IFAW animal rescue underway in quake-ravaged Italy

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“One of the immediate challenges faced at this time is with displaced pets that need food in the tent cities,” said IFAW veterinarian Anand Ramanathan. “Another urgent problem is locating livestock in the mountains, especially cattle which need to be milked periodically. If we don’t reach these animals in time, the result could be mastitis or other dangerous infections.”

Immediately after the quake hit, a 24-hour Veterinary Emergency Hotline was set up and IZS began treating injured animals.

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Canada’s 2009 commercial seal hunt opens today – the world watches as 280,000 baby seals are set to die

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Mon, 03/23/2009
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Canada’s commercial seal hunt is the largest hunt for marine mammals in the world. Sealers are allowed to kill 280,000 harp seal pups this year, provided they have begun to molt their white coats, which occurs when the animals are about two weeks old.

“It’s preposterous that the Canadian government insists on moving forward with this hunt.” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW.

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Charlottetown, Canada
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IFAW condemns Conservative government’s attempt to hide outrageous seal hunt quota

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Fri, 03/20/2009

“This is outrageous” said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher at IFAW.  “This quota is completely indefensible. It’s not supported by markets, it’s not supported by the DFO’s own management plan, and it’s certainly not going to be supported by the majority of Canadians.”

“For the past two years we’ve seen saturated markets for seal fur, and pelt prices are now the lowest in recent memory.

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European seal import ban a step closer after crucial EU vote

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MEPs from the IMCO (Internal Market and Consumer Protection) Committee, today voted overwhelmingly in favor of a ban on the trade in seal products without any derogations, and with the only exemption for products from traditional Inuit seal hunts.

The 25:7 majority vote defeats plans for a proposed labeling system put forward by the IMCO rapporteur, UK Liberal MEP Diana Wallis.

IFAW opposes Canada’s commercial seal hunt because it is cruel and unnecessary, with more than a quarter of a million seals clubbed or shot each year primarily so their fur can be used by

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Brussels, Belgium
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Senator introduces groundbreaking legislation to end seal hunt

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“This is truly a historic moment – a moment that marks the beginning of the inevitable end to Canada’s commercial seal hunt,” said renowned lawyer Clayton Ruby. “Senator Harb has shown incredible leadership and courage by speaking out on behalf of the majority of Canadians on this issue.”

The bill is an amendment to the Fisheries Act and would prohibit the commercial hunting of seals in Canadian waters, while protecting the rights of aboriginal peoples to hunt seals.

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Senator to introduce groundbreaking legislation to end seal hunt?

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Fri, 02/27/2009

“This would be an historic moment – a moment that marks the beginning of the inevitable end to Canada’s commercial seal hunt,” said renowned Canadian lawyer Clayton Ruby. “Senator Harb would be demonstrating incredible leadership and courage by speaking out on behalf of the majority of Canadians on this issue.”

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eBay's New Year resolution: Protect endangered elephants

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Mon, 12/29/2008
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“IFAW is grateful to eBay for taking this important step forward for elephant conservation. By setting the bar with a global ban on ivory, eBay is proving to be an example for both governments and online dealers to also take a stand on one of today’s most critical wildlife issues – Internet trade,” said Barbara Cartwright, IFAW Campaigns Manager.

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Yarmouth Port, MA - United States
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Elephant poacher shot and killed in Kenyan national park

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Thu, 01/22/2009
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Rangers had trailed the poacher and his accomplice for 17 hours on foot, according to area warden Josphat Erupe. “We noticed one poacher on top of a tree but he jumped down and vanished. We only became aware that there was a second man when he opened fire at our rangers from behind the tree but he was shot and killed in the ensuing battle.”

According to unnamed sources in KWS, elephant poaching rose by over 60 per cent in Kenya from 2007 to 2008.

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Iceland urged to rethink ill-advised and damaging whaling policy

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Wed, 02/18/2009
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Outgoing Fisheries and Agriculture Minister, Einar K Gudfinnsson, recently granted commercial whaling quotas of up to 150 endangered fin whales and 100 minke whales a year for the next five years. Iceland’s new Fisheries Minister, Steingrimur J Sigfusson, today announced these catch allowances would remain for one year instead of five, and despite only a limited domestic market for minke whales and no domestic market for fin whales.

IFAW opposes whaling because it is cruel, unnecessary and unsustainable.

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The Canadian Government misleading European leaders say Animal Welfare Groups

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Tue, 02/24/2009

“From Malaysia to Great Britain, from South Africa to the Philippines, advancements are being made in the field of animal welfare.  In Canada animals are still not protected from basic acts of cruelty,” said Olivier Bonnet, Country Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, “Canada has been recognized as a leader in many fields but has not demonstrated the capacity in the foreseeable future to take animal protection and animal welfare seriously.”

"Animal cruelty section of the Criminal Code of Canada has not been substant

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