Massive ivory seizure in China shows illegal ivory trade thriving

Publication Date: 
Tue, 04/19/2011

The confiscation comes just two weeks after Thailand customs officials found 247 elephant tusks concealed inside a consignment of frozen fish from Kenya.

IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) salutes the achievement of the Chinese authorities but warns that this is just one shipment in a staggering illegal trade which threatens the continued existence of elephants in some range states.

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IFAW documents unacceptable cruelty during 2011 seal hunt

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Wed, 04/13/2011

“We have ample evidence that the three-step process to ensure humane killing is not being followed.  Neither the test for unconsciousness, nor bleeding out to ensure death, is being conducted” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “As a consequence, we filmed the horror of a live seal pup being sliced down the belly while likely still conscious, and tossed ruthlessly in the bottom of a boat.

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Cornerbrook, Canada
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Michelle Cliffe (IFAW-CA)
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IFAW - Canada’s Sealhunt: Is it worth it?

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Mon, 04/11/2011

“It is day one of the commercial seal hunt on The Front and only 27 boats have gone out and sealers are being quoted in the news saying it’s not feasible to hunt seals.” said Sheryl Fink, Director of IFAW’s Seal Program, “If hunting seals is a market-driven industry as many people claim, then why isn’t the Canadian government listening to what the market is saying and why are millions of tax dollars being poured into it?”

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Newfoundland, Canada
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IFAW: Supporting the commercial seal hunt makes no economic sense

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Thu, 04/07/2011

IFAW questions why promises of federal support for Canada’s commercial seal hunt continue to increase, when cuts of $84.7 million to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and $31.9 million to the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are being proposed by the Conservatives.

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Toronto, Canada
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Climate change clobbers Canada’s commercial seal hunt

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Wed, 03/30/2011

IFAW is on the East Coast to document the commercial seal hunt and has found almost no ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and consequently very few seals. According to Environment Canada data, ice coverage has been below normal for the past 17 years, with 2010 and 2011 being two of the worst on record. 

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CHARLOTTETOWN, CANADA
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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
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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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New Delhi, India
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IFAW: Fisheries Minister sacrifices seals to win votes

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Fri, 03/25/2011

IFAW calls the increase of 70,000 seals irresponsible and shortsighted, noting that seal pups are being threatened by some of the worst ice conditions on record and that global demand for seal products remains low.

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Toronto, Canada
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IFAW trains Congolese wildlife authorities in war against elephant poaching in Odzala-Kokoua National Park

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Thu, 03/17/2011

Twenty five participants, including the park conservation officer and his three assistants, are being trained by two French instructors from the APB (Association for the Protection of the Biosphere) experts in anti-poaching strategy as part of an agreement between IFAW and the Ministry of Sustainable Development of Forest Economy and Environment of Congo.

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Reims
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Elephant poachers caught in Congo basin – two killed EU must step up efforts in elephant range states

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Thu, 03/17/2011

The lucrative nature of the illegal trade in ivory means that stakes are very high for both poachers and the rangers who protect the elephants. It is difficult to know the total cost in human and elephant lives but there is no doubt that thousands of elephants die every year from poaching as well as poachers, rangers and innocent bystanders.

The Chadian brigade for the protection of environment and anti-poaching seized AK-47s, horses and 15 ivory tusks from the poachers.

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EU needs to step up battle against wildlife trade as 40kg of ivory seized in Paris

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Fri, 03/11/2011

“Every year over thousands of elephants are poached for their ivory. What we are seeing in Paris is just a glimpse into one of the world’s largest illicit trades,” said Lesley O’Donnell IFAW’s EU Director.” It begins in Africa where organised militias and gangs poach elephants and sell on the ivory to fund their illegal activities and it leads to China, Japan, and indisputably, Europe.”

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