ARTICLES RELATING TO CITES

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.

20 000 elephants poached in Africa in 2013

2014-06-13 12:09

An international wildlife regulator says more than 20 000 elephants were poached last year in Africa, where large seizures of smuggled ivory eclipsed those in Asia for the first time.

Mozambique: Harder sentences for rhino poachers

2014-04-24 15:16

The government of Mozambique has placed tougher penalties and sentences for rhino poachers, seen by many as a step in the right direction.

Illegal ivory crushed in Paris

2014-02-06 21:15

Three tons of illegal ivory has been crushed in Paris in Europe's first destruction of a stockpile of the banned elephant tusks.

Ivory seizures swell hidden Hong Kong cache

2013-11-18 10:23

Hong Kong is resisting destruction of illicit ivory as seizures swell its well-guarded cache of 30 metric tons, sparking fears of corruption as its demand on the black market increases.

Thai police seize nearly 200 pangolins

2013-09-17 16:10

Thai police have said they had seized almost 200 live protected pangolins, which are prized in China and Vietnam as an exotic meal and for use in traditional medicine.

SA rhino to approach population decline

2013-08-20 10:40

With over 500 rhino killed in South Africa this year, the point is nearing where the population will begin to decline, the WWF has said.

Smugglers disguise ivory as fish exports

2013-07-03 13:32

Officials at the Kenyan port of Mombasa say they have impounded a substantial consignment of ivory disguised as dry fish exports to Asia.

New Caledonia bans shark fishing

2013-04-24 21:17

The government of the Pacific paradise of New Caledonia has decided to ban fishing of sharks, which are being decimated to feed the growing demand for luxury goods.

Sharks, elephants get official support

2013-03-14 19:19

A major meeting on the plight of endangered species has wrapped up with a victory for shark conservationists and increased pressure on countries to curb rampant illegal trade in ivory.

Trade of endangered sharks banned

2013-03-11 16:24

An international conference has voted to ban trade in some shark species whose populations have fallen to crisis levels due in part to demand from China.

Tasmanian tiger no longer protected

2013-03-07 22:22

A ban on the international trade of the Tasmanian tiger, the buff-nosed kangaroo rat and the pig-footed bandicoot has been lifted.

End poverty, preserve heritage - Molewa

2013-03-05 20:59

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa believes the fight against poverty should be part of the battle against poaching.

Forest elephant population down 62%

2013-03-05 15:26

Central Africa's forest elephant population has declined 62% over the past decade, due mainly to poaching to feed Asia's demand for ivory, a conservation group says.

Thai PM vows to end ivory trade

2013-03-03 20:07

The Thai PM has vowed to end the ivory trade, but has given no date as activists say the elephant slaughter goes on.

Ivory laundering in Thailand

2013-03-01 14:26

Thailand allows its nationals to trade in ivory from elephants that have died of natural causes inside its borders. But activists say ivory from Africa is "laundered" through the country.

Illegal wildlife trade must be stopped

2013-01-25 19:52

Illegal trade in wildlife products like ivory and rhino horn must be treated as a serious crime in order to end the devastating poaching of protected species, the head of UN wildlife trade regulator Cites says.

Big Asia wildlife traffickers untouchable

2012-08-15 21:21

The Mr Bigs of wildlife trafficking profit from Asia's lax laws, corruption and sheer size.

Ivory trade debate at UN body

2012-07-23 15:01

A call to resume the legal ivory trade as one means of fighting elephant poaching in Africa is expected to dominate debate at a UN conservation meeting.

Minister cracks whip on horn stockpiles

2012-04-05 21:02

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has urged private landowners who are in possession of rhino horn stockpiles to register them.

Big cat trade a killer

2011-06-13 21:37

The legal and illegal trade of leopards and cheetah in South Africa is impacting on the two species' populations, the Endangered Wildlife Trust says.

 

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.

LRA massacres 68 elephants in DRC

2014-06-14 10:30

National park group have sounded the alarm over LRA poacher attacks on elephants in DRC's Garamba park.

