IFAW launches "Will Only Words Remain?" campaign during Tiger Day celebrations in Russia

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Fri, 09/23/2011

“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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Vervet monkey “witch” burned to death in South Africa

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Thu, 06/02/2011

The killing of the monkey made headlines on newspapers and news websites throughout South Africa yesterday, attracting a barrage of angry comments from readers as well as the attention of the international media.

Cora Bailey, of Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) and companion animal advisor for International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org), was called to rescue the monkey by a concerned local resident after local police officials did not respond to his call for help.

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India announces increase in wild tiger population at opening of summit follow-up meeting

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Mon, 03/28/2011

India is home to more than half the world’s wild tiger population, which totals as few as 3,000 individuals in 13 range countries in east and southeast Asia.

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Rescued wild tiger alive and well

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Tue, 01/18/2011

In March 2010, the adult male tiger strayed into a house on a tea estate and attacked three people, killing two of them. The tiger, found hiding in a store room, was tranquilised and captured by IFAW-WTI vets assisting the Assam Forest Department

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Chinese market for seal products: IFAW uncovers 18-year history of empty promises

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Mon, 01/17/2011

”The sealing industry last week admitted there is still a long way to go to promote seal meat in China,” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, ”but Canadian politicians have been promising that China will save the dying sealing industry since at least 1993, so this seems like a bit of a pipe dream. The Chinese -- and the majority of Canadians – haven’t ever consumed seal products, it’s not part of their diet.”

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IFAW calls for global tiger conservation plan with teeth

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Thu, 11/18/2010

“Poaching fueled by black market trade is the single greatest threat to tigers,” said Fred O’Regan, IFAW president and CEO. “Unless governments put teeth into existing bans and crack down on tiger trade, we can wave goodbye to one of the world’s most magnificent species.”

Wild tiger populations have plummeted by 97% in the past century. In 1900, about 100,000 roamed throughout Asia. As few as 3,000 wild tigers survive today.

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Tiger summit opens with call for action from world's children

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Mon, 11/22/2010

In whispers, shouts, roars and emotional pleas broadcast on a large video screen, children from tiger range countries in Asia, including Russia, India, China and Indonesia, were joined by youngsters from the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East in calling on participants in the International Tiger Forum to take a stand, make a commitment and “Save the tigers!”

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Rare tiger killed by poachers in Siberia

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Tue, 11/16/2010

The Khasan rangers arrested four suspected poachers, who were intercepted with the dead tiger, described as a healthy, five-year-old male. One of the hunters was wounded by the tiger and is hospitalized; the other three were turned over to police for interrogation. If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of USD $20,000.

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EU Seal Ban comes into full effect

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Thu, 10/28/2010

“We are pleased that the court has made the right decision and lifted the suspension. This ban is about the right of Europeans to say ‘No’ to products that stem from cruel and unnecessary hunts. IFAW will continue to work to defend this right and to defend the EU seal ban,” said Lesley O’Donnell, IFAW’s EU Director.

The EU ban is significant in that it prohibits the trade in products from all commercial seal hunts, including those in Canada, Namibia, and Norway, while protecting sealing by Inuit and other indigenous peoples.

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Leonardo DiCaprio inspires new generation of conservationists during Animal Action Week

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Tue, 10/05/2010
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This year’s theme, Born to be Wild, highlights the alarming plight of tigers, which are on the brink of extinction in the wild. Habitat loss and poaching have reduced worldwide wild tiger populations from about 100,000 in 1900 to as few as 3,000 today.

“Tigers are dangerously close to vanishing forever,” said Mr. DiCaprio, an IFAW Honorary Board Member. “If we don’t want our children to grow up in a world where tigers are extinct, the time for action is now.”  

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