CITES Parties Reject Swaziland Request to Trade in White Rhino Horn

Publication Date: 
Mon, 10/03/2016
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CITES Parties Reject Swaziland Request to Trade in White Rhino Horn

IFAW has welcomed the decision today by the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to deny trade in white rhino horn by Swaziland.

Press Location: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
Eleonora Panella, IFAW EU
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+27 82 330 2558
+32 2 237 60 52

African elephants not out of the Woods Yet

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Mon, 10/03/2016
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Divisions between African Parties failed elephant populations today, denying them the CITES Appendix I listing which would offer them the greatest possible protection from poaching and illegal trade.

Press Location: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
Eleonora Panella, IFAW EU
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+27 82 330 2558
+32 2 237 60 52

Lion bones still on the menu: CITES Parties fail to agree full ban on international trade in lion parts

Publication Date: 
Mon, 10/03/2016
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Parties today at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg voted in favor of a much diluted decision by establishing a zero annual export quota for bones, claws and teeth removed from the dead carcasses of wild lions to be traded for commercial purposes.

The agreement falls far short of what the proponents had wanted, which was a transfer of all populations of lions from Appendix II to Appendix I, thus prohibiting any international commercial trade in lions or lion parts.

Press Location: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
Eleonora Panella, IFAW EU
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+27 82 330 2558
+32 2 237 60 52

CITES Parties Fail to Agree on Stricter Measures to Protect Elephants

Publication Date: 
Sun, 10/02/2016
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CITES Parties Fail to Agree on Stricter Measures to Protect Elephants

Elephants were the losers today, when a number of key measures proposed by African elephant range States to protect them from international trade were distilled into a single document leaving the animals exposed to the menace of poaching for illegal ivory trade.

CITES Parties compromised the political will of countries from source, to transit to market to close domestic ivory markets and destroy ivory stockpiles.

Proposals on the destruction of ivory stockpiles and the closure of domestic markets were merged into a single resolution leaving each much the weaker.

Press Location: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
Eleonora Panella, IFAW EU
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+27 82 330 2558
+32 2 237 60 52

Squawking Result as CITES Places African grey Parrots top of the Protection Pecking Order

Publication Date: 
Sun, 10/02/2016
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African grey parrots flew to the top of the pecking order today as CITES voted decisively to uplist wild populations to Appendix I thus ending their international commercial trade.

IFAW has welcomed the decision today by the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to end commercial trade in African grey parrots.

Press Location: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
Eleonora Panella, IFAW EU
Contact phone: 
+27 82 330 2558
+32 2 237 60 52

CITES takes a Byte out of Wildlife Cybercrime

Publication Date: 
Fri, 09/30/2016
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Wildlife cybercriminals will be under more scrutiny than ever following the commitment by all 183 Parties to CITES, to stamp out illegal online wildlife trade.

The decision was taken at a high level meeting held during the CoP17 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) being held in Johannesburg, South Africa this week.

Press Location: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
Eleonora Panella, IFAW EU
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+27 82 330 2558
+32 2 237 60 52

No Monkeying around at CITES as Parties Vote for full Protection for Barbary macaques

Publication Date: 
Wed, 09/28/2016
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IFAW welcomed the decision today by the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to give greater protection to Barbary macaques by transferring them from Appendix II to Appendix I – thus giving the species greater protection from international trade.

“This is a critical step in preventing a further decline in Barbary macaque populations,” says Rikkert Reijnen, Senior Project Lead, Wildlife Trade at IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).

Press Location: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
Eleonora Panella, IFAW EU
Contact phone: 
+27 82 330 2558
+32 2 237 60 52

Pangolins win at CITES

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Wed, 09/28/2016
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Parties today at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg decided that the most illegally traded mammal in the world urgently needs protection from further over-exploitation. All eight pangolin species are being transferred from Appendix II to Appendix I – thus prohibiting any international commercial trade with pangolin parts.

Press Location: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW South Africa
Eleonora Panella, IFAW EU
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+27 (0) 82 330 2558
+32 2 237 60 52

INTERPOL and IFAW announce expanded wildlife crime enforcement network at tenBoma CITES event

Publication Date: 
Wed, 09/28/2016
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Today enforcement officials and global thought leaders will gather at a CITES side event as INTERPOL and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) announce their cooperation on IFAW’s tenBoma initiative in Kenya, which represents an important expansion of their longstanding collaboration combatting global wildlife trafficking.

Press Location: 
Johannesburg, South Africa
Press Contact
Press Contact: 
Christina Pretorius, IFAW Southern Africa
INTERPOL Press Office, Lyon, France
Contact phone: 
+27 82 330 2558
+33 4 72 44 00 00

Bill C-246 - Modernizing Animal Protections Act

Publication Date: 
Tue, 06/07/2016
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Bill C-246 - Modernizing Animal Protections Act

Bill C-246 - Modernizing Animal Protections Act would bring long-overdue amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada, ban the sale of cat and dog fur in Canada;  and ban the importation of shark fink into Canada.  

Please download a copy of our infographic on how this important Bill will help protect animals in Canada.