Canned Hunting and Captive Breeding Report Regarded a “Good Start”

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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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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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Leading Animal Welfare Group Applauds “Common-Sense” 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’s Special Week is World’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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Hurricane Dog Flies Cross-Country to Reunite With Family

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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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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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69% of Canadian voters oppose commercial seal hunt

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Tue, 09/20/2005
"When it comes to the commercial seal hunt, this poll shows that opposition literally starts on the doorsteps of Parliament Hill and extends across the country," said IFAW Canada’s Director, Olivier Bonnet.

Opposition to specific aspects of the seal hunt was even higher with some 77 per cent of voters, stating an opinion, calling for a ban on the killing of seals under three months of age and 78 per cent opposed to government subsidies for the hunt.

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IFAW recognizes marine conservation leaders

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Mon, 09/12/2005
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Consistent with IFAW values, each of the individuals has pushed for solutions to benefit both animals and people. Those recognized are:

    Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
    Congressmen Sam Farr (D-CA) and Curt Weldon (R-PA), Co-    chairs, Congressional Oceans Caucus
    Hon. Robert B. Zoellick, Deputy Secretary of State
    Mr.

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IFAW emergency experts carry out post-Tsunami training

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Mon, 09/12/2005
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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) is sharing its wealth of experience over seven days in Sumatra and Borneo, as part of its post-Tsunami relief operation in Indonesia.

Training takes place in Bukittinggi, Sumatra, from 15-18 September and Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan, from 20-22 September. Workshops will focus on being prepared for a wildlife disaster, emergency care and rehabilitation. 

“This training is a vital part of IFAW’s post-Tsunami relief effort.
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"Many of the people we see had to run for their lives, but they made sure they had their dogs and cats with them.”

Hurricane Leaves Owners Desperate About Pets Whereabouts

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Fri, 09/02/2005
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Local animal groups have now evacuated at least 300 dogs from New Orleans to Houston, where the Houston SPCA is caring for them and another 500 are expected tonight. Many were smuggled into shelters and evacuation buses by desperate New Orleans refugees fleeing the hurricane disaster. With Baton Rouge swelling under pressure from the mass inflow of refugees, Houston is now becoming the staging area for these and other animal relief operations.
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