Another Missed Opportunity by CITES

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In early September 2016, the renowned body of scientists, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) passed Motion 009  – “the prohibition by the South African Government on the capture of wild lions for breeding or keeping in captivity.“ IUCN Motion 009 – “Terminating the hunting of captive-bred lions (Panthera leo) and other predators …

Global March for Elephant and Rhino

Global March for Elephants and Rhino

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CITES Conference of Parties (CoP17), 24 Sept – 5 October 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa 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 …

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“The Ghosts of Africa” lost to Hunting and Poaching

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By guest writer, Andrew Van Ginkel, Durban, South Africa Trophy Hunting           | Poaching                             | Unethical Breeding Pay money to kill        | Kill to make money      | Making a killing Trophy hunters shoot more animals in South Africa each year (almost 50,000 animals were shot by trophy hunters in …


Kenya and Wildlife Conservation

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Banner Image Courtesy of IFAW A guest article by Jane Sandon-Allum (UK) – Two Million Tusks Kenya and Trophy Hunting Having read a number of the comments on the “Hunters Conserve Wildlife” debate, I noticed in particular hunters’ comments about Kenya and the decline in wildlife “due to Kenya’s hunting ban” which …


Trophy Hunting and ‘Conservation’

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Banner: Photo by Hans Stieglitz via Wikimedia Commons In the past week or so, we have had some horrific numbers on poaching and the trade in trafficked animals parts, but also at the start of the month, the Namibian Cabinet announced via Information Minister, Tjekero Tweya, 3 March 2016, that …


The ‘Theatre’ of Wildlife Decimation

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In the war-like ‘theatre’ of organised wildlife crime, versus the authorities and anti-poaching units, where is the current ‘balance’ in this blood filled battle? Ultimately, where are we heading with regard to threatened species? Elephant Poaching Based on CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and …

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IWB Petition to the UK Government

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Call to enhance protection of White and Black rhinoceros, African lions and African elephants IWB Petition to the UK Government  Petition open to British Citizens and UK Residents only At 10,000 signatures we get a response from the government. At 100,000 signatures our petition will be considered for a debate in Parliament. ____________________________________________________ Current …


IWB writes to DEFRA about UK position in the upcoming CITES meeting

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The IWB has written to The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ask what the United Kingdom will be doing to protect engendered and threatened species, particularly with the forthcoming opportunity to take a stance at the Conference of the Parties …