IFAW Urges China to Say “No” to Seal Products

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Tue, 01/11/2011

Rejected by the EU, which banned seal product sales last year, Canada has returned to China on the hunt for new consumers. The Canadian Government is assuming that Chinese consumers will condone the cruel slaughter of seals. “The Chinese eat anything”, said a seal industry executive to the Globe and Mail after a similar junket last year, “And they simply don’t understand why you would put one animal over another.”

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Japan urged to recall whaling fleet

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Thu, 12/02/2010

In defiance of global opposition and several international laws, the Japanese whaling fleet is heading for the pristine Southern Ocean Sanctuary to kill up to 935 minke whales and 50 endangered fin whales. In addition, Japan has still not formally abandoned plans to take 50 vulnerable humpback whales.

Despite the worldwide ban on commercial whaling, Japan hunts whales in Antarctica under the loophole of "scientific whaling".

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Dismay greets court ruling that puts captive lions back in the firing line

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Wed, 12/01/2010

“This ruling puts canned hunting right back on the agenda, and further entrenches South Africa’s image of a country that puts animal welfare last while profiteering from an abhorrent form of hunting practice,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director Southern Africa of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org).

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Dog and Cat Welfare in EU to be improved

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Mon, 11/29/2010

“This is the beginning of better animal welfare standards throughout the European Union,” says Kate Atema, IFAW’s Programme Director for Companion Animals.

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Iceland criticised by US for whaling and urged to stop increased slaughter of endangered species

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Wed, 11/24/2010

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) welcomed the US Department of Commerce decision to publicly issue a statement criticising Iceland's commercial whaling activities.

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Tiger summit opens with call for action from world’s children

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In whispers, shouts, roars and emotional pleas broadcast on a large video screen, children from tiger range countries in Asia, including Russia, India, China and Indonesia, were joined by youngsters from the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East in calling on participants in the International Tiger Forum to take a stand, make a commitment and “Save the tigers!”

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IFAW calls for global tiger conservation plan with teeth

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“Poaching fueled by black market trade is the single greatest threat to tigers,” said Fred O’Regan, IFAW president and CEO. “Unless governments put teeth into existing bans and crack down on tiger trade, we can wave goodbye to one of the world’s most magnificent species.”

Wild tiger populations have plummeted by 97% in the past century. In 1900, about 100,000 roamed throughout Asia. As few as 3,000 wild tigers survive today.

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Two tigers killed by poachers, poisoning on eve of global summit

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Fri, 11/19/2010

The killings highlight the dire threats to this critically-endangered species as leaders of 13 tiger range countries prepare to convene in St. Petersburg, Russia from 21 to 24 November to agree on a new global plan to save tigers from extinction. Wild tiger populations around the world have declined by 97% in the past century, primarily due to habitat loss and poaching

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Governments designate IFAW a partner in global plan to save tigers

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Thu, 11/18/2010

An international IFAW delegation, including tiger conservation experts from three range countries, is joining heads of state attending the summit, which will be hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Governments of 13 tiger range states are expected to endorse the Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP) and a ministerial declaration with the ambitious goal of doubling the wild tiger population over the next 12 years.

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Rare tiger killed by poachers in Siberia

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Tue, 11/16/2010
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The Khasan rangers arrested four suspected poachers, who were intercepted with the dead tiger, described as a healthy, five-year-old male. One of the hunters was wounded by the tiger and is hospitalized; the other three were turned over to police for interrogation. If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of USD $20,000.

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