Thankfully, permit for US hunter to kill black rhino remains stalled

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The twisted claims that selling trophy hunts to kill rhinos will save rhinos are nothing more than excuses for individuals to gleefully show off their evidence that they’ve killed an endangered species.

The news about the auction held last January for the permit spread around the news and Internet sites. Hopefully, the negative blow back has helped to stall the permit from going through.

CNN’s update on the story notes the auction was sponsored by the Dallas Safari Club and that and the club and the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism claimed the funds raised would be donated to “conservation and anti-poaching efforts.”

A permit to transport the body parts – as so-called “trophies” – back to the United States. But the article reports some great news. Over 15,000 comments, opposing the permit, were received by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, within the 30-day comment period.

There are only an estimated 5,000 black rhinos left on the planet. Killing them to save them makes little sense. I know the claim is that only older members of the herd are selected for this sort of auction. And I noted the claim that they are no longer of value to the herd.

But these claims apparently come from people who actually put little value on the lives on animals. These rhinos are living, feeling animals who experience emotion and have the capacity to suffer.

And of course, the primary question to ask is this: If the mission is to save the rhinos, why not just donate the funds and travel there to photograph a rhino, rather than kill them?

Jeffrey Flocken said it best in the article:

“They need to be protected, not sold to the highest bidder,” said Jeffrey Flocken of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

“It’s a farce to say that this is being done for conservation,” Flocken said. “It’s saying the rarity of this animal is worth more dead than alive.”

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IFAW praises New York bill to ban sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare submitted the following press release concerning a bill in New York to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn:

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IFAW Statement on New York Ivory Ban: We Love New York

Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2014) – Jeffrey Flocken, North American Regional Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement regarding a bill passed last week by the New York state legislature which bans  the sale and purchase of elephant and mammoth ivory and rhino horn:

“A big victory for endangered elephants and rhinos, as New York enacts a landmark law to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn.

These bans are important tools for regulating, and, we hope, eventually ending the ivory and rhino horn trade. Every 15 minutes on average, an African elephant is slaughtered for its ivory tusks to support a mass consumer demand. Rhinos, which are also poached for their horns, are similarly threatened. The U.S. ranks as one of the largest ivory consumers in the world and New York serves as one its biggest entry points and markets.

Promising regulations are gathering momentum at the federal level. As one of the first states to pass such legislation, New York is carving a path for others to follow.

We love New York’s actions and congratulate and thank our coalition partners in encouraging the passage of these bills.”

To learn more about IFAW’s work to crush the ivory trade, please visit

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Hall of Fame drummer drums up support for ivory ban

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I just received the following release from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW):

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Matt Sorum Drums Up Musicians’ Support for U.S. Ivory Ban

(Washington, D.C. – June 4, 2014) – Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, legendary Grammy Award-winning drummer of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult and Kings of Chaos, and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) supporter Matt Sorum, penned an open letter urging fellow musicians to support the U.S. government’s National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, which seeks to dramatically reduce the U.S. role in elephant poaching by enacting new rules on ivory trade.

Under the new regulations, owners of ivory objects would still be allowed to own their items, or give them as a non-commercial gift. However, owners (including musicians with instruments that include ivory) would not be allowed to sell them without removing and replacing the ivory first. Additionally, musicians would need to secure proper documentation before they travel with their instruments overseas.

As Sorum noted in the letter, “This is an issue that needs the attention and support of the music community. We need to be a part of the solution, not the problem.  As much as we all love our instruments, they are in the end just things – not worth contributing to the demise of a species.”

Elephants are being poached for their ivory at an alarming rate. The elephant population in Africa has declined up to 95 percent in the last century, and on average, poachers are killing one elephant every fifteen minutes. Some populations are well on the path to extinction.

“Elephants are in crisis. This rule will bring about meaningful action to reduce the amount of illegal ivory smuggled into the country, while helping to protect this dynamic and most intelligent species. But we need the support of many stakeholders to ensure its success,” added Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director, IFAW. “We thank Matt for bringing attention to this important issue and hope fellow musicians will band together to protect elephants.”

Sorum is among many celebrities supporting the ivory sale ban. In April, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Goodall and Dave Matthews, alongside a coalition of businesses and conservation organizations, signed a letter to the Administration commending them for their actions to protect elephants.

To read Sorum’s letter, visit Learn more about IFAW’s work to protect elephants.
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IFAW to stay away from the horrible spring seal hunt in Canada

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare has decided to not attend the spring seal hunt in Canada, to avoid confrontations with hunters on the Atlantic sea ice.

