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2010-03-22 09:02:00

DOHA, Qatar, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stricter measures to control the illegal trade in wildlife over the Internet were endorsed today at the 15(th) Conference of the Parties (CoP 15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting in Doha. "Trade over the Internet poses one of the greatest threats to wildlife and undermines the CITES treaty itself," said IFAW's Paul Todd. "It is a vast global network that provides the...

2010-03-22 08:51:00

DOHA, Qatar, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Parties voted to continue protection for Tanzanian elephants by retaining their listing on Appendix I, and rejecting a request for a one-off ivory sale today at the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP 15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting in Doha. "Fighting to save these elephants paid off today with Parties taking note of the science demonstrating that Tanzanian elephants...

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2010-03-22 06:17:47

A UN agency shot down a proposal made to monitor the trade of declining stocks of valuable corals just days after nixing a ban on bluefin tuna, a move that has many fearing that the body may not be able to keep a close eye on high-value species. The Conference on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Doha rejected the proposal despite an 85 percent decline in global harvests of precious red and pink coral since 1980. Environmentalists condemned the decision, warning...

2010-03-19 15:15:00

WASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has appealed to President Obama and the US government to support Kenya, the birthplace of Obama's father, which is leading efforts by 20 African nations to maintain elephant protection and oppose ivory trade at the CITES meeting in Doha. On Monday delegates will vote on whether to "downlist" elephant populations from Zambia and Tanzania from the protected level of "Appendix 1" to enable resumed...

2010-03-18 07:15:00

DOHA, Qatar, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ignoring the plight of polar bears, CITES Parties gathered in Doha at the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP 15) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted to hasten the polar bear's demise by failing to support an uplisting to Appendix I which would have banned all international commercial trade in the bears and their parts. "CITES parties have turned their backs on this iconic...

2010-03-17 15:55:00

Doha, Qatar "“ Urgent law enforcement action by governments in Central and West Africa and South-east Asia is crucial to addressing the illicit ivory trade, according to a new analysis of elephant trade data released today. Detailed regional summaries of the data held in the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), the world's largest database on ivory seizures, highlight the failure of law enforcement in key elephant range States facing an increasing threat from organised crime and...

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2010-03-16 12:33:49

The black market trade of African ivory has been linked to Asian crime organizations and may affect the efforts made by Zambia and Tanzania to sell off their legally acquired tusks, according to experts at a UN wildlife trade meeting. When the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species last held a conference in 2007, they voted on a nine-year suspension on exports of African ivory. The ban started in 2008, after South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe had a one-time sale of...

2010-03-16 11:13:42

Porous borders are allowing vendors in Myanmar to offer a door-to-door delivery service for illegal wildlife products such as tiger bone wine to buyers in China, according to TRAFFIC's latest snapshot into wildlife trade in China. The State of Wildlife Trade in China 2008, released this week, is the third in an annual series on emerging trends in China's wildlife trade. The report found that over-exploitation of wildlife for trade has affected many species and is stimulating illegal trade...

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2010-03-15 15:03:28

A UN wildlife leader said on Monday that almost 4 decades of work to try to save tigers in the wild has "failed miserably", and warned that the large cat is on the brink of extinction. "If we use tiger numbers as a performance indicator, then we must admit that we have failed miserably and that we are continuing to fail," said Willem Wijnstekers, secretary general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). "2010 is the Chinese Year of the Tiger and the...

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2010-03-15 13:42:42

Doha, Qatar "“ A little-known Iranian salamander is poised to become the first example of a species requiring international government protection because of e-commerce "“ a major threat to endangered wildlife that authorities are struggling to address. The Kaiser's spotted newt, found only in Iran, is considered Critically Endangered and is believed to number fewer than 1,000 mature wild individuals. The amphibian is being proposed for an Appendix I listing during a meeting of...


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