Latest CITES Stories

2009-07-09 12:41:50

Rhino poaching is expected to hit its highest levels in 15 years due to increased demand for the animals' horns in Asia, according to conservationists. "Rhinos are in a desperate situation," according to Heather Sohl of the World Wildlife Fund. "This is the worst rhino poaching we have seen in many years and it is critical for governments to stand up and take action to stop this deadly threat to rhinos worldwide. It is time to crack down on organized criminal elements responsible for this...

2009-06-19 09:11:06

Legal loopholes and insufficient law enforcement mean that Thailand continues to harbor the largest illegal ivory market in Asia, says a new report from the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. The report also raises concerns that legal provisions governing trade in domesticated elephants are providing cover for illegal trade in wild-caught, highly-endangered Asian elephants from both Thailand and neighboring Myanmar. TRAFFIC's survey documented over 26,000 worked ivory products for...

2009-04-28 14:37:00

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Solomon Islands controversial trade in wild-caught dolphins is to be subject to an in-depth review under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as decided by the CITES Animals Committee at its annual meeting last week in Geneva. Evidence from leading cetacean experts in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Cetacean Specialist Group (CSG) reveals a lack of...

2009-04-14 08:49:53

A prohibited primate trade for the purpose of laboratory tests is flourishing in Indonesia even though local and international regulations were created to halt it, a British animal welfare group announced. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) insists that Indonesia be suspended from the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) for permitting the "disturbing trade." BUAV stated that Jakarta is "breaching its own wildlife legislation as well as...

2009-02-18 08:05:16

Indochina's few surviving elephants are under increasing threat from booming illegal ivory prices in Vietnam, according to a new market analysis released today by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. An assessment of the illegal ivory trade in Vietnam said Vietnamese illegal ivory prices could be the highest in the world, with reports of tusks selling for up to USD1500/kg and small, cut pieces selling for up to USD1863/kg. Most of the raw ivory was said to originate from the Lao...

2008-12-29 08:00:00

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New Year should begin well for elephants with eBay's worldwide ban on ivory products set to go into effect January 1, 2009. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) played a key role in the Internet company's decision to ban ivory by providing extensive data to eBay on the buying and selling of illegal wildlife species and products over the Web. "IFAW is grateful to eBay for taking this important step forward for elephant...

2008-10-29 14:09:33

The first U.N.-approved auction of elephant ivory in almost a decade yielded lower prices than many analysts predicted on Tuesday. The first of four auctions by southern African countries saw a total of 7.2 tons of Namibian ivory sold for $1.2 million "“ an average of $164 a kilo to Chinese and Japanese bidders. The auction was the first since 1999, when the average price of ivory was $110 a kilo in an auction to Japanese bidders. Experts expected higher prices in the sale, and...

2008-10-28 21:00:19

The sale of tons of elephant ivory in Namibia this week has conservationists concerned it may trigger widespread poaching of elephants. The $1.18 million ivory sale in Namibia Monday was the first in almost a decade and several more auctions are to take place across the region in the coming weeks, The Times of London reported on its Web site Tuesday. In all, about 108 tons of ivory -- the equivalent to the tusks of 10,000 elephants -- are expected to be sold to Asian buyers, the Times said....

2008-10-28 08:30:00

For almost ten years, it has been illegal to sell ivory in southern Africa, but all that changes Tuesday. The ivory trade was banned globally in 1989 because poaching was decimating elephant populations.Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe will auction more than 100 tons of ivory from stockpiles to buyers from China and Japan. The money raised from ivory will go into elephant conservation projects. Environmentalists say the move encourages poachers in Africa to kill elephants for...

2008-08-07 18:00:49

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird today congratulated Canadian and American enforcement officers for a big victory in the battle against international elephant ivory smuggling. After a multi-year, cross-border investigation, a major ivory smuggler was sentenced to five years in a federal prison in the United States and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000 US. "When it comes to environmental protection, Canada is taking the lead through a...

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