China’s ‘art ambassador’ makes summit plea to save tigers

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Sun, 11/21/2010

The summit, which is hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has brought together heads of state and ministers from 13 tiger range countries. This crucial event for the future survival of wild tigers also marks the first time that the attention of governments has been focused at such a high level on a single endangered species.

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IFAW rescues tigers from Texas

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Mon, 11/08/2010

Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn, WAO, the Wild Animal Orphanage decided to close their doors. Working together with the USDA, the Texas State Attorney General's Office Charitable Trust Division, and IFAW, the WAO Board signed a resolution to dissolve the sanctuary within sixty days by relocating their 300 animals to other facilities.

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

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

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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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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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Nation-wide poll shows Canadians continue to oppose seal hunt.

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Thu, 07/01/2010
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Among the findings of the nation-wide poll:

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IFAW team heads north to provide veterinary services to remote communities

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Tue, 05/11/2010

The lack of access to animal care services in northern communities has resulted in many dog-related issues such as dog overpopulation, disease and bites. These issues impact the health and safety of community members and can create negative attitudes towards dogs.  As a result, dog health and welfare are also affected.  In many communities without access to animal control services or shelters, dogs are shot to control their numbers, creating controversy both within these communities and beyond.  

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Guelph, Canada
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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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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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