As we approach the CITES (CoP17), there are proposals for key African species:
- ‘Uplist’ the African lion (Panthera leo) to CITES Appendix I;
- Inclusion of all populations of Loxodonta africana (African elephant) in Appendix I through the transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I of the populations of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
But when it comes to the rhino, the proposal to withdraw hunting exemptions are currently lacking (South Africa and Swaziland), but with an exploitative, rhino horn harvesting proposal instead submitted by Swaziland.
Make you voice heard at the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos World Wide Cities and Events – UK events:
Petition – “CITES Upgrade our Rhino to Appendix I!“
Not forgetting lions – Petition – “Join Cecil the Lion in his call to UN/UNESCO to establish “World Heritage Species” program“
- “African countries deeply divided over ivory trade before U.N. meeting“(CITES CoP17), Reuters, 8 May 2016
- “CITES Appendix I listing propsoed for African lions,” Annamiticus, 16 May 2016