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Mar 8, 2011
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Location: Texas, United States
Please support One World Conservations call to action to the board of directors of the San Antonio zoological society, requesting the resignation of zoo director Stephen McCusker.

Letter to the board is on the petition site and is open to the public.

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Karrie Kern
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Posted: Mar 8, 2011 8:59am
Feb 19, 2008

 
Ivory Trade Continues Its Reach Across Myriad African Nations January 30, 2008
IFAW Press Release

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan.30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ivory smugglers nabbed, a poaching network dismantled, and hundreds of kilograms of ivory seized. And so it goes for a week in the world of today's elephant ivory market.

Michael Wamithi, global elephants program manager for IFAW
(International Fund for Animal Welfare - http://www.ifaw.org), responds
stating, "The recent decision by CITES [Convention on the International
Trade of Endangered Species] Conference of the Parties in June to approve
nearly a decade-long suspension of trade in elephant ivory is not enough.
Consumer demand is booming, and domestic trade is out of control. Until
this is addressed, we will not see an end to the bloodshed."

On January 20th, Namibian officials seized 13 elephant tusks, totaling
nearly 200 kg of ivory, and representing seven dead elephants. Three
suspects are under arrest and pending charges. Meanwhile, further east in
Zimbabwe, police arrested 11 suspected poachers, who are believed to have
killed 15 elephants within two weeks in Hwange National Park. Similarly, in
Cameroon, CRTV (Cameroon Radio Television) reports that a poaching network
has been disbanded in the south, with a confiscation of 20 tusks.

"We must consider the breadth of this issue. The problem is not merely
in Africa -- past incidences have indicated China is the most likely final
destination for illegal ivory. This side of the issue must be recognized
and tackled. We must do everything in our power to halt their obtainment of
pending ivory stockpiles," says Wamithi of the huge stockpile sales
looming. The CITES Standing Committee will meet in July 2008 to determine
the acceptance of China as a trading partner. Japan has already been
approved.

"Rampant trade in Asia is much to blame for the continued violence,"
Wamithi states unwaveringly. "It is clearly an unfair equation, with the
wealth of China and Japan in contrast to poor African nations. Elephant
range states undoubtedly lack the resources to protect themselves against
consumer demand, and it our duty to step in and mitigate such inequities.
The first step is rejecting China as a trading partner."

It would be difficult to tell from recent happenings that just this
past summer a decision was made to implement a "resting period" with no new
trade proposals permitted for a period of nine years (after stockpile sales
go through). Recent events have made it clear that by no means has this
halted the slaughter of endangered elephants.

Just a few months ago, in October 2007, 93.9 kg (207 lbs) of elephant
ivory was confiscated in Zambia. And, again, a few days later, 22 tusks
were seized in Zimbabwe. Also, in that same week, a man in British Columbia
was prosecuted for illegally importing 30,000 pieces of African elephant
ivory. These are just a few of the numerous cases of ivory trade
interceptions; Customs authorities estimate that only 10 per cent of
contraband is caught in transit.

In both 2005 and 2006, IFAW conducted investigations into China's ivory
trade regulations. Such reports concluded that domestic trade control
mechanisms in China are far from adequate and it is impossible to ensure
that continued trade in ivory will not negatively impact African and Asian
elephant populations.

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Feb 19, 2008
 
Incessant Rains Boon for Wildlife Sector -- Parks (Zimbabwe) January 15, 2008
The Herald (Harare)

Incessant rains that have left a trail of destruction in some parts of the country have brought relief to the wildlife sector, the National Parks and Wildlife Authority has said.

The country has experienced heavy rains so far this season that have claimed lives in low-lying regions, destroyed infrastructure and swept away some domesticated animals in areas like Muzarabani, Mhondoro, Chivi, Seke and Chiredzi. In an interview yesterday, Parks spokesperson Retired Major Edward Mbewe said the rains had helped solve the persistent shortages of water in some game reserves.

"The natural water has lessened the burden in some game parks like Hwange where we used to pump water into water holes for the animals. "Before the rains, people used to view elephants at water holes while drinking water but with the abundance of water, the animals are moving deeper into the park," he said. Retired Major Mbewe said the rains had vastly improved vegetation in the country's parks. "Because the vegetation has been resuscitated the animals are not concentrating on one area as was the case before the rains. "The vegetation that had been destroyed by elephants has vastly improved," he added. The rains, Major Mbewe said, have also given the authority enough time to service engines used for pumping water into holes during the dry season.

"As of now, the results of the rains have been quite positive." The only problem was that with the forests peaking up, poachers were going to take advantage of the green cover to hide their illegal activities.

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