Greater protection secured for elephants, tigers, dolphins and turtles

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Dec 5 2008

The Convention focused on endangered species from all corners of the earth and saw decisions made to further protect elephants in Africa, tigers in Asia, turtles in the Pacific, dolphins in South East Asia and seals, narwhals and polar bears at risk from climate change.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) congratulates CMS Parties for making such excellent progress during the week-long meeting where many countries made commitments to robust agreements and cross border alliances to actively protect wildlife and their habitats.

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Fears for the world’s whales as future of commercial whaling ban is negotiated at meeting ‘held in secret’ in UK

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Dec 5 2008
The International Whaling Commission (IWC), responsible for whale conservation, is holding a three-day Small Working Group meeting in Cambridge from Monday with delegates from around 24 countries expected to attend.
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Ocean noise poses grave threat to marine mammals: IFAW urges action to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises

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Dec 3 2008

A report released today by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Ocean Noise: Turn it down, showed that, in recent decades, ocean noise created by human activities has risen dramatically, posing a major threat to many marine mammals. Noise from commercial shipping, sonar, seismic exploration by the oil and gas industry, off-shore construction and recreational activities, is contributing to a progressively more disorientating environment for the world's cetaceans.

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Government urged to use new Marine Bill to protect marine mammals from man-made ocean noise pollution

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Dec 3 2008

Today’s long overdue announcement follows several years of consultation between Government, environmental groups and industry.

Marine mammals rely on sound to communicate, navigate and locate food. IFAW is concerned that escalating man-made noise pollution is causing behavioural changes in cetaceans such as abandoning breeding and feeding areas, and in extreme cases it is leading to strandings and even death.

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Conservation treaty urged to give turtles, tigers, whales and sharks a future

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Dec 1 2008

During the five day conference, proposals to be considered include measures to protect whales and other cetaceans from ocean noise, together with discussions about tigers, elephants, turtles, sharks, birds and gorillas.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) believes habitat protection is essential for the survival of many species and acknowledges the strength of CMS's work in bringing countries together to create agreements and cross border alliances which actively protect wildlife and habitats.

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Japan urged to turn whaling fleet around

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Nov 17 2008
In defiance of global pressure and several international laws, the government of Japan’s whaling fleet has quietly left harbour without its usual public fanfare and is now en route to the pristine Southern Ocean Sanctuary to harpoon around 850 whales, including 50 endangered fin whales.

Legal analyses by international panels of independent legal experts convened in Paris, London and Sydney have found Japan’s expanding commercial, or so-called ‘scientific’ whaling to be in violation of several international laws and treaties.

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IFAW double winner at Green Awards

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Nov 14 2008

At the Awards ceremony in London, IFAW lifted the top prize in two of the 14 categories: Animals on the Underground campaign won the Best Outdoor Advertisement (under £50,000) and MP Humpback Adoption campaign won Best Direct Mail.

The outdoor campaign featured posters of eye-catching images of animals within the traditional London Underground map urging the public to help protect seals, whales and elephants. It ran on more than 200 sites on London Underground and reached millions of commuters across London on their way to work.

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Bidding begins in controversial ivory sales

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Oct 30 2008

Despite the 1989 international ban on the trade in ivory, 20,000 elephants are slaughtered each year to supply the demand of the illegal ivory trade.

China and Japan, both of which have thriving illegal ivory markets, have been approved as trading partners for this ivory.

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eBay announces ivory ban in response to IFAW report

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Oct 20 2008

eBay’s decision was announced just hours before the release of IFAW’s latest investigative report, ‘Killing with Keystrokes: An Investigation of the Illegal Wildlife Trade on the World Wide Web’, which shows that Internet trade in wildlife poses a significant and immediate threat to the survival of elephants and many other endangered species.

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Animal Heroes given prestigious awards for outstanding work

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Oct 17 2008

The awards ceremony was hosted by Baroness Gale at the House of Lords and presented by IFAW patron, actress and model Lisa B. This year’s honours include awarding Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall ‘Campaigners of the Year’ for their work on factory farmed chickens, along with Jane Howorth who founded the Battery Hen Trust and works tirelessly to improve the welfare of battery hens in the UK.

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