U.S. Bans Importation of Polar Bear Trophies from Canada

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Tue, 05/20/2008
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“Closing the trophy hunting loophole removes an unnecessary threat to the polar bear’s survival,” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW D.C. Office Director. “While we still have a long way to go, today’s decision is a step in the right direction.”
 
Polar bears have been protected since 1972 under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and cannot be trophy hunted in Alaska, the only U.S. state where they are found.
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IFAW Sends Relief Supplies to Earthquake Epicenter

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Sun, 05/25/2008
“The disaster has brought tremendous sufferings to millions of lives,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, IFAW’s Asia Regional Director. “We express our deepest sympathy to the victims of the earthquake.
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Beijing, China
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Jeff He (IFAW, China)
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Volcano eruption in Chile spells danger for animals

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Thu, 05/15/2008
According to media reports, farmers left behind about 40,000 head of livestock, and officials expressed fear that many of them could die. Local animal welfare groups are greatly concerned for thousands of companion and farm animals that have been left chained or abandoned with no food or water.
 
Nine days after the eruption of the giant volcano, the Chilean government has opened the access to the impacted area and will allow for animal rescues to take place in 30-minute intervals, a protocol aimed to ensure the safety of the rescue groups.
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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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Animals in Myanmar Need Help

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Fri, 05/09/2008
“We are monitoring the situation as best we can but it is critical that IFAW get a team on the ground to assess the affect of the disaster on animals,” said Fred O’Regan, CEO of IFAW. “The sooner the better. When animals with lowered immune systems crowd together on high ground, in wet conditions, outbreaks of endemic diseases such as Foot and Mouth become a grave concern.”
 
IFAW has offered Myanmar veterinarians and resources to help animals affected by the devastation.
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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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Nearly three tons of ivory torched in Japan

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Thu, 04/24/2008
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The initial confiscation of the ivory took place in August 2006, and represents the largest ivory seizure ever in Japan. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry indicates that the contraband was destroyed last month.
 
According to Michael Wamithi, Program Director for IFAW’s global elephants campaign, “IFAW is pleased that Japan did the right thing here. Destruction of the ivory is the only way to ensure the ivory will not end up filtered back into the marketplace. However, this is not where Japan’s responsibility ends.
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Tokyo, Japan
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Colleen Cullen (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Senate committee passes legislation that would help protect endangered North atlantic Right Whales

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Thu, 04/24/2008
Introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), the Ship Strike Reduction Act of 2008 would order the Secretary of Commerce to finalize federal regulations enforcing speed limits on ships, regulations that were first proposed in February 2007 and already delayed for over a year.
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Newborn bear cub killing to be legalized

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Thu, 03/27/2008
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First, it may seem that the new Rules are meant to protect bear cubs. This is a complete illusion, however.
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Newborn bear cub killing to be legalized

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Thu, 03/27/2008
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First, it may seem that the new Rules are meant to protect bear cubs. This is a complete illusion, however.
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Nearly one ton of ivory seized in Guangxi, China, largest ever in region

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Tue, 03/25/2008
“The pictures indicate that the ivory is most likely from African elephants, as you can see by the shape and the length. Also, the estimated monetary value of the ivory is a clear indication of the lure this trade presents for criminal syndicates globally,” comments Michael Wamithi, the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) global Elephants Program Director.
 
This seizure marks the largest amount of ivory ever confiscated in the Guangxi province of China, neighboring with Vietnam.
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Rhino and elephants returned to wild in India, protected land increased

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Mon, 02/25/2008
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The animals, which were hand-raised at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) in Kaziranga National Park, were translocated yesterday, by truck, 450 kilometers to Manas National Park. Manas National Park is a World Heritage site in northeast India which has seen wildlife populations decline dramatically in recent decades. IFAW and WTI have been working together for several years to restore the park’s ecosystem, including increasing the populations of endangered animals.
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