First section of Canada’s commercial seal hunt closes – over 17,200 seals killed in just over two days

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Observers with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) have just returned after witnessing the slaughter of harp seal pups during this year’s commercial seal hunt.

“We witnessed today a classic example of the cruelty associated with this hunt. An injured, bleeding seal escaped into the water before a sealer could get to it. The sealer tried to pull the seal out by the hind flippers but it slipped underwater anyway,” said Cheryl Jacobson, hunt observer with IFAW.

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Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
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No market for pelts overshadows expanded seal hunt quota

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Wed, 04/08/2009
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“Of course we are pleased,” said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). “If market conditions ultimately lead to the demise of this inhumane slaughter, that’s fine by us.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Kim Cormack (IFAW, Canada-Communications Officer)
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IFAW animal rescue underway in quake-ravaged Italy

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Fri, 04/17/2009
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“One of the immediate challenges faced at this time is with displaced pets that need food in the tent cities,” said IFAW veterinarian Anand Ramanathan. “Another urgent problem is locating livestock in the mountains, especially cattle which need to be milked periodically. If we don’t reach these animals in time, the result could be mastitis or other dangerous infections.”

Immediately after the quake hit, a 24-hour Veterinary Emergency Hotline was set up and IZS began treating injured animals.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Michael Booth (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW enforcement training prompts unprecedented wildlife seizure in Caribbean, 1000+ animals confiscated

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Fri, 05/01/2009
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On Saturday, the accused parties reportedly received information that two men had arrived on the beach in a boat stacked to the brim with protected wildlife species from Venezuela. The officers then went to the beach and robbed the men at gunpoint.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Colleen Cullen (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Canada&#8217;s 2009 commercial seal hunt opens today &#8211; the world watches as 280,000 baby seals are set to die

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Mon, 03/23/2009
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Canada’s commercial seal hunt is the largest hunt for marine mammals in the world. Sealers are allowed to kill 280,000 harp seal pups this year, provided they have begun to molt their white coats, which occurs when the animals are about two weeks old.

“It’s preposterous that the Canadian government insists on moving forward with this hunt.” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW.

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Charlottetown, Canada
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Katie McConnell (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW receives Charity Accreditation Seal by Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

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Mon, 03/09/2009

Since 2003, the Charity Seal has been given to non-profits that meet the BBB’s strict Standards for Charity Accountability. The seal not only provides the public with a trusted symbol that IFAW adheres to the Alliance’s comprehensive standards, but also offers donors a trusted accountability tool to encourage greater confidence in giving. Only national charities that meet the BBB’s high standards are eligible for the seal.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass.
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Chris Cutter
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Canadian Senator introduces groundbreaking legislation to end the commercial seal hunt

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Tue, 03/03/2009
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“This is truly a historic moment – a moment that marks the beginning of the inevitable end to Canada’s commercial seal hunt,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW. “Senator Harb has shown incredible leadership&nbsp;and courage&nbsp;by speaking out on behalf of the majority of Canadians on this issue.”

The bill is an amendment to the Fisheries Act and would prohibit the commercial hunting of seals in Canadian waters, while protecting the rights of aboriginal peoples to hunt seals.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Katie McConnell (IFAW, Headquarters)
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U.S. Plan to Expand Whaling Released

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Mon, 02/02/2009
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"The plan released today is a bad deal for whales and international efforts to protect them" said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale Program Director.&nbsp; "It would lift the commercial whaling moratorium; give new rights to the Government of Japan to kill protected whales, and permit illegal, high-seas whaling to continue.&nbsp; Rather than compromising hard-won conservation measures and finding ways for whaling to expand, the IWC and its member governments should be negotiating the terms under which Japan, Norway and Iceland will end their commercial whali

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Yarmouth Port, MA - USA
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Chris Cutter (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Iceland urged to rethink ill-advised and damaging whaling policy

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Wed, 02/18/2009
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Outgoing Fisheries and Agriculture Minister, Einar K Gudfinnsson, recently granted commercial whaling quotas of up to 150 endangered fin whales and 100 minke whales a year for the next five years. Iceland’s new Fisheries Minister, Steingrimur J Sigfusson, today announced these catch allowances would remain for one year instead of five, and despite only a limited domestic market for minke whales and no domestic market for fin whales.

IFAW opposes whaling because it is cruel, unnecessary and unsustainable.

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London
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Jake Levenson (IFAW Headquarters)
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European seal import ban a step closer after crucial EU vote

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Mon, 03/02/2009
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MEPs from the IMCO (Internal Market and Consumer Protection) Committee, today voted overwhelmingly in favor of a ban on the trade in seal products without any derogations, and with the only exemption for products from traditional Inuit seal hunts.

The 25:7 majority vote defeats plans for a proposed labeling system put forward by the IMCO rapporteur, UK Liberal MEP Diana Wallis.

IFAW opposes Canada’s commercial seal hunt because it is cruel and unnecessary, with more than a quarter of a million seals clubbed or shot each year primarily so their fur can be used by

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Brussels, Belgium
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Barbara Slee (IFAW, UE Political Officer)
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