International whale watching conference to be held in Tokyo

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Fri, 12/10/2010

Around 15 representatives of the country’s whale and dolphin watching associations will be at the meeting convened by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) at the UN University in Tokyo, along with representatives from the only other two countries still whaling for commercial purposes – Iceland and Norway, as well as delegates from the Caribbean and elsewhere.

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London
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Rare Falcons Confiscated at Moscow Airport

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Mon, 11/22/2010
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The birds – called gyrfalcons – were discovered in two cartons being loaded with luggage into the hold of a plane bound for the Middle East. They were swaddled in cloth, hooded, and packed four to a box. The woman who checked the cartons as luggage was removed from the plane and detained. She has been released pending a court appearance.

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Moscow, Russia
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Third tiger killed as tiger summit closes in St. Petersburg

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Wed, 11/24/2010

The incidents highlight two of the major threats to tigers including poaching and conflict with people, as governments from tiger range countries meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia finalized a new global plan to save the species from extinction.

Tiger populations have plummeted by 97% percent during the past century and as few as 3,000 wild tigers survive in a few scattered pockets of habitat in Asia.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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China’s ‘art ambassador’ makes summit plea to save tigers

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Sun, 11/21/2010

The summit, which is hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has brought together heads of state and ministers from 13 tiger range countries. This crucial event for the future survival of wild tigers also marks the first time that the attention of governments has been focused at such a high level on a single endangered species.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Nancy Barr (IFAW-Headquarters)
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IFAW rescues tigers from Texas

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Mon, 11/08/2010

Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn, WAO, the Wild Animal Orphanage decided to close their doors. Working together with the USDA, the Texas State Attorney General's Office Charitable Trust Division, and IFAW, the WAO Board signed a resolution to dissolve the sanctuary within sixty days by relocating their 300 animals to other facilities.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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IFAW Celebrates Implementation of EU Ban on Seal Products

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Thu, 08/19/2010
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The EU seal product ban is perhaps the largest single victory in IFAW’s 40 year campaign to end commercial seal hunting. “We are absolutely delighted with this legislation,” said Lesley O’Donnell, director of IFAW EU. “It is the culmination of years of hard work and we will continue our efforts until cruel commercial seal hunting ends once and for all.”

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Brussels, Belgium
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Adrian Hiel (IFAW, European Union)
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411 Critically Endangered Tortoises Saved from Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Fri, 10/22/2010

After several months of waiting, 411 critically endangered tortoises will return to their home country of Madagascar. The radiated (Astrochelys radiata), spider (Pyxis arachnoides) and angulated (Astrochelys yniphora) tortoises were illegally removed from their natural habitat and were en route for sale in public markets in China when they were intercepted by customs officials at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in July. These rare tortoises sell for thousands of dollars each as exotic pets.

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Reims, France
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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, (IFAW, France)
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Condemnation of Namibia’s Commercial Seal Hunt as EU Prepares for Seal Ban

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Thu, 07/15/2010
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“Namibia cannot provide a reasonable scientific justification for its annual seal hunt,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa. “It is not even commercially viable as the price of pelts has dropped year by year and more and more countries are banning the sale of seal products.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Adrian Hiel (IFAW, EU)
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Governments will crack down on poaching, wildlife trafficking to save tigers from extinction

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Fri, 07/16/2010
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Tigers have experienced a 97 percent decline in population since 1900, when 100,000 roamed the earth. As few as 3,000 wild tigers survive today.

In a global assessment of transnational organized crime, including wildlife trade, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime reported last month that tigers are on the verge of being poached into extinction in the wild. Fueled by an international black market in tiger body parts, poaching threatens to eliminate 5 percent of the remaining wild tiger population each year.

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IFAW, NSALA Save Unwanted Dogs from Canada “Dog Shoot”

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Tue, 07/27/2010
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IFAW’s Northern Dogs Project team was in a remote Canadian community providing vital veterinary care and humane education when concerned community members alerted IFAW’s team that due to concerns about the number of roaming dogs, unwanted dogs would soon be rounded up and shot. In many remote communities without access to regular veterinary care, this is often considered the only means of controlling the dog population.

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