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Press Releases: Illegal Wildlife Trade

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 […]

Pro-ivory trade report shows ‘shocking’ bias

Proposed sales mechanism would treat ivory like diamonds   LONDON: A new report examining possible mechanisms for future international legal trade in ivory has proposed the creation of an ivory sales body modelled on the De Beers diamond cartel. The report, Decision-Making Mechanisms and Necessary Conditions for a Future Trade in African Elephant Ivory, is […]

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