Elephant experts urge CITES to protect elephants

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Sun, 03/21/2010
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Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants, Conservation biologist, Dr Sam Wasser and elephant research specialist Dr Joyce Poole of ElephantVoices and the Amboseli Elephant Research Project, presented data on the precarious state of elephant populations in Zambia and Tanzania and the urgent need for ongoing protection of elephants.

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CITES toughens up on illegal wildlife trade online

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Sun, 03/21/2010
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“Trade over the Internet poses one of the greatest threats to wildlife and undermines the CITES treaty itself,” said IFAW’s Paul Todd. “It is a vast global network that provides the cover of relative anonymity for wildlife traffickers, making it a huge enforcement challenge for Parties.”

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Tigers hang onto protection by their claws

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Conservationists however, breathed a sigh of relief that Parties reaffirmed a decision from the previous CITES meeting that countries should not breed tigers for the trade of their parts and derivatives.

“We narrowly avoided making the Year of the Tiger into the Year of the dead tiger,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. “Illegal trade of tiger parts and products from farming operations are already stimulating demand for dead tigers which fuels poaching of wild tigers.”

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No trade for Tanzanian elephants

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Mon, 03/22/2010
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“Fighting to save these elephants paid off today with Parties taking note of the science demonstrating that Tanzanian elephants are still in peril,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa.

“Poaching of elephants and ivory seizures are escalating not decreasing – this decision is a victory for common sense.”

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Norwegian Sealers Fined for Animal Welfare Abuses

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Thu, 03/11/2010
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The fines were for a number of different offences including hooking seals without first ensuring that the seals were dead.

The fines themselves totaled 70 000 NOK (€8 700) for the ship’s owner and 30 000 NOK (€3 700) for the ship’s captain. The size of the fines was due to the fact that both the captain and owner had been fined in 2005 for similar offences.

The fines will likely be contested and the matter is expected to go to court.

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CITES advises rejection of Tanzanian elephant proposal

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Tue, 03/16/2010

“Parties need to apply their own rigorous evaluations of the Panel of Experts reports as neither proposal meets the biological criteria for downlisting,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa.  “Both populations have suffered significant declines over the past three decades and there is evidence to suggest that these populations are still recovering from intensive poaching in the 1980’s.”

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Plan to Legalize Whaling Considered During EU Year of Biodiversity

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Tue, 02/23/2010
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“Whales face mounting threats such as ship strikes and ocean noise, not to mention ‘scientific whaling’ and it is outrageous to even consider a proposal that would see them further endangered,” said IFAW EU Director Lesley O’Donnell. “EU member countries and the people of Europe have committed to a world free from whaling and should not be held to ransom by three countries that have stubbornly pursued this cruel slaughter.”

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Investigation finds EU Internet wildlife trade threatens endangered animals IFAW calls on EU to reign in wildlife e-commerce

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Fri, 03/05/2010
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“With our most recent investigations into internet wildlife trade, it is clear that the EU has an enormous crisis on its hands. Everyday thousands of endangered wildlife specimens are being traded throughout the EU, threatening the very survival of countless species. The EU must take steps to halt the rising tide of biodiversity loss by enforcing tough wildlife trade policies, and by completely banning elephant ivory products,” said IFAW EU Director Lesley O’Donnell.

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Norwegian sealers condemned for cruelty by government inspector

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Mon, 02/15/2010
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"Last year the European Parliament overwhelmingly backed a ban on the sale of seal products in the EU on the basis of clear evidence that this trade is inherently cruel,” said MEP Arlene McCarthy. “This new report yet again demonstrates the unnecessary suffering caused by the seal hunt. It is time for the last few countries that still conduct a commercial seal hunt to heed world opinion and the evidence of their own inspectors and bring this unacceptable practice to an end."

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More than 100 elephants a day slaughtered by poachers –

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Tue, 10/20/2009

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) is calling for urgent action to protect elephants. It urges the European Union and all CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Parties to stop supporting one-off ivory sales, legal ivory trade and elephant down-listing proposals.

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