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Press Releases: Illegal Wildlife Trade

China puts the ‘con’ in tiger conservation

New report exposes the double standard which stimulates demand   LONDON: Despite signing up to global initiatives seeking to protect wild tigers and double their number by 2022, Government departments in China have quietly set about stimulating domestic markets for tiger skins and body parts. As few as 3,500 tigers survive in the wild, yet […]

Call to CITES: Stop Stimulating Demand

LONDON: The campaigning Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is calling on international policy-makers to Stop Stimulating Demand for critically endangered species. The London-based NGO cautioned that conflicting decisions and top-level discussions regarding trades in the products of endangered species such as elephants, tigers and precious woods create consumer confusion and ultimately drive poaching/theft by criminals to […]

As world focuses on tigers, other Asian big cats are killed

LONDON: With the 2nd Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation in Bhutan preparing to discuss the plight of snow leopards today (October 23), the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has warned that it and Asia’s other big cats are in danger of being forgotten. “The tiger is very much a symbol of the rampant demand […]

EIA welcomes call to oppose ivory trade & fix wildlife law

LONDON: Responding to the release today (October 18) of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s Wildlife Crime: Third Report of Session 2012-13, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) makes the following statement:   “EIA welcomes the recommendation by the UK’s influential Environmental Audit Committee that there should be a complete ban on the trade […]

Tanzania seeks to sell 101 tonnes of stockpiled ivory

Campaign group calls auction & trade plans ‘untimely and ludicrous’   LONDON: Tanzania has formally applied to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for permission to hold a one-off sale of 101 tonnes of stockpiled ivory and to reduce protection for its elephant population. If the CITES […]

Calling ‘time’ on tiger farms and skin sales

China & others urged to take action to help wild Asian big cats   LONDON: Countries with operations farming tigers and other Asian big cats must shut down such facilities and destroy stockpiled body parts and derivatives. And China – which has the world’s greatest number of tiger farms – must terminate its ‘legal’ domestic […]

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