411 Critically Endangered Tortoises Saved from Illegal Wildlife Trade

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Octobre 22, 2010

After several months of waiting, 411 critically endangered tortoises will return to their home country of Madagascar. The radiated (Astrochelys radiata), spider (Pyxis arachnoides) and angulated (Astrochelys yniphora) tortoises were illegally removed from their natural habitat and were en route for sale in public markets in China when they were intercepted by customs officials at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in July. These rare tortoises sell for thousands of dollars each as exotic pets.

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Governments will crack down on poaching, wildlife trafficking to save tigers from extinction

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Juillet 16, 2010
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Tigers have experienced a 97 percent decline in population since 1900, when 100,000 roamed the earth. As few as 3,000 wild tigers survive today.

In a global assessment of transnational organized crime, including wildlife trade, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime reported last month that tigers are on the verge of being poached into extinction in the wild. Fueled by an international black market in tiger body parts, poaching threatens to eliminate 5 percent of the remaining wild tiger population each year.

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US Gulf Coast wildlife face devastating impact from oil slick

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Mai 4, 2010

The April 20 explosion of the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig has reportedly spewed around 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf.

“In an incident like this, coastal birds will be among the hardest hit. There are millions of birds at risk as the US Gulf coast is not only home to many resident species, but also a regular refuge for many birds migrating north,” said Dr. Ian Robinson, IFAW Emergency Relief Director.

Some well-known species at risk include terns, herons, egrets, gannets, ducks and Louisiana’s state bird, the Brown pelican.

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Climate change catastrophe: worst ice year on record leads to harp seals’ demise

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Mars 24, 2010
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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org) reports that the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which is the annual birthing ground of hundreds of thousands of harp seals, is essentially devoid of both ice and seals.

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Sealers take aim at last surviving harp seal pups as Newfoundland seal hunt opens

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Avril 8, 2010

Twenty-three sealing vessels from Newfoundland and Labrador have hailed out in search of concentrations of seal pups on whatever ice is still available.

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Animal groups pledge $1.1M dollars for long-term animal relief efforts in Haiti

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Mars 4, 2010
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“Our goal is to reach millions of animals in need and have a long-lasting impact for the people of Haiti,” said Ian Robinson, IFAW’s Director of Emergency Relief. “Cooperating as a group of NGOs gives us a unique opportunity to address public and animal health concerns, across the entire country.”

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Canadian government raises kill quota for harp seal pups despite severe lack of ice habitat

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Mars 15, 2010
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“The Canadian government looks absurd calling for 330,000 seals to be slaughtered when there may not even be that many pups left alive,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW.

Harp seals require stable ice platforms to give birth and nurse their pups. This year’s ice conditions are the lowest on record, spelling imminent danger for the pups’ survival.

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Senator John Kerry Introduces Legislation to Protect Whales

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Mars 15, 2010
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“Whales are in a sea of trouble, and we must do all we can to mitigate threats to the species and its habitat,” said Jeff Flocken, IFAW DC Office Director. “We applaud Senator Kerry’s leadership in championing this legislation and hope his colleagues follow suit.”  

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Will the Year of the Tiger be good for the tiger?

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Février 12, 2010
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“Wild tigers once numbered around 100,000 across Asia, today there are fewer than 3,500,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, IFAW’s Asia Regional Director. “Tigers face threats from loss of habitat and prey. But the greatest threat to wild tigers is poaching to supply an illegal trade driven by the demand for tiger parts and products.”

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Help for animals arrives in Haiti

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Janvier 26, 2010
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“The condition of these animals before the earthquake was not good, so we can’t just simply put things back as they were,” said Ian Robinson, IFAW’s Director of Emergency Relief. “We need to deliver immediate relief to animals and to develop long-term plans for a lasting good.”

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