Japan’s Commercial Whaling Proposal Rejected by IWC

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Tue, 06/21/2005
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“The whales won this one,” said Dr.
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Humpback whales like this one may be safer as a result of the IWC's decision to reject Japan's commercial whaling proposal.

Kentucky bans exotic pets

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Wed, 06/15/2005
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Kentucky’s regulation prohibits pet ownership of dangerous animals such as elephants, lions, bears, tigers, rhinos, leopards and certain primates. People who currently own these animals will be allowed to keep them as pets but are prohibited from breeding them or obtaining new ones. The ban does not apply to circuses or zoos.
 
There are an estimated 10,000 tigers being kept as pets in the United States alone, more than twice the number left in the wild worldwide. There is no federal law that prohibits owning a tiger or lion as a pet.
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A tiger at the Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio, Texas. An estimated 10,000 tigers are currently being kept as pets in the U.S.

Leading conservationists sound alarm over whaling

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Thu, 06/09/2005
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According to widespread media reports and government sources, Japan will shortly announce plans to double its “scientific” whaling in protected waters around Antarctica and to add two new protected species, fin and humpback whales, to its target list. Japan’s proposal has sparked criticism from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and other concerned governments in recent weeks.
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Whale watchers view a diving humpback whale off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Iceland urged to abandon whaling

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Wed, 05/25/2005
The British, French and German governments also issued a message which strongly criticised the Marine Research Institute’s proposals for 39 minke whales to be taken this year.

IFAW condemned the recommendation as cruel, unnecessary and economically unsustainable and called on Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries to abandon the practice. It is also concerned by proposals to take a further 100 whales next year.

Iceland resumed whaling two years ago on the grounds of scientific research.

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Since August 2003, 62 minke whales have been killed in Iceland's coastal waters.

IFAW: Canada enacts law to punish polluters and protect wildlife

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Thu, 05/19/2005
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An IFAW-led coalition, including World Wildlife Fund, Nature Canada, Birds Studies Canada and the Sierra Club of Canada, campaigned in favor of the new legislation.  "The broad spectrum of support on this bill is something seldom seen in Canadian politics" said Kim Elmslie.  " IFAW would like to applaud Environment Minister Stephane Dion and conservative Environment Critic Bob Mills for their unwavering support of C-15."

Bill C-15 in its current form will allow the Canadian government to effectively enforce the Migratory Birds Convention

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An oiled murre found on a beach near Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland. Every year the illegal and deliberate dumping of oil from ships kills 300,000 seabirds off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

IFAW.org receives top international award for web sites

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Wed, 05/04/2005
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“We appreciate the recognition and encourage new users to visit ifaw.org to learn how to create a better world for animals and people,” said A.J. Cady, IFAW’s Director of Online Campaigns and Marketing.

IFAW will be honored alongside Al Gore at the Ninth Annual Webby Awards at Gotham Hall in New York City on June 6.

IFAW uses Kintera’s online marketing tools to campaign for animal welfare in 17 countries and 11 languages worldwide.

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Canada kills 250,000 seal pups in annual hunt

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Thu, 04/21/2005
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The government sanctioned commercial hunt for seal pups opened in the Gulf of St Lawrence on 29 March 2005 and closed on 2 April 2005 resulting in the deaths of approximately 100,000 seal pups. On 15 April the hunt then moved on to the “Front” off the coast of Newfoundland where it continues with an estimated 150,000 harp seals already slaughtered.

Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt is the largest marine mammal hunt in the world.

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A sealer skins harp seals on a table set up on an ice floe, during the first day of the annual baby seal hunt in Canada. Canadian government has set a quota allowing 319,500 seal pups to be killed this year -- one of the largest quotas in the last 50 years.

IFAW applauds Arkansas ban on private ownership of lions, tigers and bears

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Thu, 04/21/2005
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“We applaud the Arkansas legislators who voted to pass this bill and particularly House Representative Phillip Jackson who originally introduced it, for their wisdom and foresight in protecting the public by prohibiting people from owning dangerous, wild and exotic animals,” said Josephine Martell, IFAW Campaign Officer.

Across the United States, legislators have come to recognize that private ownership of dangerous exotic animals is a national public safety threat.

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One of the New Jersey tigers IFAW and WAO rescued in November 2003.

IFAW to South African Government: Return gorillas to Cameroon

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Thu, 04/14/2005
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An IFAW team yesterday freely gained access to the still-under-construction gorilla enclosure at the Pretoria Zoo and was able to view and photograph the young animals.

“In our opinion the gorillas are in fact already on public display witnessed by the fact that we photographed foreign tourists taking pictures of the animals unsupervised in the indoor enclosure of the new facility,” said Christina Pretorius, IFAW Southern Africa Communications Manager.

IFAW said today marks the first anniversary of the gorilla’s arrival in South Africa on 14 April 2005

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Canada kicks off annual hunt for baby seals

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Tue, 03/29/2005
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“Many people mistakenly think Canada stopped hunting baby seals decades ago,” said Fred O’Regan, IFAW’s president and CEO. “But the size of Canada’s modern, commercial hunt is bigger now than it has been in 50 years.”

Each spring the entire Northwest Atlantic harp seal population migrates to the East Coast of Newfoundland to mate, give birth and nurse their young. In one of nature’s great wildlife spectacles, thousands of seals are born on the pristine ice floes off eastern Canada in early March.

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A seal hunter clubbing a seal on the ice floes off the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the 2004 hunt. 319,500 seals are expected to be killed in this year's hunt, which begins today.