IFAW Sends International Response Team to Rescue Some of the World's Rarest Wildlife from Oil Spill

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Mon, 01/22/2001
IFAW formed its specialist international oiled wildlife team, headed by Jay Holcomb of the International Bird Rescue Research Centre (IBRRC), to be a hands-on disaster unit prepared to travel immediately to assist countries and their conservation organisations when big spills occur. Holcomb, with 30 years experience in oil spills like the Exxon Valdez, heads a team whose members consist of on-the-ground workers who are world specialists in the rehabilitation of oiled wildlife.
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Elephant poaching in DRC and seizures in Vietnam show elephants imperiled by ivory trade

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Wed, 10/26/2011

These disturbing events come after seven months of record poaching incidents and seizures. IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare - www.ifaw.org) commends the authorities for arrests that have been made but warns that much more needs to be done to reduce the threat to elephants.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Adrian Hiel, (IFAW EU)
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Court Upholds Ban on Imports of Polar Bear Trophies

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Mon, 10/17/2011
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The decision issued today is an important step towards protecting and defending polar bears,” said Jeff Flocken, D.C. Office Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org). “There is no reward that comes with these trophies and we are glad the Court has recognized this.”

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Washington, D.C.
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Abby Berman (The Rosen Group)
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European Parliament calls for responsible dog management

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Fri, 10/14/2011

“IFAW is delighted with this achievement,” said Kate Nattrass Atema, IFAW’s Companion Animal Program Director. “IFAW was closely involved with the drafting of this Written Declaration and lobbied for its support because we believe it will lead to drastically improved welfare for the many of the estimated 120 million dogs and cats in the EU.”

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Brussels, Belgium
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Kate Nattrass Atema (IFAW- NL)
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IFAW Supports Trans-border Collaboration to Fight Wildlife Crime in Southeast Asia

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Tue, 10/11/2011

The meeting, which also addressed regional implementation of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, was hosted by the CITES Management Authority of China with the support of IFAW and other conservation organizations

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Beijing, China
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Jeff He (IFAW China)
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Leonardo DiCaprio joins IFAW in urging public action to shut down ivory trade

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Tue, 10/04/2011

DiCaprio serves as the global ambassador for the program, which highlights a different animal and conservation theme each year. This year’s theme is “Elephants, Never Forget,” and focuses on the crisis that elephants face 20 years after the international ivory trade ban was put in place.

While elephant populations started to recover following the ban, lax poaching oversight over the past several years has led to the prospect of extinction for the species in several African countries.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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IFAW launches ‘Will Only Words Remain?’ campaign during Tiger Day celebrations in Russia

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Fri, 09/23/2011
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“Tiger Day provides an opportunity for the Russian people to celebrate tigers and better understand their plight,” said Masha Vorontsova, Director of IFAW Russia. “This is also a good time to remind the Russian government that they must stay focused on their commitment to tiger conservation, or only words, not tigers, will remain.”   

The world’s wild tiger population has plummeted by 97% over the past century; as few as 3,000 survive in small pockets of scattered habitat in 13 Asian countries.

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Vladivostok
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Nancy Barr (IFAW-HQ)
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IFAW to attend seal hunt stakeholder meeting with Namibian Ombudsman

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Fri, 09/16/2011

“The annual herding and clubbing to death of still-nursing seal pups in Namibia has been criticized by veterinarians and scientists around the world” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program.  

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Michelle Cliffe (IFAW Canada)
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IFAW, Environment Canada and INTERPOL in Botswana at the Front Lines of the War on Wildlife Trafficking

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Mon, 08/29/2011

The dramatic need for the training was underlined earlier in the week when Tanzania, who sent two officers to the training, seized 1,041 elephant ivory tusks.

Canada is one of the leading countries which supports INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Program through a grant from Environment Canada.

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NGOs barred from discussion on future of ivory trade

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Wed, 08/17/2011

Acting of behalf of unnamed Asian countries, Kuwait requested that all members of civil society be removed from the room to allow for a closed-door discussion.

The agenda had called for a discussion on an ivory decision-making mechanism, on elephant management and conservation, and on poaching and illegal ivory trade. The mechanism is meant to become a means to facilitate the international sale of ivory.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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