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2008-07-16 09:00:45

By Michael McCarthy; Colin Brown China was given permission to become a licensed buyer of ivory yesterday, provoking widespread condemnation from environmentalists and politicians, who said the move was a grave threat to the future of wild elephants in Africa and Asia. The British Government came in for fierce criticism after voting - as forecast by The Independent - for China at a UN meeting in Geneva, despite opposition from several African countries. The Green MEP Caroline Lucas...

2008-07-16 03:00:29

Despite strong objections from conservation groups, a United Nations agency has approved the sale of African elephant ivory to China. Meeting in Geneva, the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species by a majority vote said China qualified for the import because it has dramatically improved its enforcement of ivory rules, Xinhua reported Wednesday. The decision will allow China to bid on a stock of more than 100 tons of ivory obtained from culling and from elephants that...

2008-07-14 18:00:21

Wildlife trade and resulting species decline are the topics at an international convention in Switzerland on endangered species of wildlife and native plants. Innovative and courageous solutions are required to correct the spiral of species decline, Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora said Monday in a statement at the start of the conference. Representatives from the 173 CITES member nations will...

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2007-05-31 15:17:30

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Banning the trade in endangered wildlife can actually result in increased trade in the animals and their parts, a report published Thursday said. The finding, reported in the journal Nature, is likely to fuel debate among conservationists who disagree over how to best curb the trade in endangered species. Signatories to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or CITES are due to gather in the Hague starting June 3 to consider revising the list of...

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2007-05-30 18:00:00

By ARTHUR MAX THE HAGUE, Netherlands - If you think the problem of endangered species is all about tigers, elephants and orangutans, ask a violinist where he gets his bow. The best violin bows are made from pau brasil, a tree from the Brazilian rain forest that has been exploited for 500 years, and was once so economically vital for the red dye it produced that it gave its name to the only country where it grows. Pau brasil is among dozens of plants and animals threatened with extinction...

2006-04-05 19:12:03

By Christopher Thompson LUANDA (Reuters) - Angola's illegal trade in ivory tusks has doubled in the past year, dealing a further blow to efforts to stamp out elephant poaching, according to a new report by wildlife watchdogs TRAFFIC and WWF International. "Four years on from the end of the Angolan Civil War, the bloody plight of the country's elephants is worsening with a doubling in the illegal ivory trade over the last 12 to 18 months," according to the TRAFFIC report. The report...

2006-01-03 09:05:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it would not approve 2006 caviar export quotas for the Caspian Sea basin, where most of the delicacy is produced, until it had more information on stock levels and illegal sales. The decision, in effect an export ban, covers foreign sales from Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan, which were allowed to ship 105,000 kg of caviar and other sturgeon products in 2005. The U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild...


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