These meetings assess the progress made by countries on key issues of wildlife and timber trade, as set out in CITES. We persistently advocate robust measures for the protection of wild fauna and flora. This 70th meeting was a busy one with a lot to digest, here’s a summary of the key issues with which we engaged
At the forefront of calls for transnational wildlife and forest crime to be properly recognised and tackled, our campaigners are attending to push for positive outcomes on a number of important campaign issues and to get the results of our investigations and analysis into the right hands to drive meaningful change
The US Government has acted against the Chinese-run criminal empire responsible for tiger and other wildlife trade at the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone in Laos by putting Zhao Wei, the director of the Kings Romans Casino and affiliated companies, and members of his network on a Treasury blacklist
Three dead tigers have been found in Khammouane province in Laos and, given that the tiger if functionally extinct in Laos, we believe these animals came from a tiger farm in the region. Laos has announced it is committed to shut down tiger farming operations but this incident reveals a concerning lack of progress.
In what is widely regarded as the single biggest step to end the slaughter of elephants, China has confirmed the full closure of its domestic ivory market, a move with the potential to be a genuine game-changer in terms of ending the voracious consumer demand which has directly spurred a massive illegal trade in ivory