The 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP18) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) wrapped up today in Geneva, Switzerland. Campaigners from our UK and US offices were in attendance throughout, pushing for the adoption of strong decisions to combat illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade. Among the hundreds of […]
Our Tiger campaigners are encouraged to see recommendations adopted by tiger range countries (TRCs) at the 3rd Stocktaking Conference on Tiger ConservationPDF included a strong message calling for an end to tiger farming and the closure of domestic markets for tiger parts.
The Government of China has revealed it allows commercial trade in tiger bone and rhino horn from farmed animals for use in traditional Chinese medicine research and clinical treatments, a brazen and regressive move which drastically undermines international efforts for tiger and rhino conservation
The Anti-Smuggling Bureau of Customs in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, seized two tiger skins, two leopard skins, 17 snow leopard skins and other illegal wildlife parts. Lhasa has long been a key transit and sales hub for illegal trade in Asian big cat parts and derivatives from animals poached in south Asia
During discussions at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to CITES, several member states including Lao PDR overruled a proposal from China to delete a Decision to end tiger farming. This is a powerful message that shows the rest of the world can see that tiger farming has no place in tiger conservation.