First phase of seal hunt a bust as single boat leaves port

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Sun, 03/28/2010

The vessel is reportedly heading to the Northern Gulf – the only area where seals have been observed in the Gulf – to kill the few animals that have managed to survive what has been a disastrous year for harp seal pups.

“After spending the past week watching the few tenacious seal pup survivors clinging to life, it is heartbreaking to realize that they may now be killed,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW. “On the other hand, I am encouraged that only one boat has decided to go seal killing so far this year.”

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Climate change catastrophe: worst ice year on record leads to harp seals’ demise

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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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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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Animal groups pledge $1.1M dollars for long-term animal relief efforts in Haiti

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Thu, 03/04/2010
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“Our goal is to reach millions of animals in need and have a long-lasting impact for the people of Haiti,” said Ian Robinson, IFAW’s Director of Emergency Relief. “Cooperating as a group of NGOs gives us a unique opportunity to address public and animal health concerns, across the entire country.”

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Help for animals arrives in Haiti

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“The condition of these animals before the earthquake was not good, so we can’t just simply put things back as they were,” said Ian Robinson, IFAW’s Director of Emergency Relief. “We need to deliver immediate relief to animals and to develop long-term plans for a lasting good.”

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As Olympics are set to begin, Canada goes for gold in annual seal clubbing event

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Three out of every four grey seal pups born this year have been marked for death. 

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Will the Year of the Tiger be good for the tiger?

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“Wild tigers once numbered around 100,000 across Asia, today there are fewer than 3,500,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, IFAW’s Asia Regional Director. “Tigers face threats from loss of habitat and prey. But the greatest threat to wild tigers is poaching to supply an illegal trade driven by the demand for tiger parts and products.”

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IFAW, WSPA, and other groups band together to help animals in Haiti

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Fri, 01/15/2010

On January 12, a 7.0 earthquake – the largest in 200 years – rocked the small island nation, reducing buildings to rubble, and demolishing the capital, Port-au-Prince. Tens of thousands of people are feared dead and countries such as the United States have pledged troops and aid to the Caribbean nation. The international response to the devastation has been the largest outpouring of support since Asia’s 2004 tsunami.

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Yarmouth Port, Mass
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IFAW condemns Canadian WTO Challenge on EU ban of seal products

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Mon, 11/02/2009

“Apparently the sky’s the limit when it comes to bailing out special interests like commercial seal clubbing.  Canadian politicians seem to have no problem spending $10 million in tax payer dollars in a desperate attempt to save a dying $1 million industry” said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher with the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Statistics from a Department of Fisheries and Oceans report shows that the landed value of the 2009 seal hunt was the lowest in recent memory.

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Yarmouth Port, USA
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Battered and Bruised – Abused Elephants

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Fri, 10/30/2009
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The elephants were confiscated in April 2009 after an inspection by the Zimbabwe National Society for the Protection of Cruelty against Animals (ZNSPCA) found cruel and torturous methods were being used to “tame and train” them for the elephant back safari industry – a popular tourist activity in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in southern Africa.

The ZNSPCA requested IFAW to step in and assist in translocating the elephants to a safe haven with a view to rehabilitating the elephants and releasing them back into the wild.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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