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PETITION - Dead elephants: Tanzania's censors hush up the massacre
NGOs operating in Tanzania are bracing for the big chill: draconian new laws will criminalize activists for disseminating anything the government deems inconvenient or embarrassing – including reports implicating government officials in wildlife crime.
Call on President Kikwete to repeal the laws now.
* Sign the Rainforest Rescue petition at ht.ly/NxAbW
* Read EIA's report 'Vanishing Point – Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania’s Elephants' at ht.ly/NxAmc
A free flow of information is crucial to effective conservation work and the fight against poaching. Yet Tanzania's new laws could be used to silence independent efforts to safeguard wildlife and guarantee human rights. If they remain in place, President Kikwete will go down in history as a protector of the poachers.
Last year, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) issued a landmark report that concluded that the country had lost two-thirds of its elephants in the previous six years and placed responsibility at the "highest levels of government". According to the EIA, the Tanzanian elephant population dropped from 142,000 to some 55,000 during President Kikwete's ten years in office. The East African, a newspaper published in Kenya and widely circulated throughout the region, summarized the EIA report, giving facts and figures. The paper was subsequently banned in Tanzania.
#Tanzania #ivory #elephants #corruption
Image: Poached elephant, Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, September 2014 (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
16 hours ago ·
A perceptive and thorough op-ed in National Geographic ...
'Saving Wildlife From the Spectre of Trade'
Elephants, rhinos, and other wildlife across the globe are being slaughtered for their tusks, horns, pelts, and bones with no end in sight.
Last week, the battle lines for an offensive were drawn. At a conference in Cape Town, South Africa, experts from around the world gathered to tackle the problem. Unfortunately, they have to fight on two fronts.
While it is widely acknowledged that crime and the illegal trade are the primary drivers of prodigious declines in wildlife over the past decade, they’re ably abetted by an influential, if not unintentional, ally: Those who favor a legal trade in wildlife.
The umbrella cause is otherwise known as Sustainable Utilization and Development. The promoters, which include such august bodies as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, are unashamedly anthropocentric.
Wildlife is regarded exclusively as providing “vital goods and services for mankind,” according to a recently released paper by the International Trade Centre, “The Trade in Wildlife: A Framework to Improve Biodiversity and Livelihood Outcomes.”
Their concern is that wildlife, as a means of satisfying human needs and desires, cannot sustain rising demand for their products, such as ivory or rhino horn, unless it is properly “managed” or “regulated” (read “consumed” and “exploited”).
But the perfidiousness of the powerful pro-trade lobby is that its agenda is promoted under the guise of conservation, preservation of biological diversity, and poverty alleviation, when in fact it’s in the name of vested interests and profit through materialist self-aggrandisement.
The catastrophic results of this approach speak for themselves ...
Read Adam Cruise's op-ed in full at voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/28/opinion-saving-wildlife-from-the-specter-of-trade/
#ivory #elephants #rhino #tigers
Image: Ivory tusks and ornaments on sale in a state friendship store, China (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
16 hours ago ·
Russia: Interim census results indicate Amur tiger numbers on the rise
According to interim census results, the population of the Amur tiger in Russia has increased to as many as 540 individuals ...
WWF says antipoaching efforts have been integral to the rise in tiger numbers, with tougher punishments and the introduction of criminal charges for the illegal hunting, storage, and trafficking of endangered animals and their parts.
Russia's Far East is home to 95 per cent of the world's population of Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers.
In the 1940s, the largest cat in the world was on the brink of extinction with no more than a few dozen in the wild.
The last census in 2005 showed there were up to 502 individuals.
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17 hours ago ·