Animal welfare and conservation groups are advising major seafood buyers attending the 2013 European Seafood Exposition and Seafood Processing Europe Convention in Brussels to be aware that there are whalers in their midst, and that the seafood they are considering purchasing may be “tainted by the blood of whales”
In a joint press release with the Wildlife Protection Society of India and Freeland we explain that the recent CITES meeting in Bangkok did not go far enough to tackle poaching of elephants, tigers and rhinos by continuing to allow domestic and international trade of wildlife products which drives illegal activity.
The member countries of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have agreed to list Siam Rosewood on Appendix II, granting international protection to this threatened species. This will help protect Siam Rosewood in range states and will serve as a legal tool to combat smuggling in China.
Despite signing up to global initiatives 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 more than 5,000 captive-bred tigers are held in China
International policy-makers must stop stimulating demand for critically endangered species. EIA warned that conflicting decisions and top-level discussions regarding trade in the products of endangered species such as elephants, tigers and precious woods create consumer confusion and ultimately drive poaching/theft