Whaling season ends with more than 600 whales harpooned

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Tue, 11/01/2005
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Whalers had been hunting since April, the earliest start to the whaling season since Norway resumed commercial whaling in 1993, but they did not manage to harpoon the full catch allowance of 796 set by the Norwegian Government. This was despite two extensions to the deadline, originally set for the end of August.

Bad weather was blamed for low catches over the summer, but many boats continued to hunt. Whaling is now cheaper as boats are no longer required to have a human inspector on board to check boats comply with Norway’s whaling regulations.

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Norwegian whalers killed 639 minke whales in the 2005 whaling season.

Japanese Whaling Fleet Bound for International Whale Sanctuary

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Tue, 11/08/2005
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IFAW and other marine conservationists worldwide criticized today’s move, which marks a sharp escalation in Japan’s whaling activities. Japan’s new, self-allocated whaling quota will double the number of whales it kills each year in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary, established by the IWC in 1994.
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Japan will kill up to 935 minke whales and ten fin whales during the next six months as part of its whaling program. <BR>

Conservationists say No to Wildlife Gift as Thai Prime Minister Visits Kenya

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Tue, 11/08/2005
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Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is currently on a three-day official visit to Kenya and it is expected that his Government will follow-up on the proposal made late last year when the Kenyan President visited Thailand.

“In January this year, the then Minister of Tourism & Wildlife Raphael Tuju stated that this matter will be considered in the best interest of the country.&nbsp; The Kenya Government has kept this issue under wraps for a year now.

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Kenya has less than 500 black rhinos, having been wiped out by poaching in the 1970s and 80s.

IFAW Launches Project to Address Stray Dog Problem in Dominica

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Thu, 11/10/2005
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A morning ceremony in the Roseau Botanical Gardens celebrated the project. Local veterinarians, police officers and volunteers who passed a training course were awarded certificates. Several key government officials were in attendance including: Dominica's Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit; Councillor Dorothy Bellot of the RCC; Police Inspector David Andrews; and the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment, Hon. Dr. John Colin McIntyre. Officials joined with Mr.
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Roseau, Dominica
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Canned Hunting and Captive Breeding Report Regarded a &#8220;Good Start&#8221;

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Tue, 10/25/2005
“While IFAW does not condone hunting we would welcome the adoption of measures that would help to stamp out the rampant abuses we know to take place in this industry,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Southern Africa Director of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org).

“The report is a good start in paving the way to a better regulated, if still totally abhorrent industry and which no-one - except those most likely to profit – would disagree is in dire need of an overhaul.

“The R

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Welfare groups gear up for major legal challenge against Government

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Fri, 10/07/2005
The legal appeal, by IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare), RSPCA Australia and Humane Society International (HSI), will begin on Tuesday (11 October). It is expected to last less than two working weeks.

They are challenging a decision, made by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, to allow the import of eight Asian elephants to Taronga and Melbourne zoos.

It will begin at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in 55 Market Street, Sydney, at 10am.

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Sydney, Australia
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Leading Animal Welfare Group Applauds &#8220;Common-Sense&#8221; Government Crocodile Decision

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Thu, 10/06/2005
The Federal Government has upheld its long-held policy banning trophy hunting of Australian native animals for export.

Senator Campbell has today ruled (6 October) against a proposal by the Northern Territory Government to allow up to 25 crocodiles to be killed by commercial trophy hunters. Plans included the export of crocodile parts, such as heads and skins.

IFAW Asia Pacific Campaigner Rebecca Brand said: “Upholding the ban on the trophy hunting of crocodiles in the Northern Territory is a common-sense and very welcome decision.

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IFAW&#8217;s Special Week is World&#8217;s Largest Animal Event

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Tue, 10/04/2005
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The theme of this year’s event – “Caring for Our Best Friends” – focuses on dogs and cats and the problems they face due to cruelty and overpopulation. All the materials, many interactive, are available for free at the IFAW web site (www.ifaw.org).

More than 1.1 million school children will participate in Animal Action Week programs in Australia, Canada, China, Dominica, Kenya, France, India, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, South America, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Hurricane Dog Flies Cross-Country to Reunite With Family

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Tue, 10/04/2005
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Benetting is one of more than 5,000 companion animals affected by Hurricane Katrina, many of which are only now able to reunite with their owners who were displaced by the disaster. Pedro Garnica and his wife and son evacuated out of the hurricane zone with their dog to a shelter in Baton Rouge, but after two days there, Benetting was taken from them by local police, who cited the shelter's 'no dog' policy. "My wife and son cried so hard, and then I began to cry too," said Pedro Garnica of being separated from his dog.
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IFAW, Kenya Wildlife Service to Enhance Tsavo National Park

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Thu, 09/22/2005
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The IFAW-KWS partnership will support in the purchase of vehicles for security patrols as well as for human-wildlife conflict management.
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Orphaned elephants at Tsavo National Park.