25 Countries Launch Diplomatic Protest Against Iceland’s Whale Hunt

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Wed, 11/01/2006
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The demarche expresses the countries’ opposition to the resumption of commercial whale hunting and asks the Icelandic government to reconsider its policy.

“We are heartened by the strong global reaction and hopeful that the Icelandic government will reconsider its misguided decision,” said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW’s Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection. “We have no quarrel with the people of Iceland.
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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IFAW Breaks Ground on New International Headquarters

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Wed, 10/25/2006
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“This is a great day for IFAW, for our staff and partners on Cape Cod, and for the many animals we protect worldwide,” said IFAW President and CEO Fred O’Regan. “The headquarters we break ground for today will bring our 150 employees together in one Cape Cod location.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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CITES Falls Short of Addressing Critical Threats to Wild Tigers

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Fri, 10/06/2006
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CITES lists the tiger among the most endangered species in need of protection, identifying illegal trade as the major threat to the species. Poaching to supply tiger parts to illegal markets has completely wiped out wild tigers from some nature reserves in India. And tiger farms in China are lobbying to legalize the trade in parts and derivatives of captive-bred tigers. However at the discussion on tigers, the SC failed to endorse actions proposed by the CITES Secretariat and the US to address the rampant illegal trade of tiger parts and derivatives across Asia.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Lynn A. Levine (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Whalers bloody Iceland&#8217;s waters and international reputation with first whale kill

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Sun, 10/22/2006
The whaling ship, owned by prominent Icelandic businessman Kristjan Loftsson, arrived this morning at Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord), a small inlet with a dock used by whalers in Iceland’s whaling days. The country’s sole whale meat processing factory, built during World War II, is currently inoperable.
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Jennifer Ferguson-Mitchell (IFAW, Headquarters)
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An endangered fin whale is hauled to shore in Hvalfjordur, Iceland, on Sunday, October 22, 2006. Iceland has permitted the commercial hunting of nine fin whales and 30 minke whales, contravening a 1986 global whaling moratorium.

More than one million children learn about seals this week

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Wed, 10/04/2006
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“Making Waves for Seals,” is this year’s theme – focusing on seals and the many threats seals face like: pollution, habitat loss, climate change, entanglement in fishing nets, commercial hunting and extinction.

IFAW distributed interactive materials including student booklets, teacher’s guides, calendar posters and a 15 minute educational video introduced by E.R. actor Goran Visnjic to 10,500 U.S. schools and community organizations. In the past few weeks, the “Making Waves for Seals” video also aired on 450 U.S.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Kerry Branon (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Fate of elephants hangs in balance at meeting of world nations

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Mon, 10/02/2006
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The CITES treaty came into force in 1975 amid growing concern over the human impact of unregulated trade in endangered species. Since then, CITES has recognized most elephant populations as critically endangered, and has strict prohibitions on the international trade in ivory. Pro-trade nations have tried to weaken the Convention, and to reframe it as a tool to advance trade rather than to protect dwindling populations of wildlife from exploitation and extinction.
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Lynn A. Levine (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW Names Winner of Innovative &#8220;Whale Song Remix Project&#8221;

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Fri, 09/29/2006
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As the Grand Prize Winner, Moellman will receive a 60GB video iPod, and will have his song featured in upcoming public service announcements about the growing whale slaughter around the world.

“At IFAW, we wanted to present these magnificent creatures in a unique environment to promote citizen action in the face of a new whaling offensive by Japan,” said Greg Wetstone, U.S. director of IFAW.
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Washington, D.C.
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&#8220;Want to end the cruelty, then end the hunt,&#8221; says IFAW of calls to ban hakapiks from Canadian seal hunt

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Fri, 09/15/2006
“If the Canadian government wants to end the cruelty of the seal hunt, then Prime Minister Harper should end it once and for all,” said Olivier Bonnet, Director of IFAW’s Canada office. “If they think there is no problem with shooting seals, they should take a look at our video footage.”
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IFAW has documented Canada’s commercial seal hunt since the late 1960s and its experts have witnessed first-hand the cruelty of both the hakapik and rifle hunting of seals.
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Ottawa, Canada
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Zambia hands down tough sentence to ivory dealer

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Fri, 09/08/2006
Ting Cheng-lung, was arrested on 8 August 2006 at Ndola Airport in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, while in possession of 13 pieces of raw ivory plus 106 pieces of carved ivory. The contraband ivory is estimated to be worth US$50,000.
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IFAW wildlife experts have been watching the case, hopeful that a tough sentence would be handed down to send a strong signal to elephant poachers and illegal ivory dealers.
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Lusaka, Zambia
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IFAW Launches Web&#8217;s First Animal Rescue Blog

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Thu, 08/17/2006
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The Animal Rescue Blog (www.animalrescueblog.org) will bring readers into the trenches of on- the-ground animal rescue efforts in disaster affected areas such as Lebanon and Israel, Indonesia and India.
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