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Press Release: Wildlife campaigners and partners deeply saddened as Riff Raff the ‘problem’ elephant is destroyed despite huge efforts to save him

Press Release: Wildlife campaigners and partners deeply saddened as Riff Raff the ‘problem’ elephant is destroyed despite huge efforts to save him

By Humane Society International (HSI)  Humane Society International says Riff Raff is a victim of wildlife policy failings and growing problem of South Africa’s human-elephant conflict  CAPE TOWN (18 Nov. 2020) – Wildlife campaigners at Humane Society International-Africa (HSI-Africa) have expressed their deep sadness and frustration after a three-year effort failed to save the life of Riff Raff the bull elephant dubbed a ‘problem’ animal for trampling fences erected through his range.  For the past three years, HSI-Africa has worked to protect the 45+ year old bull elephant...

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Press Release: IPBES #PandemicsReport: Escaping the ‘Era of Pandemics’

Press Release: IPBES #PandemicsReport: Escaping the ‘Era of Pandemics’

By Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Escaping the ‘Era of Pandemics’: Experts Warn Worse Crises to Come Options Offered to Reduce Risk Highlights: Intergovernmental Council on Pandemic Prevention;Addressing risk drivers including deforestation & wildlife trade;Tax high pandemic-risk activities 540,000 - 850,000 unknown viruses in nature could still infect people;More frequent, deadly and costly pandemics forecast;Current economic impacts are 100 times the estimated cost of prevention Future pandemics will emerge more often, spread...

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Press Release: TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online

Press Release: TRAFFIC launches Elephant Trade Information System Online

Cambridge, Geneva, 15th October 2020 — ETIS Online, a new onlineplatform for the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) was launchedtoday by TRAFFIC. The new website, named ETIS Online, was produced following a requestmade at the 69th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in 2017. Thesite aims to bolster the collection of data on seizures involvingelephant specimens and access to such data by submitting Parties. Thenew functionalities will facilitate enriching data available foranalysis to inform international policy relating to preventing andaddressing illegal ivory trade. The new...

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Press Release: Wildlife crime could be a source of future pandemics; tackling it must be embedded into international criminal law

Press Release: Wildlife crime could be a source of future pandemics; tackling it must be embedded into international criminal law

HONG KONG, 14 October 2020 – The Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime today released details of a possible new groundbreaking legal agreement on tackling wildlife crime that could help avoid future wildlife-related pandemics. The form of this agreement would be a Protocol under the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), the main international legal instrument in the fight against transnational crime. “The current international legal framework for addressing wildlife crime is inadequate and it leaves us vulnerable to future wildlife-related pandemics,”...

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