North West charity receives cash boost to fund work with families escaping domestic violence

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Sep 28 2010

Paws for Kids, based in Bolton, helps women, children and their animals escape abusive relationships by offering a safe haven for pets while families are rehomed. In families where there is domestic violence, pets are often threatened, injured or killed by a violent man as a means of keeping power and control over his partner or children.

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Whale research vessel sets sail to protect marine mammals around the UK and Ireland

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Sep 6 2010

The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) state-of-the-art vessel Song of the Whale (SOTW), berthed in Ipswich, sets sail tomorrow (Tues) for Plymouth, from where it will embark on a three-week survey studying beaked whales along the edge of the continental shelf off the west coast of Ireland and Scotland from September 15.

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Amateur photographers honoured in IFAW competition celebrating UK wildlife

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Aug 6 2010

IFAW, which works to protect animals in the UK and around the world, staged the competition to celebrate British wildlife and encouraged supporters to submit favourite photographs.

By far the most popular choice was the fox, with the majority of photographs received by IFAW depicting either foxes or deer.

The top five winners each received a Sony digital camera, with five runners-up prizes of cuddly toy foxes.

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Proposal to legalise whaling discussed this week

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Jun 23 2010

Representatives from many of the 88 member governments which comprise the IWC are due to consider a controversial compromise proposal which includes legalising commercial whaling for the first time since the ban came into place in 1986.

The proposal, three years in the making, would:

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Rare clouded leopards released back to the wild for first time in India

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May 5 2010
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The radio-collars will help rehabilitators track the movement of the cubs as they become completely independent of human care and begin exploring on their own.  

An extremely shy, nocturnal and tree-dwelling species found in India’s northeast region, the clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is in peril today with only about 10,000 remaining in the wild. The clouded leopard is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and is classified ‘vulnerable’ in IUCN Red List of threatened species.

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Controversial whaling proposal fails

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Jun 23 2010

Patrick Ramage, Director of IFAW’s Global Whale Campaign, said: “Under a cloud of corruption allegations the IWC is taking a safe course, opting for a cooling off period that protects the moratorium and other IWC conservation measures. Had it been done here, this deal would have lived in infamy.”

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Freddie the Fox and friends urge party leaders to protect hunting ban

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Freddie the Fox, along with his friends Harriet Hare and Stan Stag, will be outside the venue for the leaders’ debate in the city to remind members of the public and politicians to safeguard the Hunting Act and ensure no return to cruelty.

Freddie Fox can be spotted at events by all three of the main parties in the run-up to the General Election.

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Painted elephant symbolises threat to species with message ‘Will Only Words Remain?’

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The 1.5metre-high, fibreglass elephant, sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), is one of more than 250 elephant sculptures designed by artists and celebrities which will appear at locations around London on Monday (3) and remain on display for several weeks. IFAW’s elephant is being displayed in Green Park.

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

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Apr 8 2010

Today, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is set to observe hunting activity off the coast of Newfoundland in the latest stage of this year’s Canadian commercial seal hunt.

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

Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW, said: “In the southern Gulf of St Lawrence we witnessed harp seal pups struggling to survive on beaches, some dead, others starving.

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First phase of Canadian seal hunt a wash out as single boat leaves port

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Mar 29 2010

The vessel is reportedly heading to the Northern Gulf – the only area where seals have been observed in the Gulf – to kill the few animals that have managed to survive what has been a disastrous year for harp seal pups.

“After spending the past week watching the few tenacious seal pup survivors clinging to life, it is heartbreaking to realise that they may now be killed,” said Sheryl Fink, a senior researcher with IFAW. “On the other hand, I am encouraged that only one boat has decided to go seal killing so far this year.”

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