The Good, the Bad and the Endangered: Wildlife Wins and Losses at CITES Standing Committee

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Banner image courtesy of the Environmental Investigation Agency The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has reported from the 69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee (SC69) in Geneva, Switzerland. What is striking is the level of prevarication evident within CITES – endless further reporting  needed when the negative facts are already documented and …

The “800 skeletons” – “captive produced lion bone trade under the quota system”

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Petition –  “End the export of captive-bred African lion parts from South Africa“ – Humane Society International Petition – “URGENT: Stop the Export of 800 Lion Skeletons from South Africa to Asia“ Petition – “Lions denied proper protection at CITES CoP17” – Captured in Africa Foundation   During the October …

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 …

Support for European Union Proposed Trophy Hunting Resolution

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  Update (6 October 2016): Hunting Trophies resolution passed at CoP17 To: European Union Member State Environment Ministers September 2016 International regulations concerning hunting trophies of species listed on the CITES Appendices Dear Minister, The signatories to this letter, representing a wide range of international organisations with an interest in …

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 …

Is South Africa a Worthy CoP17 Host?

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In September 2016, CITES will convene the Conference of Parties (CoP17) in Johannesburg, South Africa. However, questions have to be raised of the host nation, namely the South African Minister for Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa who will be welcoming delegates and hosting events at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. This is …