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EIA's response to China's announcement yesterday (Feb 26) of a one-year ban on the import of carved ivory ...
China’s carved ivory import ban ‘largely window-dressing’
While welcoming the announcement as a positive step coming from China, EIA Executive Director Mary Rice remains sceptical as to its actual value and likely impact.
“The ‘temporary ban’ does not apply to the massive domestic legal ivory market in China which continues to perpetuate the desirability of and illegal trade in ivory, stimulates demand and provides an avenue for laundering illegal ivory. So, in effect, the announcement is largely a window-dressing exercise,” she said.
“This parallel legal trade in ivory undermines enforcement and demand-reduction efforts. It will continue to be business as usual for the more than 180 licensed ivory-processing and retail facilities in China because this notification, which remains ambiguous, only bans specific imports of ivory carvings and does not prohibit legal domestic sales of ivory within China.
“It would also be a fundamentally flawed analysis if China were to use the implementation of such a flimsy measure as an excuse to determine that ivory trade bans don’t work.
“At a time when elephants are being killed in their thousands, little meaningful impact can come from such a limited approach. China has the wherewithal to emerge as a world leader and champion in the fight against ivory trafficking by adopting a total ban on domestic trade in ivory – this is the policy change that would actually make a difference for elephants worldwide.”
Read the EIA news update in full at eia-international.org/chinas-carved-ivory-import-ban-largely-window-dressing
#China #ivory #elephants #Africa
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21 minutes ago ·
With South Africa still bullishly seeking a legalised trade in rhino horn, opponents of the move need every voice they can muster.
Our thanks to EIA supporter Elmarie Viljoen Neff for drawing our attention to this petition aimed squarely at SA Environment Minister Edna Molewa, simply asking: "We call on you to reject calls to legalise trade in rhino horn products. As the rhino population dwindles and poaching is on the rise, we call on South Africa to protect the majestic species".
You can find the petition at secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/SAY_NO_TO_LEGALIZING_TRADE_IN_RHINO_HORN/?azBixeb
Please SIGN & SHARE as widely as possible and encourage your friends and family to add their names.
* For more information as to why EIA opposes South Africa's plans, read 'Greed beats logic: why a legal rhino horn trade won’t work' at eia-international.org/greed-beats-logic-why-a-legal-rhino-horn-trade-wont-work
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2 hours ago ·
China, Tanzania and the blood ivory blacklist
In November of last year the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) released a damning report that shows Tanzania as a key player in the illegal ivory trade. In 2013, the East African country reportedly lost 10,000 elephants, equivalent to 30 a day. The poaching is due to a toxic mix of unlawful syndicates, often led by Chinese nationals, and corruption among some Tanzanian government officials.
Action on the part of either the Chinese or Tanzanian government remains to be determined.
“We clearly believe that problems remain in Tanzania and China,” say Allan Thornton, Founder of EIA. “But we do believe we got the attention of the most senior members of government in both countries by the worldwide media attention that report got.”
In particular the intention of that report was to detail the extensive networks created by the criminal syndicates from China within Tanzania, particularly in Zanzibar. On the other hand there is evidence of really good police work in Dar Es Salaam that lead to the bust of a Chinese syndicate where they found two tonnes of ivory last year.
“There are many good people in both China and Tanzania that want to help to protect the elephants and the rhinos, and other endangered species,” adds Thornton. “Our goal is to work with those people and support them however we can.”
* Read 'Vanishing Point – Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania’s Elephants' at eia-international.org/reports/vanishing-point-criminality-corruption-and-the-devastation-of-tanza...
EIA’s intention is to encourage the governments in Tanzania and China to take meaningful action to eliminate the illegal ivory trade. In the case of the report, the ivory dealers in Tanzania who claimed to have sold thousands of kilos of ivory to Chinese diplomatic delegations have been active for almost a decade.
“We haven’t heard of any consequence against them for making those statements to us. It’s not rocket science to track down and identify these key players. As noted in that report, the President of Tanzania was given a key list of players in the ivory trade in 2012, and so we still hope President Kikwete will take action against the big fish. And we also hope the President of China will take action to ban the domestic ivory trade. And that is our goal.” explains Thornton.
Read the interview in full at africageographic.com/blog/china-tanzania-and-the-blood-ivory-blacklist/
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22 hours ago ·