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CITES Parties must keep the ‘forgotten’ big cats in mind
The forgotten cats? At the forthcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of the Parties, EIA is calling on world governments to tackle the trade in threatened leopards.
All Asian big cats – that’s not just tigers but leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards and Asiatic lion – are listed on CITES Appendix I, triggering the highest level of protection under the Convention and meaning that international commercial trade in these species is prohibited.
However, they are all nonetheless threatened by poaching for international illegal trade in their body parts. As with tigers, leopard skins are also sold for luxury home décor and taxidermy purposes, bones are used in traditional Chinese medicine as a substitute for tiger, and tiger bone wine is sold in China as well as online (see map below). The criminals involved along the trade chain, from poaching and processing to trafficking and selling, are often the same people handling tigers, leopards and other wildlife.
Based on Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) and EIA records, leopards constitute the bulk of the Asian big cat trade, representing 73 per cent of the total number of Asian big cat specimens recovered in trade since 2000 (see graph below). Since 2000, at least 6,400 Asian big cats (includes skins, live, carcasses and stuffed specimens) have been recovered in trade.
... EIA urges CITES Parties to address the growing trade in leopards at the forthcoming 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) in Johannesburg (September to October 2016) by adopting the draft Decisions that are on the table and support their implementation.
Read today's blog in full at eia-international.org/cites-parties-must-keep-the-forgotten-big-cats-in-mind
#leopards #tigers #India #China CITES
Image: The famous seizure of illegally poached tiger, leopard and otter skins that took place in Khaga, India, in January 2000 (c) Fatepur Forest Department ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago ·
Bolivia: Chinese smugglers driving up jaguar killings for illegal trade
The trafficking of jaguar teeth from Bolivia's natural parks to China has sparked worries that Asian smugglers are boosting this illegal trade.
Between 2014 and 2016, 800 jaguar teeth have been seized by Bolivian authorities, suggesting that around 200 animals have been killed, reported the Bolivian Environment Forum (Foro Boliviano sobre Medio Ambiente - FOBOMADE). The teeth were reportedly intended to be smuggled to China.
FOBOMADE reports that the current number of killed jaguars threatens to reach levels comparable to the 1980s, when hunting was still legal. This comes despite a 30-year campaign to stop the practice in protected forest areas. The majority of jaguar teeth seizures have been made in the neighboring Madidi and Pilón Lajas natural reserves, said Teresa Pérez, director of the Environment Ministry's Biodiversity and Protected Areas Office.
People working to protect the jaguars have reported that some Chinese nationals are responsible for the poaching.
Read in full at www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/chinese-smugglers-drive-up-jaguar-killings-in-bolivia
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Image: Jaguar, by USFWS ... See MoreSee Less
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