Back to the Drawing Board for Elephants at CITES
The International Fund for Animal Welfare's Lynn Levine is on the ground at CITES in the Hague...she filed this story about the situation in committee with elephants just a few hours ago...
Well, it's back to the drawing board on elephants. The elephant discussions were initiated in Committee 1 this afternoon and each proposing party was given the floor to introduce his proposal. All of these parties were of the opinion that given more time the range states would be able to come to a consensus so the committee agreed unanimously to postpone. There will be another meeting of the African range states today/tonight, facilitated by the EU (who has proposed a worrying "compromise") and chaired by the Chilean delegate (who also chaired last week's SC). Should they reach an agreement and a document is available by tomorrow morning, the issues will be discussed in Committee I in the morning. If not, then they can raise the issue in the afternoon. If there's still not document, then the issue will arrive in the plenary Thursday morning.
On another front, the Australian proposal urging parties to seek alternatives to ingredients derived from endangered species in traditional medicines was adopted, with one problem: the EU removed a paragraph specifically calling on parties to develop alternatives in lieu of using parts and derivatives from commercially bred animals. Not exactly sure what the EU was doing here, but this certainly doesn't bode well with regard to our efforts to suppress the commercial tiger farms in China.
The Asian Big Cat document was postponed until tomorrow.
That's all she wrote!