New website launched to assist police with Hunting Act

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Dec 22 2008
Huntingact.org is a factual resource created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the League Against Cruel Sports and the RSPCA. The specialist site was set up to assist relevant enforcement officials by providing clear information on the Hunting Act and the distinction between legal and illegal hunting.

Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK, said: “The Hunting Act is a recent piece of legislation and not surprisingly, many police wildlife crime officers and CPS prosecutors have limited experience in dealing with illegal hunting.

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Gorilla, missing in action: New take on iconic advert drums home serious conservation message

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Dec 17 2008
The viral is being released by the International Fund for Animal Welfare

(IFAW) to draw attention to the perils faced by many wild animals – including tigers, elephants, whales, turtles and gorillas - and to promote IFAW's work to protect these and other threatened species from extinction.

Rosa Argent, IFAW Communications Manager said: "This is a simple yet powerful take on a hugely popular advert.

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Landowner Found Guilty Of Hare Coursing

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Dec 10 2008
Mary Birbeck (d.o.b 13.9.31), of Little Massingham House, was found guilty yesterday of permitting land at Little Massingham to be used for hare coursing on 12 November 2007, and 8 January 2008, at King’s Lynn Magistrates Court.

She was also convicted of two offences of knowingly facilitating hare coursing and two of attending a hare coursing event, after a two day trial.

Les Anderson (d.o.b 22.9.28), of Lodge Road, Feltwell, was also convicted of two charges of attending a hare coursing event and two of knowingly facilitating such an event.

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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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