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on sep 25 the Malaysian environment ministers comes out with a strong statement in support of CITES controls

 

please see http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/09/25/wan-junaidi-underlines-malaysias-commitment-to-cites/

 

the BORNEO POST adds that they are keen on starting up a CITES approved trade in crocodile skins

 

if this was the case they should have talked and acted sooner in favour of controlling the illegal wildlife trade, not waited to within a week of the start of the CITES confrence

 

the talk started after the release of a major TRAFFIC report on how bad things had been for so long

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the CITES conference has commenced and their are key decisions to be taken

 

regardless of what happens here , the trade at the behest of the worst type of organized criminal goes on and on destroying delightful animals, killing rangers and corrupting officals

 

it is like a many headed monster

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  • 3 proposals for an ongoing DDM decision making mechanism relating to the ivory trade have been defeated at the CITES conference

 

  • the proposals for a DDM from Zimbabwe, Sth Africa and Namibia included threats to withdraw from the ivory trade moratorium if the DDM discussion was ended

 

  • there are 2 other proposals from Namibia and Zimbabwe that could revive the ivory trade

please see PROCESS FOR ESTABLISHING FUTURE IVORY TRADE REJECTED AT CITIES CONFRENCE 26 SEP NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VOICES

 

Paula Kahumbu of wildlife direct has given recent interview to the Zimbabwe star http://www.zimbabwestar.com/index.php/sid/247946187 in which she discusses the complexities of ivory, there is talk that Zimbabwe and Namibia wants Japan to pull out of the CITES treaty with a view to being ongoing ivory buyers

 

 

well far too many so called homo sapiens have sense of ethics which is limited to narrow self interest and does not extend to caring for any part of creation

 

I find the term homo sapiens deeply troubling as it means that the said species is wise.

 

the predominant function religion of most people is consumption of goods , they are giving a disease to wider creation.

 

in the 19th century consumption was used to refer to the fatal medical diseases of tuberculosis

 

there are now countless people with chronic compulsive shopping disorder

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I agree with you @@COSMIC RHINO - the scientific name for our species should be "Homo stultus". Or perhaps "Homo sui".

 

* Question for Safaritalkers: if countries like Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia withdraw from CITES and begin selling Ivory on their own - would they be subject to international trade sanctions? I sure hope so...

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I that homo destroyer would be a better name

 

after recently revelations from oxpeckers environmental reporters I am included to look suspicious at claims that Namibia is looking after wildlife well

 

a campaign against Japan home of killed whales ,elephants and forests worldwide is well and truly justified.

 

the environmental investigation agency has just come out with a new report on the ivory trade in Japan

 

please see http://eia-global.org/images/uploads/Japans_Dirty_Secret_English.pdf

 

 

it deals with extensively with the failure of market regulations to be in compliance with CITES requirements

 

very interestingly in Feb 2017 the EIA interviewed Judith Mills who was Regional director of Traffic East Asia . A review was prepared in 1997 prior to the CITES meeting which concluded that the Japanese ivory market did not have proper controls and ivory could be laundered. however in the editing process of the report senior African staff insisted that proper controls were in place, and new ivory shipments could be received . This is what went into the final report and Traffic and WWF supported the renewed ivory trade.

 

Overall since 1970 Japan has imported tusk from 250,000 murdered elephants , including 2,154 tonnes of raw ivory between 1981 and the 1989 ban ,mostly from poaching hot spots.

 

so now they want to import more ivory , and to be trusted to improve and enforce their own bad regulations .

 

well in a previous EIA report from 2015 JAPAN'S ILLEGAL IVORY TRADE AND FRAUDLENT REGISTRATION OF IVORY TUSKS there was extensive evidence of avoiding the regulations and exporting ivory to China something else which is not allowed.