This is a brutal practice and one fueled by GREED, as a lot of the torturing of animals is fueled by GREED. But the IFAW has decided to focus its efforts this year on politicians, in the movement to ban the seal hunt.

The IFAW is calling the annual beating death of seals for their fur – “obsolete” in a CBC News article. The Canadian Fisheries Minister’s office sent an email to the CBC, stating the government…

“… supports the sustainable and well-managed seal harvest, which continues to be an economic and cultural activity in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and the Arctic.”

Humane Society International will reportedly have observers out by mid-April.

The European Union has banned the sale of seal products, but the governments of Canada and Norway are challenging the ban. So these two governments want to force other countries to allow particular products through their boarders. It’s a boldly asinine stand.

A Herald News article uses the term “dying” to describe the Canadian seal hunts. The story also reports a bill to shut down the seal hunt did not make it off the Canadian Senate floor in February.

But there is a bit of better news in the text –

The hunt has dwindled by about 90 per cent since 2004. Only one-tenth of the annual harp seal quota of 400,000 is now harvested.

CTV News also covered the news.

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IFAW releases results from investigation into online puppy sales

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Since the word hasn’t reached everyone about the importance and benefits of adopting homeless pets, the push continues to inform the general public about the dangers of buying puppies, kittens and other pets online or in stores.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) requested that I publish the following report from its investigation into online puppy sales:

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New study investigates the Internet puppy trade across the U.S.
Actor, Writer Ben Stein joins IFAW in urging consumers to think twice before purchasing a dog online

(Washington, DC – December 11, 2012) – A new investigation into online puppy sales highlights the problem of the Internet being used as a tool for exploiting dogs and consumers.

To bring awareness to the magnitude of the issue, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW- ) today released its latest investigative report, How Much is that Doggie on my Browser? The Truth Behind Online Puppy Sales, marking the first publicly available large-scale examination of the connection between Internet puppy sales and suspected puppy mill operations. Continue reading

Canadian government goes crybaby on European seal product ban

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The top level of the Canadian government is continuing its bizarre and all-in support of beating seal pups to death for their body parts. Are these people channeling their inner US Rep. Steve King or something?

Defending this level of cruelty is bad enough on a basic level, but this insistence that other countries must be forced to support the cruelty by being forced to buy the products is off the charts.

Thankfully, groups like the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are speaking out for the seals.

Pack Lines Headlines: Animal welfare, budget cuts, puppy mill petition

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IFAW – Within the animal welfare movement, reasons for hope: An editorial ran Dec. 23 with this headline on the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s website.

The piece reflects on areas of success such as the European Union ban on seal products and an increase in the survival rate for stranded marine mammals on Cape Cod.

Low income spay-neuter program defunded in Missouri: The Kansas City Star reports a spay-neuter program for low-income families has been defunded in Jackson County.

It’s a bass-akwards way to cut a budget, when the costs for operating shelters will rise with more pets being born into homelessness.

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IFAW names Leonardo DiCaprio global ambassador

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Leonardo DiCaprio has been named as the global ambassador for the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Animal Action campaign“Elephants, Never Forget.”

I gotta hand it to DiCaprio, he certainly has taken to heart a number of environmental and animal causes. His first mission in this new role is to raise awareness concerning the ivory trade and its threat to elephant populations.

The ivory trade was banned in 1989, but it has barely slowed down the evil poachers who continue to send elephants closer to extinction. But the poachers exist because clueless and sick individuals continue to buy ivory products.

The Earth Times reports an estimated 1.3 million elephants roamed the Earth in 1979. That number has dropped to around half a million today.

For more information about this and other important campaigns by the IFAW, go to this LINK.

New stamps to help endangered animals

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In checking out the International Fund for Animal Welfare website for the previous post concerning the evacuation of animals in Japan, I found a bit of new about a great new postage stamp series.

The new 55-cent stamps will go on sale in September and all net proceeds will go to the Multinational Species Conservation Fund (MSCF). The United States Fish and Wildlife Service program “allocates grants for on-the-ground conservation projects for African and Asian elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes and marine turtles.”

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Japanese government finally getting onboard to help animals in evacuation zone

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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) recently led a summit in Japan to offer safe methods to remove abandoned pets from the evacuation zone near the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. In response, the Japanese government is finally on board to open the door for the evacuation and treatment of animals contaminated by the radiation.

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