Man convicted over orangutan, tiger skulls

2014-05-03 07:27

A man has been convicted on 24 charges of possessing illegal wildlife products, including orangutan and tiger skulls, following the biggest seizure of such items in Australian history.

Pressure on Moz over anti-rhino poaching approach

2014-03-23 22:11

Mozambique could face a ban on the trade in wildlife products after failing to meet a year-long deadline to submit a report to Cites, urgently outlining measures to curb the escalating rhino poaching crisis.

1.7 tons of ivory seized in Togo

2014-01-29 10:57

Togo police have seized about 1.7 tons of ivory loaded in a container in the port of Lome, the country's minister of environment and forest resources say.

Ivory trade on agenda at Botswana talks

2013-11-30 19:49

African ministers and experts are set to meet in Botswana to chart ways to stamp out a spike in elephant killings fuelled by a growing demand for ivory in Asia.

SA dairy firm pledges cash to fight rhino poaching

2013-09-26 11:00

A South African dairy company has put its money where its mouth is in the fight against rhino poaching that has devastated the animal population.

Hong Kong scraps shark fin from 'official menus'

2013-09-13 20:33

Hong Kong's government says it would stop serving shark fin at official functions as "a good example", following years of lobbying by conservation groups.

Corruption escalates rhino poaching

2013-07-16 10:00

Corruption among senior officials plays a significant role in perpetuating the poaching of rhino in SA, a conservation organisation has charged.

MPs call for lifting of rhino horn ban

2013-05-28 21:18

Legalising international trade in rhino horn will stem the slaughter of the species, MPs have heard.

SA to host Cites conference

2013-03-19 13:09

South Africa will host the 17th Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in 2016.

Shark protection deal survives

2013-03-14 08:35

Japan and other pro-shark fishing nations have lost a bid to overturn a landmark deal to offer international trade protection for several species of the ocean's oldest predator.

Poachers have new targets - the rangers

2013-03-09 09:14

Ruthless and heavily armed "criminal syndicates" running the global wildlife trade, are now turning their guns on the rangers who protect endangered species.

Ivory trade nations face sanctions

2013-03-06 21:45

Top conservation groups have warned of sanctions against nations involved in the ivory trade.

Google ads fuel to ivory trade

2013-03-05 16:58

A conservation group claims that Google is helping fuel a dramatic surge in ivory demand in Asia that is killing African elephants in record numbers.

Great apes in battle for survival

2013-03-04 16:08

Almost 3 000 great apes are killed or captured in the wild each year because of the rampant illegal trade, according to a new UN report.

Thailand to end domestic ivory trade

2013-03-03 13:31

Thailand will halt its domestic ivory trade, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced, promising legislation after criticism by environmental groups.

SA opposes total ban on rhino trophy exports

2013-02-13 22:21

South Africa has announced its opposition to a total ban on rhino trophy exports, saying it has beefed up hunting rules amid a poaching crisis that has killed almost 100 animals this year.

Zimbabwe wants to sell ivory stocks

2012-08-23 22:29

Zimbabwe has accumulated 50 tons of ivory and will ask the international body regulating its trade for permission to auction its stocks to fund conservation of the animals.

Animal smuggling countries face sanctions

2012-07-26 19:17

Delegates to a UN conservation meeting are threatening sanctions against six countries unless they approve legislation to fight the illegal animal trade.

No rhino hunting permit requests from Asia

2012-07-04 10:05

No rhino hunting permit requests have been received from Vietnam, Thailand or China since the government tightened hunting requirements in April.

Tanzania elephant numbers drop

2012-01-03 22:29

The number of elephants in two wildlife sanctuaries in Tanzania has fallen by nearly 42% in just three years.

Gangsters gain by going 'green'

2010-11-15 12:24

International mafias are turning their sights more and more on expanding into ivory poaching, illegal fishing and other "green" crimes, police and experts have said.

 
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