet trade, the anonymous nature of the Internet and the exponential explosion of Internet usage, remain.
 
“Illegal wildlife trade on the Internet is a global problem,” sais Dr. Meng Xianlin, Director of the China CITES Management Authority, who hailed the IFAW report for providing data invaluable to law enforcement.
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New Poll Shows an Overwhelming Majority of Chinese Public Supports Ban on Tiger Trade

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Wed, 01/30/2008
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The face-to-face survey of 1,880 people in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Harbin, Kunming and Shanghai was conducted by Horizon Key, one of China’s pre-eminent public polling companies.  Respondents, who statistically represent the entire adult populations of these cities, were asked questions about their use of tiger products, their preferences for products from wild versus farmed tigers and their attitudes toward conservation of wild tigers and China’s 1993 tiger-trade ban.
 
Ninety three percent of the respondents support China’s tiger
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Ivory trade continues its reach across myriad African nations

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Tue, 01/29/2008
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Michael Wamithi, global elephants program manager for IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), responds stating, “The recent decision by CITES [Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species] Conference of the Parties in June to approve nearly a decade-long suspension of trade in elephant ivory is not enough. Consumer demand is booming, and domestic trade is out of control.
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Japan's Whaling - More Sushi than Science

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Thu, 01/17/2008
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The world’s leading international law experts and marine mammal scientists have deemed the Government of Japan’s “scientific” whaling program to be fatally flawed and in breach of numerous international treaties and tribunals.
 
“Japan’s 20 years of “scientific whaling” has delivered thousands of dead whales and next to no useful knowledge of the whales they “study”. The meat is packaged and sold in the fish markets in Japan.
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International Fund for Animal Welfare Report Reveals Impact of Global Warming on Arctic Marine Mammals

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Thu, 01/17/2008
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“Signs of climate change are all around us,” said IFAW D.C. Office Director Jeff Flocken. “This is especially significant in the Artic, where ice habitat is integral to polar bears and melting sea-ice sets the stage for drastic population reductions. Ultimately, this will lead to the extinction of the species.”
 
In September 2007, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a series of reports concluding that by 2050, we will have lost two-thirds of the world’s polar bears, and that many of the rest will be gone by 2100.
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