Jun
04
2007

The endangered agenda: Group meets this week

Illegal ivory: A member of the Kenya Wildlife Service team stands in the middle of ivory that was confiscated in Singapore and returned to Kenya. (Photo from IFAW Think Twice)
Illegal ivory: A member of the Kenya Wildlife Service team stands in the middle of ivory that was confiscated in Singapore and returned to Kenya. (Photo from IFAW Think Twice)
This week the 171 nations that make up CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species) is holding its international meeting. Among the top agenda items up for discussion are:

• Regulating tiger bones: While Chinese officials acted in 1993 to stop trading tiger bones that are used for natural medicines, it now wants to be able to market domestically-raised tigers.

• Protecting spiny dogfish: Germany is leading the effort to save this small shark that is commonly harvested to be used in “fish-and-chips” meals. Females of the species in the Northeast Atlantic have dropped by 95 percent.

• Preserving pau brazil trees: Makers of violin bows have coveted the wood from this three for over 500 years. It can hold its shape better than most woods to produce an optimum sound. But 3,300 pounds of trees chopped down end up producing only 200 to 400 pounds of finished violin bows.

• Ivory restrictions: Botswana and other neighboring African countries want to relax the 1989 ban on the ivory trade because elephant population numbers are rebounding. But opponents say that ivory poaching is thriving in other African countries, and opening up the legal market of ivory would only encourage more poaching.

• Mahogany matters: Peru could be reprimanded for allowing up to 90 percent of its mahogany trees to be cut down in the Amazon region. That wood is used cut down illegally and used to make guitars.

More about the group’s activities can be found out at www.cites.org.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Juliet Neal-Boyd's picture

Thanks for posting this story. EBAY yesterday announced its plans to "ban all international ivory trade" after a momentous IFAW investigation. Read more and learn about IFAW in action at this year's CITES meetings! www.ifaw.org.

Thank you - from Juliet at The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

posted on Wed, 06/06/2007 - 12:41pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Today's papers report that the pau brazil tree protection efforts have passed and that Brazilian officials are enthusiastic about the changes!

posted on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 2:32pm

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