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Press Release:  137 NGOs, one demand: ban trophy hunting

Press Release: 137 NGOs, one demand: ban trophy hunting

Fondation Franz Weber, Born Free et al With a coalition of 137 non-governmental organizations, FFW is calling for a ban on the cruel practice of trophy hunting. In the face of the unprecedented man-made global biodiversity crisis, in which species survival is threatened by multiple factors including habitat loss and degradation, overexploitation, climate change, and pollution, trophy hunting puts an additional pressure on already threatened species. While the solutions to most threats are complex, in the case of trophy hunting, banning imports can be a straightforward mechanism to help...

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Press Release: CITES Standing Committee Agrees that Countries Must Continue to Report on their Domestic Ivory Markets

Press Release: CITES Standing Committee Agrees that Countries Must Continue to Report on their Domestic Ivory Markets

The Standing Committee of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), at its meeting in Lyon, France, today agreed that countries must continue to report on their domestic ivory markets.    CITES Decision 18.117, adopted in 2019, directed countries “that have not closed their domestic markets… to report to the Secretariat for consideration by the Standing Committee…on what measures they are taking to ensure that their domestic ivory markets are not contributing to poaching or illegal trade”.  But in Standing Committee Document 39, the...

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Press Release: Namibia exports 22 Wild elephants in blatant disregard of international law

Press Release: Namibia exports 22 Wild elephants in blatant disregard of international law

By Fondation Franz Weber Namibia exports 22 wild elephants in blatant disregard of international law On the 6th March 2022, the Namibian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) finally admitted in an emailed statement that it has exported 22 wild-caught elephants likely to Al Ain Zoo in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The exports were confirmed just one day before a meeting in Lyon, France of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), during which countries are set to examine the legality of Namibia’s actions. The MEFT...

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Press Release: Campaigners and Nations Step Up Efforts to Close Ivory Market in Japan

Press Release: Campaigners and Nations Step Up Efforts to Close Ivory Market in Japan

CITES Standing Committee 74, Lyon France 7-11 March 2022 The first in-person meeting since 2019 of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) opens Monday 7 March in Lyon, France.  The loaded agenda for the 74th Standing Committee contains 89 items related to the protection of more than 30 species and taxa of plants and animals.  Most prominent among them, as usual, are Africa’s elephants, including issues on live trade in elephants, management of ivory stockpiles, and the closure of domestic ivory markets. Since a recommendation...

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