Canada’s 2009 commercial seal hunt crawls to a halt – more than 200,000 seal pups spared

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Jun 15 2009

About 72,000 seal pups have been reported killed so far in the annual slaughter, from a government-set allowable catch of 280,000 harp seals.

The decrease in the number of seals killed coincides with falling prices for seal pelts and the announcement of a European Union-wide ban on the importation and marketing of seal products from commercial hunts.

Last month’s EU vote followed many years of dedicated campaigning by IFAW and other groups to end Canada’s cruel and unnecessary annual slaughter.

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IFAW enforcement training prompts unprecedented wildlife seizure in Caribbean, 1000+ animals confiscated

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May 1 2009
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On Saturday, the accused parties reportedly received information that two men had arrived on the beach in a boat stacked to the brim with protected wildlife species from Venezuela. The officers then went to the beach and robbed the men at gunpoint.

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Hundreds of sea turtles wash up on Bournemouth beach

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May 4 2009
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Two hundred life-size cardboard hawksbill turtles appeared on the shore as though they had just crawled out of the sea to lay their eggs. In the wild, this is when the creatures are at their most vulnerable as they can easily be targeted by hunters who slaughter them and turn their shells into trinkets for tourists.

The UK Director of IFAW, Robbie Marsland, said: "This turtle invasion may look out of place on an English beach but unfortunately many endangered species have their final resting place in this country – as tokens of exotic holidays abroad.

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Oil companies urged to act now to protect threatened whales

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Jun 11 2009

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) backed the plea issued by whale experts today in a new report of the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP), convened by the World Conservation Panel (IUCN).

Recent estimates suggest there are only about 130 of the Western Gray Whales left and their feeding habitat, off Sakhalin Island, is under threat.

Following growing concerns regarding the status of their population, the WGWAP, made up of 11 world-renowned whale experts, recommended in April this year that the Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC) put on hol

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Leopard cats being hand-raised at CWRC, India

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Mar 30 2009
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The first cat was found in Borpothar, Golaghat district, in February this year. “The Assam Forest Department officials collected it from the villagers and brought it to CWRC for hand-raising and care. It was about one-month-old then,” said Dr Rinku Gohain, consultant veterinarian, IFAW-WTI.  

The second, about three-week-old, was picked up by residents of Dhadhum Pathar, Tinsukia, on March 16, 2009, and was handed over to the Forest Department.

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No market for pelts overshadows expanded seal hunt quota

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Apr 8 2009
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“Of course we are pleased,” said Sheryl Fink, Senior Researcher with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). “If market conditions ultimately lead to the demise of this inhumane slaughter, that’s fine by us.

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IFAW animal rescue underway in quake-ravaged Italy

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Apr 17 2009
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“One of the immediate challenges faced at this time is with displaced pets that need food in the tent cities,” said IFAW veterinarian Anand Ramanathan. “Another urgent problem is locating livestock in the mountains, especially cattle which need to be milked periodically. If we don’t reach these animals in time, the result could be mastitis or other dangerous infections.”

Immediately after the quake hit, a 24-hour Veterinary Emergency Hotline was set up and IZS began treating injured animals.

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No ‘Rome’ for compromise as future of whaling discussed

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Mar 10 2009

During the meeting, a package deal will be presented which is essentially a one-way compromise that could lift the commercial whaling moratorium, allow the government of Japan to kill endangered species and permit illegal, high seas whaling to continue. 

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “Rather than compromising hard-won conservation measures and finding ways for whaling to expand, the IWC and its member governments should be seeking to stop ‘scientific’ whaling, which is illegal under international law, and demanding full compliance wi

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Russia bans controversial hunting of young harp seals

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Feb 27 2009

Yesterday’s (26th) announcement of this new accord between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the State Fisheries Committee came just one day after Russia’s Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, said: “[this] is such a bloody hunt, and it is clear that it should have been banned a long time ago.”

The news was cautiously welcomed by The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which has been campaigning to end the Russian seal hunt since 1995.

Masha Vorontsova, Director of IFAW Russia, said: “The agreement to ban the ki

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US plan to legitimise Japanese whaling revealed

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Feb 3 2009
Patrick Ramage, Whale Programme Director with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), said: “The plan released today is a bad deal for whales and international efforts to protect them.

“It would lift the commercial whaling moratorium, give new rights to the government of Japan to kill protected whales, and permit illegal, high seas whaling to continue.

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