New Report Shows Sharp Declines in Populations of Wild Cats and Dogs

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Mon, 07/26/2010

Eighty percent of all wild cat species are experiencing population declines, as are 25 percent of wild canids - the family of foxes, wolves and wild dogs. The report looks beyond the raw numbers and delves into the plight of 15 of these species that are considered ecologically vital, detailing their current numbers in the wild, changes to the population in the last ten years, and conservation solutions for improving their status.

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Controversial whaling proposal fails at global meeting

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Wed, 06/23/2010
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“Under a cloud of corruption allegations the IWC is taking a safe course, opting for a cooling off period that protects the moratorium and other IWC conservation measures,”  said Patrick Ramage, Director of IFAW’s Global Whale Campaign. “Had it been done here, this deal would have lived in infamy.”

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Condemnation of Namibia&#8217;s Commercial Seal Hunt

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Thu, 07/15/2010
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“Namibia cannot provide a reasonable scientific justification for its annual seal hunt,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa (IFAW – www.ifaw.org).

“It is not even commercially viable as the price of pelts has dropped year by year and more and more countries are banning the sale of seal products – most significantly the European Union which, in May 2009, voted overwhelmingly to forbid the sale of seal products,” he said. That ban goes into effect next month.

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World to legalize whaling this week?

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Mon, 06/21/2010
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The most important International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in decades begins today in Agadir, Morocco as the 88-member governments which comprise the IWC consider a controversial proposal to legalize whaling.

The proposal, three years in the making, would:

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&#8220;Sickening&#8221; Sable Island Seal Slaughter Plans Revealed

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Thu, 05/27/2010

“The scenario being outlined is sickening” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW. “They are literally considering storming the beaches of Sable Island at dawn, slaughtering nursing seal pups by shooting them in the head with rifles and then incinerating their bodies. It is absolutely appalling that that our government would consider such a diabolical project, at a cost to Canadian taxpayers of more than $35 million, simply to placate fishermen.”

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Plan to overturn whaling ban unveiled

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The proposal, if adopted, would overturn the 1986 ban on commercial whaling by authorizing whaling by Norway, Iceland, and Japan. It would also legalize Japan’s whaling in an internationally recognized whale sanctuary around Antarctica, grant new rights to Japan, Iceland, and Norway to kill whales for commercial purposes, and ignore established IWC scientific procedures for estimating sustainable whaling limits.

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Rare clouded leopards released back to the wild for first time in India

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Tue, 05/04/2010

The radio-collars will help rehabilitators track the movement of the cubs as they become completely independent of human care and begin exploring on their own. 

An extremely shy, nocturnal, and tree-dwelling species found in India’s northeast region, the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is in peril today with only about 10,000 remaining in the wild. The clouded leopard is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and is classified ‘vulnerable’ in IUCN Red List of threatened species.

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CITES conservation crisis

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Thu, 03/25/2010

“Short -term profits rather than long-term conservation has once again been the theme of this meeting,” said Azzedine Downes, Head of IFAW’s CITES delegation.

“The biggest losers at this meeting include polar bears, bluefin tuna and all the sharks – with Parties refusing to acknowledge the science showing drastic declines in populations.  Urgent action to curb and control international trade is desperately needed for these species, yet CITES Parties collectively turned their backs.

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Hammerheads miss out at CITES

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Tue, 03/23/2010

“The rejection of this proposal does not make any sense at all,” said Dr Ralf Sonntag, IFAW marine biologist and Germany Director.

“Some populations of the scalloped hammerhead shark have declined by 80 to 90 per cent and yet Parties have not seen fit to uplist the species to Appendix II – this decision may lead to the disappearance of this charismatic species.”

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No trade for Tanzanian elephants

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Mon, 03/22/2010
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“Fighting to save these elephants paid off today with Parties taking note of the science demonstrating that Tanzanian elephants are still in peril,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa.

“Poaching of elephants and ivory seizures are escalating not decreasing – this decision is a victory for common sense.”

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