EU to Make Crucial Decision on Fate of Elephants

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Jan 22 2010

Next week, Kenyan Minister for Forestry and Wildlife and co-chairman of the Coalition, Mr. Noah Wekesa, will also travel to Brussels to urge the EU to support an all-out ban on ivory trade to ensure conservation of elephants at a critical moment for their survival.

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Philippine volcano expected to erupt, IFAW to evacuate animals

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Dec 29 2009

For the last two weeks, the 8,070-foot Mayon volcano has been spewing smoke, rock, and burning mud. The volcano recently pushed a cloud of ash nearly a mile into the air and geologists point to the volcano’s continuous lava flows, sulphuric dioxide emissions, and frequent tremors as indications that an eruption is looming.

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Hunters attending Boxing Day meets are warned they must act within the law

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Dec 26 2009

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) issued the warning ahead of the annual festive hunt meets.

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “We have no problem at all with hunts meeting to enjoy a gallop through the countryside, over Christmas or at any other time, as long as this does not involve wild animals being cruelly chased and killed. The ‘traditional’ Boxing Day bloodbath, which saw foxes being ripped apart for human entertainment, is now illegal under the Hunting Act 2004. Hunts must remember and abide by this or risk prosecution.

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IFAW response to European Court ruling on Hunting Act

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Dec 18 2009

The challenge to the Hunting Act and the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act by the Countryside Alliance and Brian Friend failed with the European Court of Human Rights finding that the bans on hunting are there to stop this morally unjustifiable ‘sport’.

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IFAW scoops prize at Green Awards

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Nov 24 2009

At the Awards ceremony in London on Wednesday night, IFAW lifted the top prize for Best Green Advertising with its ‘Turtle Beach’ stunt and was highly commended in the Best Green International category for its ‘Tails for Whales’ online campaign. A third IFAW entry, ‘A World Without Gorillas’ viral, was shortlisted for Best New Media award.

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New Japanese PM urged to recall whaling fleet

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Nov 19 2009

In defiance of global pressure and several international laws, the Japanese whaling fleet has left harbour and is now en route to the pristine Southern Ocean Sanctuary to harpoon up to 935 minke whales and 50 endangered fin whales.

Despite a worldwide ban on commercial whaling, Japan hunts whales in Antarctica under the loophole of “scientific whaling”. However, very little research is produced and with expanding hunt quotas and whale meat on sale in supermarkets and restaurants, this is clearly commercial whaling by another name.

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IFAW condemns Canadian challenge to EU seal trade ban

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Nov 4 2009

The EU ban was voted through earlier this year after a long-running campaign by IFAW and other animal welfare groups calling for an end to the cruelty of Canada’s commercial seal hunt. The largest marine mammal hunt in the world, the hunt has traditionally seen up to a third of a million seals a year clubbed or shot, primarily to provide luxury fur items for the fashion industry.

IFAW believes the EU ban will close a vital market for the hunt, and is now urging the Canadian government to end the hunt once and for all.

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Battered and bruised - abused elephants to be rescued in Zimbabwe

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Oct 30 2009

The elephants were confiscated in April this year after an inspection by the Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ZNSPCA) found cruel and torturous methods were being used to ‘tame and train’ them for the elephant back safari industry – a popular tourist activity in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in southern Africa.

The ZNSPCA requested IFAW to step in and assist in translocating the elephants to a safe haven with a view to rehabilitating them and releasing them back into the wild.

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Animal heroes from around UK receive prestigious awards

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Oct 21 2009

IFAW’s annual Animal Action Awards ceremony will be hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Gale with trophies presented by fashion designer to the stars Elizabeth Emanuel. This year’s winners include former marine Pen Farthing who rescues street dogs from war zones in Afghanistan, equine dentist Andre Majerski who gives up his holidays to treat neglected horses and donkeys in Greece and Jamie and Heather Dyer who rehabilitate orphaned and injured seals in the north of Scotland.

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More than 100 elephants a day still slaughtered by poachers 20 years after ivory ban

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Oct 20 2009

This alarming level of illegal hunting could drive the African elephant to extinction across much of Africa in just 15 years.

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