Ukraine update: Armed gunmen rough up shelter staff, shoot a dog

Mar 27 2015
Shot dog recovering

Shot dog recovering

For many months, danger and chaos have been a part of daily life at the Gorlovka animal shelter in Eastern Ukraine.  And then one day, things got even worse.

Armed gunmen invaded the shelter and stole any supplies they wanted.  They beat all of the shelter workers and fired their weapons at the animals. 

17 Critically endangered stranded turtles are released in Florida

Mar 27 2015
This was a record year with over 1,200 sea turtles stranding on Cape Cod beaches

This was a record year with over 1,200 sea turtles stranding on Cape Cod beaches.

Katelyn Olsson, IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Americorps team member filed this post about her efforts in this recent turtle rescue and release. -- KP

DFO covers up value of products from the 2014 commercial seal hunt

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Mar 27 2015
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In an unprecedented move, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is refusing to release the quantity and landed value of products from the 2014 commercial seal hunt in what IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) believes to be a cover up.

Press Location: 
Toronto, ON
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Press Contact: 
Michelle Cliffe (IFAW CA)
Contact phone: 
1 647 986 4329
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WhaleFest: een bijzonder festival voor bijzondere dieren

Mar 25 2015
De auteur op WhaleFest.

De auteur op WhaleFest.

Ooit de adem van een walvis geroken?

Ik wel, en het rook heel sterk naar vis! Tijdens mijn walvisexcursie voelde ik me een echte detective. Ik rook al dat hij in de buurt was voordat ik hem zag, en volgde zijn stinkende spoor …

Op die bewuste boottocht hebben we uiteindelijk geen walvis gezien, maar ik was in de zevende hemel – ik had een walvis geróken.

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Open communication channels will help combat wildlife trafficking

Mar 26 2015
Participants and Facilitators at the PWT training

Participants and Facilitators at the PWT training

Samuel Mutua is the Wildlife Trade Officer for IFAW East Africa.

He is primarily responsible for the planning and coordination of workshops to build the capacity of law enforcement officers in the Prevention of Wildlife Trafficking in the East and Horn of Africa Regions. --JN

Slash and Myles Kennedy: Ivory trade anywhere is a threat to elephants everywhere

May 7 2015

Even though elephants can weigh up to seven tons and most people will never see an elephant in the wild, elephants share some amazing traits with humans.

Elephants show emotions like love and joy. They can express empathy. They are loyal to their families and devoted to their young. They grieve in some of the same ways we do: it’s not uncommon that they’ll keep weeklong vigils over fallen family members, then later revisit their bones.

Ukraine update: Armed gunmen rough up shelter staff, shoot a dog

Mar 27 2015
Hündin Aisya hat die Notoperation gut überstanden.

Shot dog recovering

For many months, danger and chaos have been a part of daily life at the Gorlovka animal shelter in Eastern Ukraine.  And then one day, things got even worse.

Armed gunmen invaded the shelter and stole any supplies they wanted.  They beat all of the shelter workers and fired their weapons at the animals. 

IFAW STATEMENT ON: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows permits for Namibia black rhino trophies

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Mar 26 2015
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Today the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced its decision to allow the importation of sport-hunted black rhino trophies from Namibia, citing “clear conservation benefits”. The permits in question were given to two wealthy American sport hunters who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the opportunity to kill a critically endangered black rhino, of which only 5,000 remain in the world.

Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Cynthia Carson (IFAW US)
Contact phone: 
202-536-1921
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IFAW STATEMENT ON: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows permits for Namibia black rhino trophies

Publication Date: 
Mar 26 2015
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows permits for Namibia black rhino trophies

Today the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced its decision to allow the importation of sport-hunted black rhino trophies from Namibia, citing “clear conservation benefits”. The permits in question were given to two wealthy American sport hunters who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the opportunity to kill a critically endangered black rhino, of which only 5,000 remain in the world.

Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Cynthia Carson (IFAW US)
Contact phone: 
(202) 536-1921
Contact email: