When will someone stand up against CITES?

2014-08-13 05:27

CITES: One of the sinister forces ranged against Africa’s attempts and desires to install responsible and sensible wildlife management practices

When is the civilised world going to question the current integrity of CITES?  South Africa, for example, is being kept over a barrel by CITES - which refuses to openly support the idea of a transparent legal trade in rhino horn (which, in my opinion  will NOT stop the poaching.... but it will provide vital finance to private rhino owners to beef up their rhino security).  Why does South Africa (and other responsible member states) persist in wanting to remain a member of CITES?  CITES has NOT delivered on the promises it made to sovereign states in 1975 - when CITES was formed - and which induced them all to enroll with CITES.  They were told that IF every sovereign state in the world joined CITES the convention would be able STOP the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products (such as rhino horn and elephant ivory).  CITES has failed to deliver dismally on both these promises - especially with respect to controlling the illegal rhino horn trade.  So why do all the 'responsible' sovereign states remain signatories to a convention that has obviously failed them all along the way?

One of the reasons why African states persist in remaining members of CITES is because the big Western States of the world (notably the USA) - who want CITES to continue to function - have threatened (with trade sanctions of one kind or another) those 'small' states that have 'muttered' about leaving CITES because they are dissatisfied with the convention's performance.  Several years ago I was, personally, advised of this fact by several delegates at CITES (in 1989) - who specifically said it was the United States that was putting the pressure on!  So 'big brother' is ruling the roost at CITES!  And the official government wildlife authority in America - the US Fish and Wildlife Service - is, anyway, a fellow traveller of the animal rights brigade!  So where is the world going with all this dysfunctional political hypocrisy?  It is no wonder Africa's wildlife management affairs are is such disarray.

CITES is corrupt!  It has allowed itself to be corrupted by its NGO accreditation rules (which have no honest or disciplined criteria).  The prevailing 'attitude-atmosphere' in CITES is now 'controlled' by its animal rights NGOs - whose ideological purpose is to ABOLISH  all animal 'uses' by man (INCLUDING trade).  So WHY do you think the world's animal rightist NGOs flock to become accredited members of CITES - which is an organisation designed to REGULATE trade?  VERY CLEARLY they have done so in order to make sure wildlife trade does not take place.  Their purpose is to sabotage CITES.  And they make money out of their clientele back home (in the big cities of the world) by telling their supporters that they need money to STOP (inter alia) the legalization of trade in rhino horn and ivory at CITES.  And that money keeps them in fat cat employment.  IFAW (The International Fund for Animal 'Welfare' - the biggest animal rights organisation the world) is said to have convoluted annual income that exceeds US$ 200 million; and HSUS (The Humane Society of the United States - the second biggest animal rights organisation in the world) according the United States' Internal Revenue Service, commands and annual income of US$ 125 million.  The animal rights movement is, therefore, a well-heeled Confidence Industry and the biggest weapon in the animal rightists' arsenal is CITES.

South Africa! ALL THE OTHER SOVEREIGN STATES OF AFRICA!   What are we doing by remaining a signatory to such a useless, counter-productive and dysfunction international convention?

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