World Trade Organization condemns dolphins to cruelty with ruling

Thu, 05/17/2012
World Trade Organization condemns dolphins to cruelty with ruling

Yesterday, the World Trade Organization ruled against the U.S. dolphin-safe label requirement, dealing a major blow both to US consumers and dolphins. 

This ruling is a troubling precedent that will give pause to global leaders as they consider whether even voluntary environmental or animal welfare standards might be deemed trade barriers. 

With today’s worrisome decision, both dolphins and consumers suffer.

IFAW honors unsung animal heroes with Animal Action Award

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Wed, 05/16/2012
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Recognizing those who have done something outstanding for animals, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW; www.ifaw.org) today announced the recipients of its U.S. Animal Action Awards. Winners ranging from high-school teenagers to government officials will be honored at an exclusive awards-reception in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on May 22—the first time since 2007 that the awards have been given in the United States.

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Yarmouth Port, MA
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Preparing the future environmental stewards in the Caribbean

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Tue, 05/15/2012
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From May 1 through May 4, the first training session of the pilot Caribbean Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (C-EWCL) class was held in Antigua. The seventeen carefully selected participants from the Caribbean islands and Central American Caribbean coast gathered for three days of intensive skills and leadership training, as well as mentoring and discussion about their professional choices and future career direction. 

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Washington, D.C.
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Spotlight South Africa: Watch “People of Dogs” talk CLAW

Wed, 05/30/2012

I have travelled to nearly all of the International Fund for Animal Welfare projects around the world, and have always been impressed with the quality and commitment of those teams and staff members.

One woman, however, dedicated to making her community a better place, one animal at a time, continually renews my hope, and her name is Cora Bailey.

The sad tale of Tony the 'Truck Stop Tiger'

Mon, 05/14/2012
The Sad Tale of Tony the “Truck Stop Tiger”

Here’s a report from Gina Miller, IFAW’s legal policy analyst, about a captive tiger in Louisiana:

Laws that govern the private ownership of big cats vary widely from one state to another but they do have one thing in common—they’re not enough to protect big cats in private hands. Some 10,000 to 20,000 big cats are kept captive by private owners in the U.S., and they aren’t in zoos but in backyards, basements, garages, sheds and even truck stops.

Yes, you read that correctly: It is legal to keep a tiger at a truck stop.

Rectificatie én opluchting na onjuist bericht over olifantenivoor

Mon, 05/07/2012
Rectificatie én opluchting na onjuist bericht over olifantenivoor

Het gebeurt niet vaak dat je een fout moet toegeven, en tegelijkertijd opgelucht bent. Toch is dat precies wat er gebeurde naar aanleiding van een persbericht van een aantal weken geleden.

Het IFAW had een persbericht uit laten gaan waarin stond dat medewerkers van de Keniaanse belastingdienst (KRA) in de haven van Mombasa een vrachtcontainer hadden aangetroffen met daarin een onbekende hoeveelheid ivoor.

Twee belangrijke gebeurtenissen in het parlement brengen einde ivoorhandel dichterbij

Thu, 05/03/2012
Twee belangrijke gebeurtenissen in het parlement brengen einde ivoorhandel dicht

In januari van dit jaar werd IFAW regiodirecteur Azië Grace Ge Gabriel in het IFAW-kantoor in China uitgebreid geïnterviewd voor de bekende BBC-documentaireserie Panorama. De aflevering draaide om het werk dat het IFAW wereldwijd verzet in de strijd tegen ivoorstropers.

Veldverslag: lente breekt aan voor drie Russische berenjongen