 

one dealer was caught with a hidden digital voice recorder as wanting to meet for payment in a public place with a brown paper bag of cash , in order to avoid having a transaction which went through the books of the business

 

cheats should be called out as such and not allowed to have more ivory

 

yahoo is a major ivory dealer in Japan

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  • There has been a major decline in the ivory trade in Thailand

 

 

please see http://www.traffic.org sep29 MASSIVE DOWNTURN IN BANGKOK IVORY MARKET

 

a market survey showed 7,421 items on sale in 2014, this became 283 in June 2016

 

  • if anyone has problems with downloading the report (someone which started for me only recently) ,please email the contact on the press release and they respond quickly with the report as a PDF attachment

 

  • the EIA has release transcripts of a 2 phone conversation between an investigator and the ivory market regulator, they provide highly specific advice on what has to be in the letter of application to get a trading permit for privately held ivory, say it is pre CITES ban if you have had it for years but don't know for how long, you can even post in a draft letter to have them check it over, I am disgusted
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THAILAND

 

  • the report raises the possibility that the trade has moved to other centres where it would be less noticeable
  • there is a noticeable internet trade which is very hard to trace as so many of the trades are done using private messaging
  • the talk in the report is that Thailand is a transit point and not an ivory market

 

CITES

 

 

  • there is not that much coverage in the press as compared with the previous meeting which had considerable local and international coverage
  • now it is a bit of international coverage and almost nothing in the Sth African and Kenyan press
  • the decisions are against the ivory trade which is good , but that does not account for all the trade
  • Japan pulling out at the urging of Namibia and Zimbabwe would be a disaster

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  • the decision is against new ivory sales but they have not moved elephants to appendix 1

a block EU vote was a key element in this decision

the decision making mechanism on ivory sales closed

we are left with an uncertain future which is a whole lot better than reopening the ivory market

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at the CITES discussions, Namibia made it clear that if its elephant population was listed in appendix 1 which allows no trade, it would pull out of the treaty

 

please see http://www.oxpeckers.org/2016/10/3219/

 

china supported ivory market closures ,but then spoke in favour of some ivory sales

 

they are meant to be announcing the timetable for closing down their market by the end of this year

 

Botswana has announced that it does not intend to sell any ivory

 

it is all very difficult times

 

the trade advocates do not have good records for transparency , so it may be tempting to ask what would happen to any revenue raised

 

in this atmosphere the EU block voted against the appendix 1 proposals for Namibia and Zimbabwe

 

having non treaty nations involved can be a disaster , in the late 1980's a strong proportion of trade went from Burundi to a nation in the middle east which was also not a member of CITES

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  • a judge in Namibia gave 4 men caught with 14 rhino horns in their collective airport luggage 14 yrs in jail each , 3 of them specifically came in to be couriers, their lawyer has already announced his intent to appeal.
  • in another case 4 men have each been given 11 1/2 yrs jail for arms and ammunition possession in connection with poaching

please see http://oxpeckers.org/2016/10/3235/

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please see the DAILY MAVERICK http://www.dailymaverick.co.za NAMIBIA DUCKS ELEPHANT CENSUS the rhino poaching figures sent to CITES can be questioned

 

 

on rhinos in sth Africa please see http://oxpeckers.org/2016/10/business-as-usual-for-rhinos/

 

this covers a number of issues including safari hunting from vietnam

 

there are some interesting info charts presented to a parliamentary committee

 

the charts are easier to read at the original site, they are larger

 

please see http://www.pa.org.za/blog/infographic-rhino-poaching

 

if you go to the bottom of the chart and click on the poaching link you will go to some earlier charts as well, one of them includes the text of the speech

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for the rhino status report please see https://cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/cop/17/WorkingDocs/E-CoP17-68-A5.pdf

 

 

this has much useful information

 

  • the average number of rhino horns sourced in Africa per year is around 106 for JAN 2000 TO DEC 2005 106, JAN 2006 TO SEP 2009 408, JAN 2009 TO SEP 2012 1140 AND OCT 2012 TO DEC 2015 2674
  • as of 2015 the rhino populations are AFRICA white 20,378 black 5,250 ASIA greater one horned 3264 Javan 63 and Sumatran 76

I find that disturbing

 

there are big problems ,some areas are doing better than others

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please see DECISIONS MADE AT UN MEETING ON WILDLIFE TRADE IN SOUTH AFRICA 4 OCT REUTERS REPORT

 

  • pangolins and African grey parrots have been moved to appendix 1 no trade allowed ,this is very welcome
  • the swazi proposal for rhino horn trade was refused
  • some sharks and rays w appendix 2 listing
  • international trade of wild lion bones,claws and teeth from capitive breed sth African animals are allowed

 

 

this is something that I find to be seriously wrong, Luke Hunter writing in the conversation declares that big cat bones are very difficult to tell apart, and could be used as a cover for trading tiger bones

 

please see http://theconversation.com/lions-are-better-protected-but-loopholes-means-threats-remain-66641

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poisoning event Limpopo National park Mozambique

 

  • an un named black granular poison was involved, some snares were in the area
  • found in the area were 2 nyala, 1 wharthog, 1 impala , 3 fish eagles ,1 yellow billed kite, 1 giant eagle owl all dead
  • there was evidence of a leopard but no body
  • the main targets were 2 lions taken for their bones and 22 headless vultures ,their heads were removed for use in muti,traditional black magic
  • there was a previous case in the area with 3 lions, 7 vultures and l bateleur eagle found poisoned in July 2014

please see http://traveller24.news24.com/Explore/Green/shockwildlifetruths-mass-poisoning-in-limpopo-national-park-20161010

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we live in uncertain, sad times where nearly everything has become a commodity ,including human and other than human life have become commodities

 

 

the suggestion of the IUCN/CITES rhino status report is that the increase in rhino poaching from 2007 onwards is in part related to the Chinese and Chinese diaspora desire for a better investment return in times of the great financial crisis

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the talk is on that Zimbabwe is talking about pulling out of CITES

 

 

please see http://www.herald.co.zw/time-zim-reconsidered-cites-membership

 

  • having someone pull out would make it a transit point for the illegal wildlife trade , as well as selling local items
  • many would question where the sales revenue would end up going
  • doing an online search shows that this is not the first time that Zimbabwe has spoken of CITES withdrawl
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They (being ZANU-PF... not the people of "Zimbabwe") have also wanted to leave the ICC and UN at various times.

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the govt of Zimbabwe, not the people probably want to do anything they can without accounting to courts, their own people or any international bodies

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THE CITIZEN reports that the Queen of Ivory is reported as having confessed

 

she and the co accused appear in court, everything was disputed except names and addresses

 

please see http://www.thecitizen/co.tz/News/-ivory-Queebn--said-to-have-confessed/1840340-3424692=asObrq/index.html

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2 Kenyans wanted in connection with a 3,127 kg shipment of ivory which turned up in Thailand in april 2015 marked tea leaves have gone missing

 

sth sudan is thought to be where they could be

 

that place is lawless , in fact it is listed last on the fragile states index

 

following a major case which turned up in Singapore a few years ago , tea was meant to be scanned at ports

 

the exemption was meant to go

 

looks like nothing has happened

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  • there is still a big problem with the port of mombasa

all containers should be scanned without exemption

7 suspects involved in this case have had their Kenyan assets frozen by the courts bank accounts, cars and land , on the grounds that it could be involved in money laundering

if principle 2 suspects are thought to be in south sudan , the DRC or CAR , so they are unlikely to be found

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  • the ivory was actually hidden in sacks of tea

tea has also been used to 2 in 2 range rovers for sale to Uganda and skip the duty

the freight handlers got suspended only for one year

that is rather light treatment, I would cancel the company's registration and ban all staff from starting another for life

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as lions are now listed under the Endangered Species Act ,the USA is reviewing the environmental credentials of lion hunting schemes where American hunters' trophies come from

 

it has began by banning STH African trophies

 

reviews are to follow for Mozambique, Namibia,Zambia and Zimbabwe

 

please see conservation action trust http://conservationaction.co.za

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  • A great move to restrict canned lion hunts

but pangolins are not doing well Traffic reports a study of the seizure of 809,723 animals from 1977 to 2014 , prior to 2001 they where nearly all asian, since then nearly all african. please see http://wwww.traffic.org 28 oct CITES TRADE DATA CONFIRMS SHIFT

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