Epic Elephant Rescue Begins in Malawi

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Sun, 06/07/2009
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“A group of nine elephants, including three young calves, have been successfully darted and tranquilised and are en route from Phirilongwe, just south of Lake Malawi to Majete Wildlife Reserve,” Jason Bell-Leask, IFAW Director Southern Africa said.

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Iceland urged to call off slaughter of endangered whales

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Thu, 06/18/2009
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IFAW opposes whaling because it is unacceptably cruel – there is no humane way to kill a whale and research has shown that whales shot with explosive harpoons can take more than half an hour to die.

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Extraordinary victory for seals: Russia bans the hunt for all harp seals less than one year of age

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Wed, 03/18/2009
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“The bloody seal slaughter, the killing of the defenseless animals, which can’t be even called a ‘hunt,’ is now prohibited in Russia as it is in most developed countries. It is a serious step towards the conservation of biodiversity in Russia,” stated Minister Trutnev.

“We are overwhelmingly pleased that the Russian government has finally completed its pledge to protect harp seals,” remarked Masha Vorontsova, Director of IFAW Russia.

Russian opposition to the harp seal hunt has grown considerably in the last year.

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Rare Birds Confiscated in Russia

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Thu, 03/19/2009
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At the moment all 6 birds are alive and receiving veterinary care. The birds were discovered packed tightly in a cardboard box and in very poor condition. Only 1 of 6 birds has begun to eat on its own while the rest depend on force-feeds to survive.

As few as 2,000 Gyrfalcons remain in the wild in Russia. Their main habitat is above the Polar Circle, from the Kola Peninsula to Chukotka. Smugglers target female falcons due to their larger size, superior hunting skills, and higher prices. The demand for Gyrfalcons threatens the population with extinction.

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29 Elephant Tusks Seized in Northern Kenya

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Wed, 05/06/2009
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The operation, which involved Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers, Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust (NWCT) scouts, and the local administration, began with the arrest of two Kenyan Somali poachers and one from the local community. An estimated eight other poachers escaped.  

“Some of the tusks appear to have been sawed off from the elephants,” said Titus Letaapo of NWCT.

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Whaling Commission harpoons science in favour of political compromise

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Wed, 03/11/2009
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For several years, the 84-nation intergovernmental Commission has elaborated a detailed scientific procedure (Revised Management Procedure) to ensure all catch limits for any future commercial whaling would be within sustainable limits calculated using tested scientific procedures. 

After an intersessional meeting in Rome, the IWC agreed to shortcut the scientific process and authorise a Small Working Group of member countries to continue developing a package deal of proposals for a resumption of commercial whaling, relying instead on ad-hoc catch limits set for

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Small victory for seals: Russia moves towards banning baby seal hunt

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Fri, 02/27/2009
The announcement of this new accord between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MPR) and the State Fisheries Committee came just one day after Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin said “[this] is such a bloody hunt, and it is clear that it should have been banned a long time ago.”

This news was cautiously applauded by IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare), which has been campaigning to put an end to the Russian seal hunt since 1995.

“The agreement to ban the killing of all baby seals less than one year of age is an importan

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Wildlife Fire Survivors not Forgotten

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Tue, 02/17/2009
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The number of animals being brought in for treatment has risen dramatically over the past few days as survivors emerge from the fire zones in search of food and water.  Many have terrible burns, dehydration and wounds from fleeing the fires.  Search and rescue operations are also being conducted as previously unsafe areas are being opened up.   With so many animals being brought in for treatment the team has converted an old footy shed into an intensive care unit.

“Many local residents are bringing animals to us for treatment; ther

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Scientists Make Urgent Plea to Save Critically Endangered Western Gray Whales

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Wed, 02/18/2009
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The warning was issued in a report by the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP), a scientific expert committee convened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to study the impacts of oil and gas projects on the whales.[1] Remaining Western Gray Whales, numbering only around 130, feed in the summer almost exclusively adjacent to new oil and gas projects offshore northeast Sakhalin Island.

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Poachers kill five elephants in Kenya’s most critical elephant habitat

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Tue, 02/24/2009
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Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers arrested two suspected poachers and one middleman from their hideout in the park, and recovered two AK-47 rifles and 38 rounds of ammunition. The middleman had already sold off the tusks to other dealers in the illegal ivory trade network.

“Since the one-off ivory sales from southern Africa countries late last year, we have noted an unprecedented rise of elephant poaching incidents in Tsavo,” says Jonathan Kirui, Tsavo Assistant Director.

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