“Unnatural Disasters: The Impacts of Climate-related Emergencies on Wildlife, Livestock, and Companion Animals”

Publication Date: 
Mon, 12/07/2009
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“The detrimental consequences of climate change for both human communities and animal populations around the globe are profound,” said Mayumi Sakoh, legislative assistant, IFAW and lead author of the report. “By inflicting additional pressures on the already stressed environment, climate change is causing an increase in climate-related natural disasters and irrevocable damage to the planet’s bionetworks. We must be equipped to mitigate the immediate impacts of these catastrophic events on both people and the animals upon which we rely.”

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Washington, D.C.
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Abby Berman (The Rosen Group)
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More than 100 elephants a day slaughtered by poachers –

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Tue, 10/20/2009
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) is calling for urgent action to protect elephants. It urges the European Union and all CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Parties to stop supporting one-off ivory sales, legal ivory trade and elephant down-listing proposals.

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James Kinney, (IFAW-HQ)
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(508) 744-2013
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Leonardo DiCaprio kicks off IFAW's Animal Action Week (October 4-10, 2009)

Publication Date: 
Sun, 10/04/2009

IFAW encourages teachers and children across the globe to engage with nature during Animal Action Week, which takes place annually during early October. The week marks the launch of an international educational program with a different animal welfare and conservation theme each year.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Chris Cutter (IFAW-HQ)
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IFAW deploys animal rescue team to the Philippines

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Wed, 09/30/2009
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IFAW received a request for assistance this morning from the Philippines-based Animal Welfare Coalition which is working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture. The rescue team is out the door and will be arriving in the city within the next 24 hours.

“We need to move quickly,” said IFAW’s Disaster Relief Manager, Dick Green. “IFAW’s priority is to help mitigate the magnitude of the disaster for the affected people of Manila by giving attention to their animals which, in many cases, are all these people have left.”

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Philippines
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Colleen Cullen (IFAW Headquarters)
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(508) 744-2236
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Import cat and dog fur? Canadian government says yes.

Publication Date: 
Thu, 09/24/2009
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“It is absolutely appalling that Canada’s government remains willing to engage in the trade of cat and dog fur simply to protect the cruel and unnecessary seal slaughter” said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org).

The revelation is especially surprising in light of the fact that Prime Minister Harper and his wife are known cat lovers who support and participate in the Ottawa Humane Society’s Foster Program.

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Guelph, Ontario
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Sheryl Fink (IFAW - Canada)
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IFAW workshop in Guyana targets illegal wildlife trade

Publication Date: 
Mon, 06/01/2009
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This is the third wildlife law enforcement training being held by IFAW in the region since 2007. The trainings cover implementation and enforcement of international wildlife law, interagency cooperation, intelligence techniques, species identification, management of physical and forensic evidence, and the care and transport of confiscated animals.

The wider Caribbean is rich in biodiversity and home to many commercially important species such as parrots, macaws, snakes and amphibians. However, the illegal and unsustainable trade in wildlife presents a major threat.

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Georgetown, Guyana
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Colleen Cullen (IFAW, Headquarters)
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+1 508 744 2236
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IFAW to help animals affected by record floods in North Dakota

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Fri, 03/27/2009
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The Red River in Fargo broke a 112-year-old record by climbing past 40.33 feet, the highest the river has ever been measured. The latest reports expect the river to crest at 43.5 feet for 5 days. The city’s main dike has been fortified to 43 feet, though the cold weather has frozen sandbags and made it difficult.

IFAW is looking at an initial sheltering effort of up to 5,000 animals, primarily pets. The animals are in Fargo but the sheltering sites are a significant distance to the west.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Chris Cutter
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Canadian government sanctions the slaughter of 280,000 harp seal pups – but where will the pelts go?

Publication Date: 
Fri, 03/20/2009
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“This quota is outrageous,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW. “With the current state of fur markets, there’s no place for pelts to go, even at reduced prices, yet the Canadian government has no problem allowing 280,000 seals to die even if it means the pelts will likely sit in a warehouse for the foreseeable future.”

Recent economic evaluations have indicated that the market for seal fur is saturated, causing prices to drop by almost half.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Katie McConnell (IFAW)
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IFAW receives Charity Accreditation Seal by Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Publication Date: 
Mon, 03/09/2009
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Since 2003, the Charity Seal has been given to non-profits that meet the BBB’s strict Standards for Charity Accountability. The seal not only provides the public with a trusted symbol that IFAW adheres to the Alliance’s comprehensive standards, but also offers donors a trusted accountability tool to encourage greater confidence in giving. Only national charities that meet the BBB’s high standards are eligible for the seal.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass.
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Gorilla, missing in action: New take on iconic advert drums home serious conservation message

Publication Date: 
Wed, 12/17/2008
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The viral is being released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to draw attention to the perils faced by many wild animals – including tigers, elephants, whales, turtles and gorillas - and to promote IFAW's work to protect these and other threatened species from extinction.

Rosa Argent, IFAW Communications Manager said: "This is a simple yet powerful take on a hugely popular advert.

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London, United Kingdom
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