MEPs adopted yesterday, 6 February 2013, a non-legislative resolution on the responsibility to protect the endangered animals. “The EU should lead international support to stop poaching of elephants and rhinos and call on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITE to end secret ballots” said the European Parliament.
MEPs called on CITES to fulfill its commitments. Furthermore, they said that several shark species should be included in the list of animals whose trade must be controlled. Also, polar bears are in danger. Therefore, should be put in a higher profile CITES category. In this way, people will be aware of their situation. MEPs urged the Member States to support the fight against poaching of elephants and rhinos for their ivory and horn. They called on the CITES to stop the use of secret ballots as a general practice, as well as to include a provision on conflict of interest. The resolution was adopted by a large majority of MEPs.
Parliament’s resolution asks CITES parties to continue provide financial aid to prevent the over-exploitation of wild fauna and flora through international trade. MEPs want the EU to continue funding an elephant protection programme, the Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE).
CITES is the biggest wildlife international agreement between governments. Its main objective is to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation. On 3-14 March 2013, in Bangkok, Thailand, will take place the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
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Was just receiving this sad message from Born free Foundation:
31,963 elephants killed for ivory since Jan 2012
Yes you heard right. Sensitive, intelligent creatures slaughtered by criminals and chopped up, their tusks turned into trinkets. In the past few weeks alone Gabon, Kenya and Singapore have had record ivory seizures.
Now we're leading the fight back
First we launched our Bloody Ivory website to tell the world what's happening. Next a Born Free team is attending a critical international meeting in Bangkok in March where, unbelievably, delegates will discuss making the ivory trade legal again. What on earth?! You can see why we have to be there! Read More
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Call on China to stem the surging demand for illegal ivory that is fueling the slaughter of Africa's remaining elephants.