IFAW Wins Improved Conditions for Australian Elephants

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Mon, 02/06/2006
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IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare), RSPCA Australia and Humane Society International (HSI) appealed the decision by the Environment Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, to approve the import permits for the elephants.

“While we would prefer the import permits were refused, our appeal has resulted in significant improvements for the elephants,” said IFAW’s Rebecca Brand.

“This result demonstrates the zoos plan did not meet the welfare needs of the animals and proves that our groups were right to challenge the decision,” said Jane Sp

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IFAW ER Team helps wildlife at Estonia oil spill

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Mon, 02/06/2006
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The oil spill reached shore on January 28 and has spread to affect more than 50 kilometers of coastline around Ristna, Estonia. To date, more than 2,000 dead birds have washed up on the beach. IFAW estimates an additional 10,000 seabirds are at risk from the spill. Most of the birds impacted are long tailed ducks and golden eye ducks, other species include mute swans and great crested grebes.
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Oiled goldeneye and long tailed ducks affected by the mystery spill in Estonia

New Regulations Limit Tiger Trade

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Tue, 01/31/2006
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“These draft regulations are a good first step, but only address public contact with dangerous animals at licensed wildlife sanctuaries. IFAW will be working to ensure animals and people are protected at every big cat facility across the country,” said IFAW’s Josephine Martell. “In addition, it is essential that the final rules add strict enforcement protocols and penalties not included in the draft.”

Before the passage of the CWSA, it was as simple and cheap to buy a tiger cub on the Internet as it was to buy a black lab pup.

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Direct contact between humans and dangerous animals, as shown in this picture, is common at many big cat facilities. IFAW is working to completely ban private ownership of big cats and other dangerous exotic pets.

IFAW China Educates Locals on Asian Elephant Protection

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Wed, 01/18/2006
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Xishuangbanna, the last remaining rainforest in China, is home to 200 Asian elephants. Unfortunately, human development including farming and deforestation is creating human-elephant conflict in the region.

“I know elephants have lived around us for many years. They sometimes come down and eat our crops. My mom told me they killed one of the villagers because he was trying to hurt them,” said the 24-year-old Hani girl, Sangfin.

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Children play elephant games at IFAW's festival. Thousands of participants learned about the threats to Asian elephants and solutions to human-elephant conflict.

Wetstone to lead IFAW U.S. expansion

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Mon, 01/09/2006
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IFAW currently has offices in 15 countries and an international headquarters in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. The appointment of Mr. Wetstone initiates the process of establishing a major new U.S. presence, including new IFAW offices planned for Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York and Miami.

Mr.

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Whales Killed by Japan in Protected Waters

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Fri, 01/06/2006
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The footage shows Japanese whalers using a high-powered harpoon to gun the minke whale down.  The harpoon embeds in the minke’s back, hooking the large whale, but failing to kill it. The whale is then reeled in and tethered to the side of the boat with the harpoon still embedded in it.
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Japanese whalers use high powered harpoons to kill a minke whale. Despite a global ban on commercial whaling, Japan is currently hunting 935 minke whales in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary.

Holiday Gifts for Animals and People

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Fri, 12/02/2005
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Simply go to www.animalgift.org and make a donation in someone’s name to one of five IFAW campaigns.
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Fifth Health camp for Captive Elephants at Sonpur

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Tue, 11/29/2005
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A three-member team from IFAW’s partner in India, the Wild Rescue Programme of Wildlife Trust of India, administered the health camps along with the Bihar Forest Department.

The 77 elephants receiving health checks is a significant rise in numbers over previous years.

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IFAW Thrilled by Canada&#8217;s Green Party Stand on Commercial Seal Hunt

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Fri, 12/02/2005
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Party leader Jim Harris yesterday stated in a release that, “This government-subsidized seal hunt is a chapter in our history that needs to come to a close.”
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“This is the first time in memory that the leader of a national party has spoken out against Canada's commercial seal hunt. This is historic,” said Olivier Bonnet, IFAW's Canadian Director.

Subsidies are key to supporting this cruel and wasteful hunt. Government-funded Coast Guard vessels smash pathways through the ice for sealers to gain access to the seals.

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IFAW&#8217;s Emergency Relief Team starts rescuing wildlife in Chile after Oil Spill

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Fri, 11/18/2005
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Following a request for help from Chile’s Antofagasta University an international team of experts from IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) with experience in oiled wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, arrived on the scene.

“We received the request of support through Dr. Carlos Guerra, Director of Wildlife Response of Antofagasta University”, said Beatriz Bugeda, Director of IFAW Latin America.

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IFAW ER team members Sergio Heredia and Jose Maria Barredo examine a pelican.