Leonardo DiCaprio kicks off IFAW’s Animal Action Week

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Mon, 10/06/2008

"The world's ocean and marine wildlife are one of our Earth's most valuable treasures, yet today they face more threats than ever before,” said Mr. DiCaprio, an Honorary IFAW Board Member. “It's our responsibility to protect this vital ecosystem and the animals that live there if we want to leave a better world for future generations."

“We are proud to join forces with Leonardo in our global mission to safeguard animals and the environment,” said Fred O’Regan, President of IFAW.

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New technology being developed to track fishing gear and save whales

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Mon, 07/21/2008
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“Two iconic species in our region face unprecedented threats: whales and commercial fishermen,” said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale Program Director.  “We hope the new technology developed through this initiative will benefit both.  All of us at IFAW are proud to be partnering with the fishing industry and government agencies to promote solutions that benefit animals and people.”
 
“Entanglements are rarely documented as they are occurring, so we need to gather other data to help us understand when, where and how they h
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Rapid response saves adult Gray Seal in Cape Cod

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Wed, 07/23/2008
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The adult male seal was entangled in approximately 40 lbs of heavy netting of unidentified origin that trailed seven feet down the length of the animal. The team was able to attach a line to the entangling gear and bring the animal to shore for an examination and disentanglement.
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Penguin stranding mystery in Brazil prompts rescue attempt

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Thu, 08/07/2008
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‘This event appears to be a natural occurrence and has been seen 2 or 3 times in the last 20 years, resulting in the death of thousands of birds. What really took us by surprise this time is the huge increase in numbers’, said Valeria Ruoppolo of IFAW. 

The Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile and migrate north as far as Southwest Brazil between March and September.

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Protected Humpbacks Recovering, But Whales Worldwide Face Growing Threats

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Tue, 08/12/2008
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“This is a huge win for humpback whales and all those who have worked for more than four decades to protect them,” said Patrick Ramage, Global Whale Program Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org).  “Ending commercial whaling was one of the most important conservation victories of the 20th century.
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CITES Standing Committee releases ivory to China - world’s largest illegal market

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Wed, 07/16/2008
Significant amounts of ivory in these stocks to be exported from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, have been collected through culling, which is defined as killing as a means to address population control, and also natural deaths.
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Canadians speak out on the commercial seal hunt: Not with our money!

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Mon, 07/14/2008
"The Canadian public is saying enough is enough." said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher for IFAW.
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Whaling Meeting Closes-Future Uncertain For Whales and Commission

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Fri, 06/27/2008
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 “The Commission is trying to chart a course for the future while ignoring ongoing whaling by just three member countries,” said Patrick Ramage, IFAW Global Whale Program Director. “Whale conservation measures were put on ice at this meeting.  If Japan, Norway and Iceland are serious about compromise, they should prove it by suspending their ongoing whaling.”

This week’s meeting focused mainly on the future of the commission, with only brief flashes of conflict between pro-whaling and conservation-minded countries.

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Olympic travelers urged to Think Twice and avoid wildlife souvenirs

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Mon, 07/07/2008
IFAW staff visiting markets in Beijing have discovered many souvenirs made from rare wild animals, including ivory carvings, musical instruments covered in reptile skin and traditional Chinese medicines containing endangered species.  These were found in tourist and curio markets and IFAW is concerned that unwitting tourists may be buying these items as a memento of their holiday, unaware that this trade is pushing endangered animals to the brink of extinction.
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African Elephant Coalition roots for conservation, not ivory trade

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Tue, 06/24/2008
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In  a communiqué read by Mali delegate, Alpha Maiga, the range states also opposed a recommendation by the CITES Secretariat designating China as an Ivory trade partner and resolved to make a formal communication before the CITES Standing Committee Meeting 57 scheduled set for July 2008 in Geneva.  Consideration for further trade and trading partners, they also resolved, should only be made after the one-off sale approved at CoP 14 has taken place and the effects of that sale are documented and understood.
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