Manas no longer ‘in danger’ of losing World Heritage status

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Tue, 06/21/2011

Manas – a biodiversity hotspot that serves as a National Park, a Tiger Reserve and an Elephant Reserve, was listed as a World Heritage site in 1985. In 1992, amidst the civil unrest of the 1980s and 90s, Manas was declared ‘in danger’ of losing the World Heritage status.

The decision to remove the ‘in danger’ tag was announced during the on-going 35th Session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in Paris.

Manas was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to severe damages to the ecosystem during the civil unrest.

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IFAW: Cruel video from Canada’s 2011 seal hunt proves size doesn’t matter

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Wed, 06/08/2011

Fewer than 50 boats participated in the 2011 seal hunt, and only 38,000 seals have been reported killed with a landed value of under $750,000.  In spite of a smaller-scale hunt, the video evidence confirms that the Canadian government and the sealing industry continue to ignore concerns about inhumane killing raised by the European Union, and that the few existing regulations are impossible for authorities to enforce.

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MEPs show support for EU Seal Ban ahead of ratification of Canada - EU Trade Deal

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Wed, 06/08/2011

“Takes note of the recent legal developments regarding the EU's ban on seal products, in particular Canada’s request to the WTO for the establishment of a formal dispute resolution panel; and expresses its strong hope that Canada will withdraw the WTO challenge, which is counter to positive trade relations, prior to the need for ratification of the CETA agreement by the European Parliament.”
 

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Elephant Tourism under Fire as Trampled Handler Loses Leg

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Mon, 06/06/2011

On Saturday a handler at the Knysna Elephant Park, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, was attacked by a bull elephant leaving him with injuries so grievous that one of his legs had to be surgically amputated. In June 2005 the same elephant named “Harry” and described as the park’s “star attraction” attacked and killed a handler at the park.

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Vervet monkey “witch” burned to death in South Africa

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Thu, 06/02/2011
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The killing of the monkey made headlines on newspapers and news websites throughout South Africa yesterday, attracting a barrage of angry comments from readers as well as the attention of the international media.

Cora Bailey, of Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) and companion animal advisor for International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org), was called to rescue the monkey by a concerned local resident after local police officials did not respond to his call for help.

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Asia/Africa Range States Pledge Support for Elephants

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Tue, 05/24/2011

The signing of the “New Delhi E-8 Recommendation for Global Elephant Conservation” in India today is a welcome step by countries with hitherto very different approaches to elephant management to collaborate to ensure the adoption of pragmatic conservation strategies for the long-term protection of elephant populations in the wild.

The self-named “E-8” represents four African and four Asian countries with wild elephant populations – Botswana, Congo (Brazzaville), Indonesia, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.

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Iceland's fin whaler declares truce

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Tue, 05/10/2011

Robbie Marsland, IFAW’s UK Director and global Iceland whales campaign manager, said: “Faced with the enormous difficulty in trading with Japan, the only legally possible buyer; the fact that there is no market for fin whale meat in Iceland; the threat of sanctions from the US and an implacably anti-whaling EU; it looks like Mr Loftsson has finally recognised that there is no real point in continuing to kill fin whales. We hope he continues to leave them in peace.”

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Massive ivory seizure in China shows illegal ivory trade thriving

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Tue, 04/19/2011

The confiscation comes just two weeks after Thailand customs officials found 247 elephant tusks concealed inside a consignment of frozen fish from Kenya.

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) salutes the achievement of the Chinese authorities but warns that this is just one shipment in a staggering illegal trade which threatens the continued existence of elephants in some range states.

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IFAW documents unacceptable cruelty during 2011 seal hunt

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Wed, 04/13/2011

“We have ample evidence that the three-step process to ensure humane killing is not being followed.  Neither the test for unconsciousness, nor bleeding out to ensure death, is being conducted” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “As a consequence, we filmed the horror of a live seal pup being sliced down the belly while likely still conscious, and tossed ruthlessly in the bottom of a boat.

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IFAW - Canada’s Sealhunt: Is it worth it?

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Mon, 04/11/2011

“It is day one of the commercial seal hunt on The Front and only 27 boats have gone out and sealers are being quoted in the news saying it’s not feasible to hunt seals.” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “If hunting seals is a market-driven industry as many people claim, then why isn’t the Canadian government listening to what the market is saying and why are millions of tax dollars being poured into it?”

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