Kentucky bans exotic pets

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Wed, 06/15/2005
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Kentucky’s regulation prohibits pet ownership of dangerous animals such as elephants, lions, bears, tigers, rhinos, leopards and certain primates. People who currently own these animals will be allowed to keep them as pets but are prohibited from breeding them or obtaining new ones. The ban does not apply to circuses or zoos.
 
There are an estimated 10,000 tigers being kept as pets in the United States alone, more than twice the number left in the wild worldwide. There is no federal law that prohibits owning a tiger or lion as a pet.
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A tiger at the Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio, Texas. An estimated 10,000 tigers are currently being kept as pets in the U.S.

Leading conservationists sound alarm over whaling

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Thu, 06/09/2005
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According to widespread media reports and government sources, Japan will shortly announce plans to double its “scientific” whaling in protected waters around Antarctica and to add two new protected species, fin and humpback whales, to its target list. Japan’s proposal has sparked criticism from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and other concerned governments in recent weeks.
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IFAW Urges China to Say No to Japanese Whaling

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Tue, 06/14/2005
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Japan threatens to break the 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling set up by the IWC. Senior Japanese official Yoshimasa Hayashi told AFP in Washington recently "We are running out of patience after waiting for 20 years," Media reports reveal that Japan proposes to double the quota of whales killed disguise as “scientific research, expand whaling to include other species of whales and conduct whaling in internationally established whale sanctuaries.
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Iceland urged to abandon whaling

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Wed, 05/25/2005
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The British, French and German governments also issued a message which strongly criticised the Marine Research Institute’s proposals for 39 minke whales to be taken this year.

IFAW condemned the recommendation as cruel, unnecessary and economically unsustainable and called on Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries to abandon the practice. It is also concerned by proposals to take a further 100 whales next year.

Iceland resumed whaling two years ago on the grounds of scientific research.

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IFAW: Canada enacts law to punish polluters and protect wildlife

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Thu, 05/19/2005
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An IFAW-led coalition, including World Wildlife Fund, Nature Canada, Birds Studies Canada and the Sierra Club of Canada, campaigned in favor of the new legislation.  "The broad spectrum of support on this bill is something seldom seen in Canadian politics" said Kim Elmslie.  " IFAW would like to applaud Environment Minister Stephane Dion and conservative Environment Critic Bob Mills for their unwavering support of C-15."

Bill C-15 in its current form will allow the Canadian government to effectively enforce the Migratory Birds Convention

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An oiled murre found on a beach near Cape St Mary's Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland. Every year the illegal and deliberate dumping of oil from ships kills 300,000 seabirds off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

Japanese whaling—a threat to whale recovery

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Fri, 05/20/2005
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However, the plans are powerless to stop Japanese whaling—one of the most serious threats to whale recovery.

“It is all well and good for Australia to attempt to put her own house in order but there are other governments that are determined to tear the house down brick by brick,” said Darren Kindleysides, of IFAW Asia Pacific.

Japan currently kills up to 440 minke whales in the Antarctic for so-called ‘scientific’ purposes.  Reports indicate that Japan intends to increase this catch to more than 800 minke whales and add two further

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IFAW collaborates with Spanish and Moroccan conservationists on Atlantic monk seal study

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Wed, 05/04/2005
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During the month of May, IFAW’s Song of the Whale team will be working to assist the Action Plan for the Recovery of the Atlantic monk seal, which is part of the Bonn Convention;  In collaboration with Spanish conservationists from CBD-Habitat Fundacion, the Institute National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH) of Morocco, and Dakhla based NGO, Nature Initiative, the international team onboard Song of the Whale will conduct surveys to find out if the ‘critically endangered’ eastern Atlantic monk seal inhabits the coastline northwards from the Mauritanian border
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IFAW.org receives top international award for web sites

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Wed, 05/04/2005
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“We appreciate the recognition and encourage new users to visit ifaw.org to learn how to create a better world for animals and people,” said A.J. Cady, IFAW’s Director of Online Campaigns and Marketing.

IFAW will be honored alongside Al Gore at the Ninth Annual Webby Awards at Gotham Hall in New York City on June 6.

IFAW uses Kintera’s online marketing tools to campaign for animal welfare in 17 countries and 11 languages worldwide.

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IFAW applauds Arkansas ban on private ownership of lions, tigers and bears

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Thu, 04/21/2005
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“We applaud the Arkansas legislators who voted to pass this bill and particularly House Representative Phillip Jackson who originally introduced it, for their wisdom and foresight in protecting the public by prohibiting people from owning dangerous, wild and exotic animals,” said Josephine Martell, IFAW Campaign Officer.

Across the United States, legislators have come to recognize that private ownership of dangerous exotic animals is a national public safety threat.

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Canada kills 250,000 seal pups in annual hunt

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Thu, 04/21/2005
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The government sanctioned commercial hunt for seal pups opened in the Gulf of St Lawrence on 29 March 2005 and closed on 2 April 2005 resulting in the deaths of approximately 100,000 seal pups. On 15 April the hunt then moved on to the “Front” off the coast of Newfoundland where it continues with an estimated 150,000 harp seals already slaughtered.

Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt is the largest marine mammal hunt in the world.

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A sealer skins harp seals on a table set up on an ice floe, during the first day of the annual baby seal hunt in Canada. Canadian government has set a quota allowing 319,500 seal pups to be killed this year -- one of the largest quotas in the last 50 years.