IFAW Welcomes Enhanced Protection for Ontario’s Wolves

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Thu, 03/10/2005
“This decision marks the first crucial first step in ensuring long-term protection for Ontario's threatened wolf population,” said IFAW Canada spokesperson Rob Sinclair.

IFAW also welcomes an extended ban on the use of wire neck snares.  Snares do not kill wolves quickly or painlessly.  Protected species and domestic pets have also fallen victim to them.

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One of nature’s great wonders: Annual birth of seal pups off coast of Eastern Canada

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Tue, 03/08/2005
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Each winter, the entire northwest Atlantic harp seal population migrates to the east coast of Canada to give birth and mate. Unfortunately, the window for enjoying this spectacular phenomenon is short. Canadians will begin hunting hundreds of thousands of the baby seals in just a few weeks.

“The harp seal migration is one of the earth's last great wildlife spectacles," IFAW President Fred O'Regan said.

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A baby harp seal born on the pristine ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The annual baby seal hunt will begin in about 2 weeks.

IFAW calls on Senate to Pass Bill C-15

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Wed, 03/02/2005
Bill C-15, which passed third reading in the House of Commons in December and is now being reviewed by Senate.  The Bill seeks tougher penalties for the owners and crew of ships who illegally dispose of their oil at sea instead of in port and includes a minimum fine of $500,000.  The highest fine ever dealt for this offence in Canada was $ 125,000.  In the U.S.
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Zoos refuse to provide answers

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Tue, 03/01/2005
Despite repeated requests and an application made under the Freedom of Information Act, the zoos have refused to reveal to the NGOs the answers they gave to the Australian Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) in response to questions about their permit application.

"We simply cannot understand why the zoos will not provide us with the information we have asked for-if it answers all the questions asked by the Government then why not share it with the community?" said Rebecca Brand of IFAW Asia Pacific.

"Surely it is in the best interests of all inv

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IFAW helps remove lions, tigers and leopards from private owners in Nevada

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Tue, 03/01/2005
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“Keeping lions and tigers as pets is a growing phenomenon that is causing a huge public safety and animal welfare issue,” said IFAW’s Josephine Martell, “It’s a bad idea for animals and people.”

The number of Americans keeping tigers and other big cats as pets continues to grow. IFAW estimates that there are 10,000 tigers being kept as pets in the U.S., double the amount left living in the wild in the entire world. Since 1990, tigers have killed 11 people and injured 60 others.

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IFAW: Dutch officials seize illegal elephant parts

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Tue, 02/22/2005
Marcel Bertsch, of IFAW’s Dutch office, said: "While we applaud this seizure, it demonstrates that the illegal trade in elephant parts in Europe is rife and is having a devastating impact on vulnerable elephant populations in Africa and Asia. It also serves as a grave reminder that demand for elephant products is not limited to ivory.
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IFAW celebrates start of UK hunt ban

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Fri, 02/18/2005
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IFAW has campaigned relentlessly for this ban since 1989, arguing that hunting with dogs is both cruel and unnecessary and cannot be made humane by any amount of regulation. Its two full-time hunt monitors have gathered vital evidence of cruelty and malpractice by hunts.
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IFAW Donates Heating System to Beijing Animal Shelter

Publication Date: 
Tue, 02/01/2005
According to Center Director Ms. Zhang Lvping the center has accepted nearly a thousand homeless dogs and cats since its founding five years ago. At present, around 500 animals are still living there. Many of the animals – all abandoned – are old, weak, sick or disabled. Since 1999 IFAW has donated more than $170,000 (US) to assist with building improvements, medical care and daily expenses.

IFAW China country Director, Dr.

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IFAW investigation concludes that pollution is destroying China's world famous Swan Lake

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Fri, 01/28/2005
IFAW’s investigation concluded that Swan Lake is polluted and needs better management to protect animals and their habitats.

Dr. Quanhui Sun, an ornithologist with IFAW, conducted independent anatomy analysis of the dead birds and concluded: “ The dead specimens were all young and strong but died of sudden diseases.

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IFAW launches rabies vaccination program in tsunami disaster area of Sri Lanka

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Tue, 01/25/2005
The twenty-person team from IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) hopes to vaccinate more than 2,000 at risk dogs along 30 miles of coast stretching south from the city of Galle, which is one of the areas most devastated by the tragedy. More than 38,000 people are known to have died in Sri Lanka.

“It is crucial to vaccinate as many dogs as possible, because without this program a major outbreak of rabies is a serious human health risk,” said veterinarian Dr.

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