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Can New Technology Save the North Atlantic Right Whale? Yes, But Only If It’s Used

Earlier this week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report on large whale entanglements, looking at data from 2007 to 2018, and found that entanglements are up significantly, with 80% of those involving fishing gear. 

Why This Matters:  Emerging technologies that eliminate the ropes in the water column have been developed — the “catch” is getting fishers to use it.

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We Need Animals to Survive—But First, We Need to Include Them

We Need Animals to Survive—But First, We Need to Include Them

By Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare It’s often said that dogs are man’s best friend. This common phrase may seem simple to most, but it holds a very important lesson: animals are important to human wellbeing. IFAW’s newest report, Animals are Key to Human Development: A Guidebook for Incorporating Conservation […]

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Poaching on the Rise as Coronavirus Wipes Out Ecotourism

Poaching on the Rise as Coronavirus Wipes Out Ecotourism

While we’ve seen the headlines of animals reclaiming cities and roaming wild as humans are stuck indoors, COVID-19 lockdowns have not been entirely beneficial for wildlife. In fact, in many regions of the world (like India, Southeast Asia, Africa and South America) poaching has increased.  As the Independent explained, “the sudden fall in tourism income […]

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Watching Tiger King? Here’s what you should know (and how you can help)

Watching Tiger King? Here’s what you should know (and how you can help)

By: Carson Barylak, IFAW Programs Manager and Meredith Whitney, IFAW Wildlife Rescue Program Officer.  This blog first appeared on the IFAW web site and is reprinted with their permission. The Netflix docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, has gripped audiences across the world and created countless memes across the internet; the iconic wild animals, complex human […]

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Happiness in the Age of COVID-19

Happiness in the Age of COVID-19

By Beth Allgood,  U.S. Country Director, IFAW In 2013, the United Nations (UN) marked March 20th as the International Day of Happiness to recognize the importance of happiness and well-being in the lives of people around the world. Last year, I attended the launch of the annual UN World Happiness Report in New York. This […]

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Tech Companies Working to Take Wildlife Trafficking Off the Internet Entirely

Tech Companies Working to Take Wildlife Trafficking Off the Internet Entirely

In a new report entitled “Offline and in the Wild released yesterday by the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online, the Coalition, convened by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), TRAFFIC and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), reported removing or blocking over 3 million listings for endangered and threatened species and associated products from their online platforms to date.

Why This Matters:  According to the experts, wildlife traffickers take great advantage of the anonymity of the internet to exploit endangered wildlife.

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Will We Learn Our Lesson from the Coronavirus Epidemic?

Will We Learn Our Lesson from the Coronavirus Epidemic?

by Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director of Asia, International Fund for Animal Welfare   One billboard at Wuhan Huanan live animal market, where scientists believe the Coronavirus has originated, sends a shiver down my spine. The sign from the store with “wild tastes” in its name reads like a zoo’s exotic animal collection mixed with […]

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When Extinction is Simply Not an Option

When Extinction is Simply Not an Option

by CT Harry, Marine Campaigner, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)   North Atlantic right whales once numbered tens of thousands in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the Labrador Sea to the coast of Florida. They were nearly driven extinct by whaling at the turn of the century and, tragically, once again, are […]

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The Use of Cyanide Bombs in Predator Culling Left Uncertain by EPA

Sodium cyanide “bombs” or M-44s are devices used to kill predators by the USDA’s Wildlife Services in Western states where ranchers complain that these animals kill their herds. This outdated method of killing “nuisance” animals is not only inhumane but also not effective in protecting livestock. Additionally, these devices also kill pets and nearly killed […]

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LA Wildlife Bridge On-Track for Completion in 2023

LA Wildlife Bridge On-Track for Completion in 2023

We’ve written before about the City of Los Angeles’ efforts to help protect endangered mountain lion populations in the city. There had been several ideas about how a wildlife corridor might be built in a city as bustling and populated as LA, but now officials are one step closer to building the world’s largest wildlife […]

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The Endangered Species Act Is Now the One That Is Endangered

The Endangered Species Act Is Now the One That Is Endangered

By Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare According to a 2019 independent survey conducted on behalf of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), a vast majority of Americans affirmed that it is ‘very important’ for the United States to protect endangered species both domestically and across the globe. Three in […]

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Backyard Wildlife Encounters are Increasing, What Can You Do?

Backyard Wildlife Encounters are Increasing, What Can You Do?

Encounters with wildlife are becoming more common in towns and neighborhoods as urbanization increases, yet people are generally unaware of how to handle these encounters which are resulting in an increased risk for both humans and animals. And because of habitat loss to fragmentation, urbanization and expanding agricultural production, suburban and urban spaces are becoming […]

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