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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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Press Release: U.S. Officials Urged to Deny Elephant Trophy Imports by March 16 Deadline

Press Release: U.S. Officials Urged to Deny Elephant Trophy Imports by March 16 Deadline

By Center for Biological Diversity and The Humane Society of the United States/Humane Society International. Elephant Trophy Trade Contributes to Extinction Risk, Raises Legal Concerns WASHINGTON— Conservation and animal welfare groups urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to deny permits to hunters seeking to import elephant trophies into the United States from Zimbabwe and Namibia. Under a settlement with the Dallas Safari Club, the agency must decide on eight pending permit applications by mid-March following a multi-year permitting hiatus for elephant trophy imports...

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