IFAW helps dogs after volcano forces evacuation of Indonesian villages

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Mt. Merapi, a 2,965-meter-high volcano, has threatened eruption since May 13 and has spewed sulfur and heat clouds into the sky. On June 16, a 700-degree Celsius heat cloud struck nearby villages and spread ash across areas of Yogyakarta and Central Java – forcing scores of people to evacuate their homes. Mt. Merapi last erupted in 1994 killing at least 66 people. An eruption in 1930 killed 1,370 people.
 
The threatening volcano has forced nearby residents into refugee camps.
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IFAW Stands With Greenpeace as Activists are Arrested at International Whaling Meeting

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The demonstration came on the last day of the 58th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) taking place June 16-20 at the Marriott Resort in St. Kitts. Just yesterday, the IWC passed a resolution by consensus stating that, “the Commission and Contracting Governments support the right to legitimate and peaceful forms of protest and demonstration.” St.
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Growth of Pacific Islands Whale Watching Industry Cited at Meeting of International Whaling Commission

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Mon, 06/19/2006
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The preliminary findings show that the region’s whale watching activities have increased 45% for the period 1998-2005, with a total of 109,540 whale watchers in 2005 alone. The report also found that the Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Guam experienced the strongest annual average growth rates; and that new whale watching operations have emerged recently in Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa & Solomon Islands.

Australia’s Minister for the Environment and Heritage, the Hon.

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Row over “St. Kitts and Nevis Declaration” Erupts at International Whaling Commission Meeting

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Despite having gained 33 votes in favor, 32 votes against, and 1 abstention, the status of this declaration within the IWC is as yet unclear, with a number of governments challenging the validity of the vote. In addition to challenging the voting process, many countries were also immediate to disassociate themselves with, or confirm their opposition to, the declaration including the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Germany, France, Mexico, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Monaco, Italy, Argentina, and Belgium.
 
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Deadly Elephant Safari Tourism Under Fire

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Fri, 03/10/2006
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The man’s death – the second of an elephant handler/trainer in South Africa in less than eight months – reportedly occurred when the elephant attacked him while he was trying to herd it back to a main group of animals.

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) and its partner organisation, the Ethical Conservation Network (ECN), have accused the elephant safari tourism industry of exploiting elephants for profit at the expense of human safety and animal welfare concerns.
 
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IFAW brings Whale Trail to Cape and Islands

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Tue, 03/07/2006
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“We hope these inspiring works of art will help encourage an appreciation of whales, which are some of nature's greatest masterpieces,” said Patrick Ramage, IFAW’s Director of Communications.

The whales will be unveiled on May 22 at The Four Points Sheraton in Hyannis and displayed publicly through September. The final Whale Trail event will be an auction held on September 23. Proceeds from auctioned whales will be split between non-profits and artists.

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DFO puts harp seals in jeopardy, study finds

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Thu, 02/16/2006
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Scientists with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Russell Leaper and Justin Matthews, conducted the study, entitled An Investigation of the effects of uncertainty on Canadian harp seal management. The authors assessed the federal government’s methods for determining population size and trends for Northwest Atlantic harp seals, as well as their approach for setting hunting quotas.

“The risk to the seal population is alarmingly high.

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IFAW Wins Improved Conditions for Australian Elephants

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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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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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EP stands up for animals “trapped by bad science”

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Thu, 11/17/2005
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Today’s decision follows the October vote in the Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, which had turned down the Directive proposed by the Commission considering it “very unsatisfactory” and describing it “difficult to improve by means of amendments.”

The main reason for the rejection of the proposal related to the lack of a scientific base for the suggested standards.

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