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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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Press Release: Incident in W National Park (Benin)

Press Release: Incident in W National Park (Benin)

By African Parks It is with deep regret that we share that yesterday, in the afternoon of Tuesday February 8, a team of rangers was ambushed in W National Park in Benin, while carrying out a patrol at the northern limit of the Park where it intersects with Burkina Faso and Niger. Initial reports indicate that tragically five rangers and one member of the Benin Armed Forces (FAB) have been killed, with 10 more injured. Reinforcements from the FAB and additional rangers have currently been deployed on the ground. We continue to work closely with the Government of Benin and all local...

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Press Release: Tanzanian Government prepares to evict thousands of Indigenous Maasai residents to make space for trophy hunting and elite tourism

Press Release: Tanzanian Government prepares to evict thousands of Indigenous Maasai residents to make space for trophy hunting and elite tourism

By Forest Peoples Programme “We have nowhere else to go. Losing this land will mean the extinction of our community.” On January 21,  2022 the Tanzanian government began demarcating 1500 sq km of disputed land in Loliondo, resuming previous contentious plans to make way for elite tourism and trophy hunting. Plans are to evict tens of thousands of local Maasai residents to create a “protected” area in Loliondo, with police preparing to use force on those who refuse to leave. Over one thousand community members  gathered to protest at the place of demarcation on January 21, 2022,...

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