World Pangolin Day: Reminding the world of a disappearing species

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februari 17, 2018
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World Pangolin Day: Reminding the world of a disappearing species

February 17 marks World Pangolin Day. Small and scaly, pangolins are the world’s most illegally traded mammal and in danger of extinction. According to media reports, in 2017 nearly 50 metric tons of pangolin scales were seized worldwide, representing an estimated equivalent of more than 42.000 animals.

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Le monde avance en faveur de l'interdiction du commerce de l'ivoire - l'UE suivra-t-elle ?

februari 8, 2018
Le monde avance en faveur de l'interdiction du commerce de l'ivoire - l'UE suivr

Alors que les dirigeants du monde entier agissent pour fermer les marchés de l'ivoire, l'UE va-t-elle suivre le mouvement et écouter les appels à l'aide des nations africaines pour mettre un terme au commerce de l'ivoire ? La décision du gouvernement chinois de proscrire les ventes à compter de 2018 a déjà éclairci l'avenir sombre des éléphants.

Promising international steps on banning ivory trade - will the EU follow suit?

februari 8, 2018
Promising international steps on banning ivory trade - will the EU follow suit?

As global leaders move to shut down ivory markets, will the EU follow suit and listen to pleas from African nations for help in closing ivory trade?  The decision from the Government of China outlawing sales at the start of 2018, already shed light to the dark road to save elephants. “In the past year since the announcement of China’s ban, the ivory price has dropped across Asia”, says Grace Gabriel – Regional Director Asia at IFAW.

Overwhelming response to UK ivory surrender to protect elephants

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februari 2, 2018
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Overwhelming response to UK ivory surrender to protect elephants

An ivory surrender to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade has received overwhelming support from the UK public with almost 500 ivory items weighing around 150kgs donated in just a few months.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) invited people to surrender their own ivory to be destroyed as part of a campaign to close the UK’s ivory market and save this iconic species from the threat of extinction.

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Staci McLennan appointed EU Director for IFAW in Brussels

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januari 22, 2018
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Staci McLennan appointed EU Director for IFAW in Brussels

IFAW has appointed Ms. Staci McLennan as the new Director of the European Union (EU) office in Brussels as per 1 December 2017.

McLennan has extensive experience working on animal welfare, wildlife and environmental policy. She has worked in Brussels the last 9 years, with prior experience working on state, regional and federal environmental policy in the US. 

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Empowering people helps protect wildlife

januari 11, 2018
Empowering people helps protect wildlife
Empowering people helps protect wildlife

Poaching for ivory has reached epidemic proportions in Southern Africa. Wildlife-human conflicts and accidents have caused an additional number of tragic deaths, both among elephants and people. Tanguy Dumortier, host of RTBF’s nature and environment program Le Jardin Extraordinaire, joined IFAW for two weeks in Zambia and Malawi to learn more about how we protect animals and the places they call home, and how people can be active participants in conservation.  

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NGOs demand a ban on EU ivory trade

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december 13, 2017
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NGOs demand a ban on EU ivory trade

On Friday 8 December, the final day of the public consultation on the EU ivory trade, the European Commission hosted a meeting with stakeholders to hear their views on the action needed for the EU to effectively combat ivory trafficking. Elephants are facing their worst crisis in decades due to poaching for their ivory. Populations are thought to be falling by about 8 percent annually and at least 20,000 African elephants continue to be killed each year.

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Japan whaling – CITES fails to act on imports

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november 27, 2017
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Japanese import of sei whale products is a persistent violation of CITES rules
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Japanese import of sei whale products is a persistent violation of CITES rules

The world’s most important conservation body has avoided taking action against Japan for its trade in endangered sei whales. While many governments expressed concern, ultimately it was decided only to seek more information from Japan at this time and delay any decision to the following meeting.

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Icelandic support for whaling on the decline, polling reveals

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oktober 25, 2017
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Icelandic support for minke whaling has dropped by 5% in just one year, according to polling results released today (Wednesday).

Gallup polling commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) reveals that 45.8% of Icelanders now claim to support minke whaling, compared to 50.8% last year. This is also the first time that such polling has found Icelandic support for whaling to have been less than 50%.

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