Poaching Remains Main Threat to Tibetan Antelope

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Sat, 08/20/2005
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The Tibetan antelope is one of the flagship species of China’s Qinghai-Tibet, China Plateau and is highly endangered. By the mid-1990s its population had plummeted, from an estimated 2 million at the turn of 20th century, to merely 75,000 animals. Tibetan antelopes, also called Chiru, are hunted for their wool – considered the finest in the world -- which is woven into garments called Shahtoosh shawls.
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Baby Tibetan antelopes like this one are highly endangered due to poaching.

Illegal Trade in Endangered Animals Flourishes on Web

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Tue, 08/16/2005
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Every single day thousands of wild animals and animal parts – from live chimpanzees and huge ivory tusks to tiny dried seahorses – are illegally traded in cyberspace. IFAW conducted a three-month investigation which showed that, in a single week, over 9,000 live animals or products were for sale on English-language websites, chat rooms and the popular auction site eBay. At least 70% of the products were species protected by international law.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Chris Cutter (IFAW, Headquarters)
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International Conference to Address Oiled Wildlife Problem

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Thu, 08/04/2005
This year’s conference, hosted by Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, brings together 250 of the world’s leading professional oiled wildlife responders to collaborate on oil spill prevention initiatives, contingency planning and oiled wildlife response efforts worldwide.
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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Lou Cafiero (IFAW, Headquarters)
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IFAW Rescues Elephant Calf From Poachers

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Tue, 08/02/2005
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“It is very disappointing that an elephant was nearly killed by poachers within a protected nature reserve,” said Dr. Zhang Li IFAW’s Director of China, “Stronger measures must be taken to tackle wildlife poaching in the nature reserves to prevent more animals from suffering and death.”

After finding the trapped elephant, members of IFAW’s Asian elephant protection team anesthetized the calf, freed its leg from the clamp and moved it to a location where its wounds could treated by medical staff.

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Beijing, China
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An elephant calf gets close to its keeper at the IFAW sponsored Wildlife Rescue Center in Assam, India.

Interpol Gives Ecomessage Award to Kenya for Fighting Wildlife Crime

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Mon, 07/18/2005
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Ecomessage, a new Interpol reporting system designed in collaboration with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), allows real-time access to wildlife crime information among law enforcement agencies worldwide.
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Yarmouth Port, Mass.
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Chris Galazzi (IFAW, Headquarters)
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Ecomessage, a new Interpol reporting system designed in collaboration with IFAW allows real-time access to wildlife crime information among law enforcement agencies worldwide.

IFAW’s Penguin Network Releases First Birds

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Thu, 07/07/2005
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The Magellanic penguins were released by one of the network’s organizations, Fundacion Mundo Marino, in Argentina. More releases are expected in upcoming weeks.

“Since May more than 60 penguins have been cared for, but historically, late July is the peak of the oiled penguin season, as it is related to their migration, and the expectation is that there will be many more oiled penguins in the weeks to come,” said Dr.

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Argentina
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26 penguins are released by Fundacion Mundo Marino on June 27th, in northeastern Argentina.

Arab League Calls for Collaboration to Fight Wildlife Crime

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Wed, 07/13/2005
"Working on the ground in 15 countries around the world has given IFAW an opportunity to help many states build their wildlife law enforcement capacity," said Executive Vice President Azzedine Downes, "the Arab League's efforts to enforce CITES regulations will help protect the animals so important to Arab traditions and history for generations to come."

In the year leading up to the next CITES CoP14, taking place in the Netherlands, IFAW will help facilitate the meeting of Arab States in order for those members to hold conversations amongst themselves abou

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Iceland's Whaling Boats Resume Hunt

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Wed, 07/06/2005
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) had earlier urged the Icelandic government to reject this quota, recommended by Iceland's Marine Research Institute several weeks ago, and call an end to so-called scientific whaling.

A joint statement by the British, French and German governments in May also strongly criticized the MRI's proposals for 39 minke whales to be taken.  Since August 2003, 62 minke whales have been killed in Iceland's coastal waters in the name of science.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Clare Sterling (IFAW, United Kingdom)
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Kenya Government to Export Wildlife to Zoo in Thailand

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Wed, 07/06/2005
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare –www.ifaw.org) today condemned the decision by the Kenyan Government saying that it sends the wrong message to the world. 

Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra requested wildlife for the zoo during a meeting late last year with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki. The Chiang Mai Night Safari Park is a project launched by Shinawatra and animals from other countries have been requested from private zoos and donors.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Elizabeth Wamba (IFAW, Eastern Africa)
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Illegal Ivory Trade Flourishes in China

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Tue, 06/28/2005
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“This report clearly shows the links between the legal and illegal ivory trades. Chinese policy makers and enforcement officials have tried to bring the trade under control, but according to IFAW’s study there simply is no way to stop the illegal sale of ivory in China as long as legal ivory sales continue,” said Peter Pueschel, program manager, IFAW.
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The 6.5 metric tonne ivory haul was seized in Singapore three years ago and is the single largest seizure of illegal ivory since the trade was banned by the U.N. Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) in 1989.