Wildlife Groups Commend the United States for Seeking to Halt Polar Bear Trade

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Fri, 10/16/2009

“On May 8, 2009, Sec. Salazar said that he and President Obama were fully committed to protecting polar bears, and that we must do everything we can to eliminate all threats to the species,” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW Washington, D.C. Office Director. “With this laudable action, they are making good on that commitment. By uplisting the species at the next CITES conference, the U.S. will help prevent the deaths of hundreds of polar bears killed needlessly for the commercial market.”

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WASHINGTON
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Iceland urged to abandon slaughter as 26 countries condemn its whaling

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Fri, 10/02/2009
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), called on the Icelandic government to heed the international criticism and support responsible whale watching as a humane and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling.

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London
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China dog cull looms, owners urged to kill pets

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Wed, 09/09/2009
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Residents with dogs over one foot in height or with those which are considered to be “dangerous breeds” are being asked to kill their own dogs by September 10th. If these animals are not killed, police will then form dog-beating squads, combing the district and killing all such dogs. Owners will then be fined for the killing.

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Nations meet to discuss elephants as poaching crisis intensifies

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Mon, 07/13/2009
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According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW- www.ifaw.org) representative at the meeting, EU Campaigns Director Peter Pueschel, “This meeting presented us with the perfect opportunity to discuss the way forward for elephant conservation initiatives. However, instead of engaging on how we can address the continued slaughter of this highly endangered species, we are hearing from Zambia about plans to push for more trade.”

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Brussels, Belgium
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IFAW rushes animal rescue teams to Taiwan following Typhoon Morakot

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Mon, 08/17/2009
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IFAW is responding to a cry for help by local groups currently working to save animals affected by the storm. Reports indicate that at least 10 animal shelters were damaged, leaving more than 1,000 dogs trapped by floods and more than 100 dogs drowned or missing.

“We need to move quickly,” said IFAW’s Dick Green, “Our fear is that more dogs will die if the shelters do not quickly receive relief supplies and help rebuild the shelters.”

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Yarmouth Port, Mass.
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Mission accomplished - 83 elephants safely rescued

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Mon, 07/06/2009
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The elephants moved (by) with the assistance of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) to save them from persecution by local villagers trying to protect their crops and livelihoods from the animals.

"This is a victory for both elephants and people - they have been engaged in a battle that has seen elephants cruelly wounded and killed, and many local people killed as well," said Jason Bell-Leask, Director Southern Africa for IFAW.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Iceland Whalers Kill Two Endangered Fin Whales

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Fri, 06/19/2009
IFAW opposes whaling because it is unacceptably cruel – there is no humane way to kill a whale and research has shown that whales shot with explosive harpoons can take more than half an hour to die.

Opinion polling and independent economic research in Iceland has revealed little or no appetite for whale meat, while responsible whale watching, by contrast, is financially lucrative and one of Iceland’s biggest tourist draws.

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Epic rescue to save endangered elephants in Malawi

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Thu, 06/04/2009
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) has partnered with the government of Malawi to rescue animals and people from fierce human-elephant conflict in the Phirilongwe area, just south of Lake Malawi.

“Some elephants have had their trunks amputated by snares set by local villagers, while others are suffering from wounds caused by bullets, arrows and nail-embedded planks as well as poisoning.” said Jason Bell-Leask, IFAW Director Southern Africa.

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Epic Elephant Rescue Begins in Malawi

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Sun, 06/07/2009
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“A group of nine elephants, including three young calves, have been successfully darted and tranquilised and are en route from Phirilongwe, just south of Lake Malawi to Majete Wildlife Reserve,” Jason Bell-Leask, IFAW Director Southern Africa said.

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Iceland urged to call off slaughter of endangered whales

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Thu, 06/18/2009
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IFAW opposes whaling because it is unacceptably cruel – there is no humane way to kill a whale and research has shown that whales shot with explosive harpoons can take more than half an hour to die.

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