IFAW Celebrates Implementation of EU Ban on Seal Products

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Thu, 08/19/2010
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The EU seal product ban is perhaps the largest single victory in IFAW’s 40 year campaign to end commercial seal hunting. “We are absolutely delighted with this legislation,” said Lesley O’Donnell, director of IFAW EU. “It is the culmination of years of hard work and we will continue our efforts until cruel commercial seal hunting ends once and for all.”

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Brussels, Belgium
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Adrian Hiel (IFAW, European Union)
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411 Critically Endangered Tortoises Saved from Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Fri, 10/22/2010

After several months of waiting, 411 critically endangered tortoises will return to their home country of Madagascar. The radiated (Astrochelys radiata), spider (Pyxis arachnoides) and angulated (Astrochelys yniphora) tortoises were illegally removed from their natural habitat and were en route for sale in public markets in China when they were intercepted by customs officials at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in July. These rare tortoises sell for thousands of dollars each as exotic pets.

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Reims, France
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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, (IFAW, France)
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Condemnation of Namibia’s Commercial Seal Hunt as EU Prepares for Seal Ban

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Thu, 07/15/2010
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“Namibia cannot provide a reasonable scientific justification for its annual seal hunt,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa. “It is not even commercially viable as the price of pelts has dropped year by year and more and more countries are banning the sale of seal products.

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Governments will crack down on poaching, wildlife trafficking to save tigers from extinction

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Fri, 07/16/2010
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Tigers have experienced a 97 percent decline in population since 1900, when 100,000 roamed the earth. As few as 3,000 wild tigers survive today.

In a global assessment of transnational organized crime, including wildlife trade, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime reported last month that tigers are on the verge of being poached into extinction in the wild. Fueled by an international black market in tiger body parts, poaching threatens to eliminate 5 percent of the remaining wild tiger population each year.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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IFAW, NSALA Save Unwanted Dogs from Canada “Dog Shoot”

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Tue, 07/27/2010
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IFAW’s Northern Dogs Project team was in a remote Canadian community providing vital veterinary care and humane education when concerned community members alerted IFAW’s team that due to concerns about the number of roaming dogs, unwanted dogs would soon be rounded up and shot. In many remote communities without access to regular veterinary care, this is often considered the only means of controlling the dog population.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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US Gulf Coast wildlife face devastating impact from oil slick

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Tue, 05/04/2010

The April 20 explosion of the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig has reportedly spewed around 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf.

“In an incident like this, coastal birds will be among the hardest hit. There are millions of birds at risk as the US Gulf coast is not only home to many resident species, but also a regular refuge for many birds migrating north,” said Dr. Ian Robinson, IFAW Emergency Relief Director.

Some well-known species at risk include terns, herons, egrets, gannets, ducks and Louisiana’s state bird, the Brown pelican.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass.
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Chris Cutter (IFAW- U.S.)
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IFAW asks: Who is paying for the seal pelts in Canada?

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Thu, 04/22/2010
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Last month, Canadian Sealers Association representative Frank Pinhorn stated that many seal skin processors had inventory going back several years. Last week, media reported that a sole buyer in Newfoundland, NuTan Furs, would purchase fewer than 15,000 skins this year.  The single boat that set out from the Magdalen Islands last month to hunt seals for meat admitted that it was forced to dump pelts overboard due to the lack of sealskin markets.

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Brussels, Belgium
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Sheryl Fink (IFAW, Canada)
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Climate change catastrophe: worst ice year on record leads to harp seals’ demise

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Wed, 03/24/2010
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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) reports that the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which is the annual birthing ground of hundreds of thousands of harp seals, is essentially devoid of both ice and seals.

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Charlottetown, Canada
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Sealers take aim at last surviving harp seal pups as Newfoundland seal hunt opens

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Thu, 04/08/2010

Twenty-three sealing vessels from Newfoundland and Labrador have hailed out in search of concentrations of seal pups on whatever ice is still available.

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Newfoundland, Canada
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Senator John Kerry Introduces Legislation to Protect Whales

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Mon, 03/15/2010
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“Whales are in a sea of trouble, and we must do all we can to mitigate threats to the species and its habitat,” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW DC Office Director. “We applaud Senator Kerry’s leadership in championing this legislation and hope his colleagues follow suit.”  

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