ARTICLES RELATING TO CITES

SA scores as EU plugs hunting loophole

2015-02-04 23:29

The EU has closed a major loophole exploited by criminal gangs trafficking in high-value hunting trophies that carry tusks and horns, especially illegal rhino horn from South Africa.

Zimbabwe exports elephants in population curb

2014-12-25 07:51

Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe has announced plans to export at least 62 elephants to top up scant state funding and curb a ballooning pachyderm population.

25% of ivory sold in China is illegal

2014-12-09 13:27

About a quarter of elephant ivory sold in retail outlets in Beijing and Shanghai is illegal, a report issued by two charities says.

Chinese officials 'went on illegal ivory buying sprees'

2014-11-06 08:49

Chinese diplomatic and military staff went on buying sprees for illegal ivory while on official visits to Tanzania, sending prices soaring, an environmental activist group says.

New curbs on threatened shark trade

2014-09-11 17:48

Seven threatened species of shark and ray are to get greater protection, as a historic agreement aimed at safeguarding the world's oldest predator takes effect.

Elephant killings in Africa outpace births: study

2014-08-18 23:33

More elephants in Africa are being killed by poachers than are born each year, and the problem may be worse than previously understood, according to the most detailed assessment yet.

Wealthy diners driving pangolin to extinction

2014-07-29 08:18

Some wild mammal species are being driven to extinction for their fur, hides, horns or tusks, but the pangolin is being eaten out of existence by wealthy humans.

Some Chinese will 'eat anything with 4 legs'

2014-07-07 07:29

The diners of southern China have long had a reputation for exotic tastes, with locals sometimes boasting they will 'eat anything with four legs except a table'.

Ivory, charcoal funds criminal, terror groups

2014-06-25 06:46

Illegal charcoal, logging, ivory trading finances criminal and terrorist groups a UN group says.

WWF raises alarm over Mozambique elephant killings

2014-06-20 15:17

The WWF has raised the alarm over plummeting elephant populations in Mozambique after an aerial survey showed ivory poaching is decimating herds in the country.

 

Zimbabwe to sell elephants

2015-01-16 17:14

Zimbabwe says it is cash-strapped and will export elephants for funds despite objections.

Illegal wild cat trade thriving in China

2014-12-22 17:22

The illegal trade in tiger and other wild cat parts from Myanmar into China has grown, a survey says, while the same trade into Thailand has diminished.

Legalising rhino horn trade may 'pull the rug out from under crime syndicates'

2014-11-13 12:52

Legalising rhino poaching may pull the rug out from under crime syndicates by forcing down the price of rhino horn and removing the incentive to poach, say environmentalists.

Interpol makes illegal ivory trafficking a priority

2014-10-08 08:22

International police organisation Interpol has announced it would establish a team to target ivory trafficking and more generally, environmental crime, in Africa.

Mozambique cracks ivory poaching ring

2014-09-10 15:55

Wildlife campaigners in Mozambique say police have cracked an ivory poaching ring believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least 39 elephants.

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known animals

2014-08-18 09:44

Indian wildlife poachers have begun to think smaller. And activists say the country's lesser-known species are vanishing from the wild as a result.

Molewa: No decision yet on rhino horn sales

2014-07-17 21:52

No decision has been taken yet on whether South Africa will seek permission from Cites to sell its 18-ton stockpile of rhino horn.

Thai ivory boom fuelling Africa elephant crisis

2014-07-02 19:24

Thailand's "out of control" ivory market is driving Africa's elephant poaching crisis, conservationists have warned, accusing the kingdom of backsliding on its pledges.

Cites calls for less talk, more action

2014-06-23 18:16

A wildlife protection agency has demanded less talk and more action against the poaching of elephants and other animals, saying it was time for the same "frontline" tactics used against human traffickers and drug gangs.

Togo's top ivory dealer only gets 2 years

2014-06-19 10:47

A shop owner dubbed 'Le Patron' because of his status as Togo's top ivory smuggler has been jailed for two years for possessing more than 700kg of elephant tusks.

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