Ivory trade galore: Elephants not yet seeing the benefits of trade suspension

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Mon, 10/22/2007
On October 11th, 93.9 kg (207 lbs) of elephant ivory was confiscated in Zambia. Again, on October 18th, 22 tusks were seized in Zimbabwe. On October 12th, a man in British Columbia was prosecuted for illegally importing 30,000 pieces of African elephant ivory.
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Colleen Cullen (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Federal Government protracts trade ban for seal products

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Thu, 10/18/2007
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Federal Minister Seehofer declared in March 2007 publicly that he wanted to implement a national trade ban speedily as a legislative procedure on an EU-level could take years. In a letter to IFAW in September 2007 though, Mr. Seehofer declared that the Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel now wants to wait for a European Commission’s expertise on the subject.

The EU Environmental Commissioner Dimas had himself recommended national bans to the EU member states.

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Hamburg, Germany
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Dörte von der Reith (IFAW, Germany)
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Solomon Islands export dolphins to Dubai

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Wed, 10/17/2007
“This export should not have taken place.  It undermines the good reputation that the Solomon Islands Government has built up since taking the decision to ban the export of live dolphins in 2005.  We implore the Government to reinstate that ban immediately for the sake of the Solomon Island’s precious marine wildlife and their standing on the international stage,” Mick McIntyre, Director of IFAW Asia Pacific, said.
 
Recent research by IFAW has shown that the diversity of both whale and dolphin species in waters of the Solomon Islands
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Solomon Islands, UAE
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Imogen Scott (IFAW, AU)
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02 9288 4922
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Latin American Organizations Gather in Chile to Strenghten Whale Protection

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Tue, 10/16/2007
More than twenty representatives of fifteen non government organizations (NGOs) from ten Latin American countries are meeting in Santiago de Chile from October 15th to the 18th in order to coordinate strategies with a view toward the 60th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which will be held in the capital of our country in June of 2008.
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Santiago, Chile
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Bárbara Galletti
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09 2205225 / 09 465 6886 / 08 180 43 77
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New penalties for poaching show Russia means business

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Thu, 10/11/2007
Russia has fewer than 450-500 Amur (also known as Siberian or Ussury) tigers in the wild, and no more than 35 Amur leopards. Historically, fines in Russia for killing a tiger or leopard in Russia have been hopelessly low - less than 2,000 rubles, or US$ 50 based on exchange rates from five years ago. The new penalty for poaching a tiger, for example, is US$ 20,000. Both of these rare species are killed by poachers to supply the international market.
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South Yarmouth, MA
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Lynn A. Levine (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Cape Cod Stranding Network Merges with IFAW

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Tue, 10/02/2007
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Under the proposed agreement, CCSN – including its employees, volunteers, and expertise – has  become part of IFAW. With a staff of five and a dedicated corps of more than 350 local volunteers, CCSN responds to 500-700 reports of stranded marine mammals each year.
 
“This is a merger that benefits both organizations,” said A.J. Cady, IFAW’s Director of Animals in Crisis and Distress.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Chris Cutter (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW upset about European Commission’s failure to deliver on an integrated Maritime Policy

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Wed, 10/10/2007
“Maximizing the sustainable use of the oceans and seas” is one of the key objectives of the EU Maritime Policy. “IFAW is particularly concerned that the expansion of economic activities at sea and/or in coastal areas as envisaged in the Action Plan will exponentially increase the level of pressure on cetaceans, other marine mammals and sensitive areas”, says Veronica Frank, Marine Campaigner at IFAW’s EU Office.
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Brussels, Belgium
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Günther Pauls (IFAW, EU)
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+32 (0)2 282 06 93
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Mexican Zoo Receives Aid After Hurricane Dean

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Fri, 09/07/2007
The IFAW Rescue Team was informed that the Payo Obispo Zoological Garden in Chetumal had been severely damaged, and headed there.
 
“We were surprised when we reached the zoo; trees were downed and there were branches everywhere. It was hard to find the roads between the cages, and many of them and the buildings where the animals were exhibited were damaged.
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Joaquín de la Torre Ponce (IFAW, Latin America)
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International Fund for Animal Welfare Names Jeffrey Flocken Director of Washington, D.C. Office

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Tue, 09/04/2007
Flocken comes to IFAW from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of International Conservation, where he was responsible for policy and outreach. He replaces Cindy Milburn, Senior Advisor, for IFAW’s international headquarters, who has been serving as acting director for the DC office.
 
“Jeff’s 13 years of experience with both legislative campaigns and conservation programs give him a breadth and depth of experience across campaigning, education, fundraising and management functions that will serve IFAW’s Washington D.C.
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Washington, D.C., United States
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Shawna Seldon (The Rosen Group)
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Penguins rescued from oil pollution in South America

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Wed, 07/25/2007
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The continuous stream of oil from accidental spills and the deliberate, illegal discharge of oil from ships have created a chronic oiling problem across South America and other parts in the world. Seabirds are especially vulnerable to oiling.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Michael Booth (IFAW, Headquarters)
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