IFAW Condemns Cruel and Unnecessary Namibia Seal Cull

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Mon, 07/17/2006
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“It is high time Namibia stopped culling Cape Fur seals,” said Jason Bell-Leask, IFAW Director Southern Africa.
 
The Namibian Government justifies its annual seal hunt by claiming that the seal population poses a threat to the local fishing industry.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius (IFAW, Southern Africa)
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Cape Air and IFAW Launch Whale of a Plane

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Wed, 07/26/2006
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“This is our fifth painted plane,” said Cape Air President Dan Wolf. “We love taking art off the walls and into the skies and having IFAW as a partner this time around along with Jürek’s artistry in his depiction of the humpback whales, makes it a total winner.”

Cape Air and IFAW commissioned famed airbrush artist Jürek to paint the plane to bring whale protection to the public eye.
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Hyannis, MA
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Kerry Branon (IFAW, Headquarters)
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From left, artist Jurek Zamoyski, Cape Air President, Dan Wolf, and Fred O'Regan, President of IFAW are photographed after Wolf and O'Regan arrived in the newest addition to Cape Air's "Art in Flight" series at the official unveiling of the plane at the Cape Air hangar in Hyannis, MA.

Innovative Whale Song Remix Contest

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Tue, 05/16/2006
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Sample whale mixes available at www.stopwhaling.org/community.
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Washington, D.C.
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Andi Murray
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Mexico Bans Imports and Exports of Primates and Marine Mammals

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Mon, 02/06/2006
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“It is a historic victory for endangered primates and marine mammals, for environmental groups and for the general public,” said Beatriz Bugeda, Director of IFAW Latin America. “This decision is critical to conservation policy in Mexico, which was seriously eroded by environmental authorities in recent years.”

In 2003, the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) illegally authorized the importation of 28 dolphins from the Solomon Islands to Mexican-based commercial dolphinariums.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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Joaquín de la Torre Ponce (IFAW, Latin América)
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Global protection for South Africa’s southern waters

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Mon, 03/27/2006
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Meeting in London this week the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), a regulatory body of the International Marine Organisation (IMO), approved a 1,500 kilometre long, 35 to 135 nautical miles wide length of coastline, a “Special Area” in need of enhanced protection.

More than 25 countries from North America, Africa, South America, Europe,South-East Asia and the Caribbean as well as Russia overwhelmingly voiced their support for the proposal and subsequent approval.

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London, United Kingdom
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Christina Pretorius (IFAW, Southern Africa)
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Zoos admit ‘optimal’ care for elephants not the priority

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Thu, 10/20/2005
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This admission was made during closing remarks yesterday by Senior Counsel for the zoos, Dr John Griffiths, when Administrative Appeals Tribunal President the Honourable Justice Downes asked him to explain why the elephants (intended for importation into Australia from Thailand) were not destined for Western Plains Zoo (NSW) or Werribee Zoo (VIC).

This followed startling testimony given earlier in the hearing when, Gary Miller, Elephant Manager for the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales, said if it was his decision he would have imported the elephants to Dubbo not Taron

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Sydney, Australia
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Cameroon Seeks to Reclaim Gorillas from South Africa

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Thu, 10/13/2005
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The four young Western Lowland gorillas were illegally captured in Cameroon and sent to the Taiping Zoo in Malaysia in 2002 using forged documentation.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Christina Pretorius (IFAW, Southern Africa)
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IFAW Moves Katrina Animals From Rita’s Path

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Thu, 09/22/2005
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The Hurricane Katrina animals have hopscotched across the state of Louisiana; this is their third relocation in three weeks. After their initial rescue from the floods of New Orleans, they were brought to a temporary shelter in Gonzales, then moved to Lake Charles and are now on their way to Shreveport, LA.

“IFAW is committed to doing all we can to help these animals, not only for their own sake, but on behalf of their owners who have lost everything,” said IFAW’s A.J. Cady.

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Yarmouth Port MA
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Chris Cutter (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Dogs like this one could be relocated for the third time since Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. IFAW is working around the clock to assist these animals and keep them out of Hurricane Rita's path.

IFAW Helps Move Hurricane Animals to California Shelters

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Fri, 09/16/2005
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IFAW teams continue daily animal rescue missions searching for animals that have been reported missing or abandoned. Missing pet data continues to be compiled from concerned pet owners. (IFAW Missing Pet Database -- www.ifaw.org/us/missingpets.)

Once rescued form the floodwaters, IFAW transports the animals to the official triage shelter in Gonzales, LA where they receive urgent health care as necessary. The facility currently houses nearly 2,000 rescued animals including horses, dogs, cats, and others.

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Baton Rouge, LA
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Scores of pets rescued from homes in New Orleans

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Thu, 09/08/2005
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IFAW’s team, working with Code-3 Associates, is currently searching a list of more than 300 addresses where animals are reported to be stranded. The animals rescued from homes are evacuated to a triage facility in nearby Gonzales, Louisiana for veterinary care. Some animals are expected then to move to the Houston SPCA, where an IFAW team is assisting at emergency shelters for incoming animals.

To date more than 3,500 requests have been fielded, by rescuers, from people looking for lost pets.

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Gonzalez, LA
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