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Head of CITES says no to rhino trade

An interview with the CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, about trade in wildlife products and poaching of wild animals.

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Legalising the trade in rhino horn and a wilderness of greed

South Africa is pushing hard for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn. With more than 20 tonnes of stockpiled horn the country stands to make a fortune if the CITES ban on the trade is lifted.

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Ivory Trade Nations Face Threat of Sanctions

Original source Top conservation organizations warned Wednesday that the illegal ivory trade is hastening the decline of Africa’s already endangered elephant population, and said they are ready to punish nations that are lax in fighting the problem. “Globally, illegal ivory trade activity has more than doubled since 2007, and is now over three times larger …

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Tanzania Withdraws Proposal to Downlist Elephants

Earlier this year Tanzania applied to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for permission to hold a one-off sale of 101 tonnes of stockpiled ivory and to reduce protection for its elephant population. The African country intended to seek approval for trade in hunting trophies for non-commercial …

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Bleak News For Rhino – Vietnam Fails to Sign

The Mail & Guardian has reported that Vietnam has FAILED to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with South Africa that would have addressed the rhino poaching crisis. According to Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) spokesperson, Roopa Singh, the MoU wasn’t signed because the relevant government minister from Vietnam was ‘unavailable’. Both countries are attending a CITES …

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Elephant Ivory – the deadly new currency in China

The demand for elephant ivory in China is growing as wealthy Chinese citizens begin to see the ‘white gold’ as a private and business investment option. This coincides with a rise in poaching that is, arguably, as high as those in the 1980s, before ivory trade was banned. Grace Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for IFAW, …

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More lion statistics

The CITES stats I referred to in a previous blog are a comprehensive set of numbers covering everything from trophies to the export of claws and other body parts for 2008/9. They make for astounding reading and give a clear picture of how extensive breeding, trading and hunting has become in South Africa. Because supplying …

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Canned lion hunting in Botwana?

I have for a number of years been warning that canned hunting is on its way to Botswana. After taking a thorough look at the latest export and import statistics for lion Panther leo issued by CITES in South Africa, I am now almost certain that these and other associated practices are already taking place, …

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Ivory traders get tusked

Ring one up for the elephants! The most recent CITES meeting in Doha, Qatar has drawn to a close and amongst the numerous resolutions, there was a significant victory for elephants and those opposed to the ivory trade. The proposals from Tanzania and Zambia to downgrade the conservation status of their elephant populations and to …

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The ivory trade and CITES

So, wild dogs are not on the agenda at the upcoming CITES meeting in Qatar, but elephants are. And, as has so often been the case in the recent past, it’s the trade in their ivory that will again be the headline issue. Picture: Ian Michler In this instance, it’s Tanzania and Zambia that are …

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