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EU and China Sign Landmark Agreement, Join Together to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trade - CAN WE HOPE?

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The EU and China have signed a landmark agreement to join forces to help combat the illegal trade in wildlife products. The EU/China agreement aims to forge stronger ties against wildlife trafficking between the two regions through the exchange of info

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Julie E. (373)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:07 am
Czech authorities make largest ever rhino horn seizure in EU

Ben Oscarsito (364)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:20 am
Well, when it comes to China I have no hope whatsoever. And, as for the European Union; -Most often it takes 30 years for anything to happen.
Pessimistic? -No, just telling the truth as I see it...

Roger Garin-michaud (139)
Friday July 26, 2013, 2:44 pm
noted, thanks

catherine g. (18)
Friday July 26, 2013, 11:39 pm
I agree with Ben. The EU is a slow moving machine and as for China's promises; what are they worth?

. (7)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:32 am
I agree with Ben and especially about China, no hope at all! Thanks Julie.

Dimitris Dallis (45)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:37 am
It will take time, but don't loose hope. Keep on fighting! Keep on trying! It's our duty to the next generations.

Gloria picchetti (305)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:21 am
I trust the EU but China?

Mike M. (49)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:43 am
I guess we will see and eventually have to give them loving reminders of what they signed

Jarmila Bernathova (24)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:13 am
i dont believe china will done it

Frances Darcy (231)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:01 am
It is a start.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:29 am
If the enforcement of environmental laws or the inability by the PRC to enforce them is any indication this is mere lip service. It looks good on paper; now show me you're really super serious about enforcing them.
China and India in many respects are still a group of Nation States that do whatever they want outside of the capitals and their "elected" governments.

. (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:30 am
Right now, these are only words. China has a long history of not living up to its promises.

Natasha Salgado (672)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:45 am
This means absolutely nothing---pointless really. China is responsible 4 wiping out most wildlife 4 their ridiculous demented so called "Medicinal purposes''...I don't buy it one bit---nothing will change unless it's wiped off this earth somehow. Thx Julie

Mitchell D. (131)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:56 am
I hope there are some teeth (ivory pun intended) in this pact!

Barbara V. (51)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:46 pm
I can't answer that for sure. Considering the way China treats animals, there must be a catch. But if they're on the up-and-up on this one, I will dare to hope. Kinda.

Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:48 pm
Ben, and others-the EU is years ahead of the usa on GMO bans, and just banned the class of pesticides which are part of the honey bee die off problem world wide...all those pesticides are made in the usa.
As for China-80 % of the pollution there is created by AMERICAN companies taking advantage of near slave labor and no environmental laws in place YET...China is where the USA was in the 1930s to 50s. I remember when OUR RIVERS AND GREAT LAKES actually did catch on fire from all the pollution...yes china is a mess-but they do know it and are changing like we did in the 60's

Christeen Anderson (656)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:48 pm
Thanks for this share.

Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:51 pm
It is true that China with their billion + people are the main demand for nearly all endangered animal trade for their herbal traditional medicine...the sheer size of demand is wreaking havoc on wildlife GLOBALLY.

M B. (61)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:12 pm
I don't believe in China because of their "tradition" and medicine, as for Europe they are willinly but slow.

Deborah W. (6)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:46 pm
"Forge strenger ties" ... pipe dream. China works well with no one. Seize wildlife "products" ... good for after-the-fact enforcement, not so much for the one-time animals

Correctly stated: low risk and high profitability access crime, likely to contine to attract interest. Given worldwide greed in one form or another, the goodness of man is all but extinct

I have an idea -- let's look into the bile bear atrosity. Different only in the fact that these animals are caged until they die, at that rate wildlife in the wild is faring better.

Birgit W. (155)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 3:40 pm
China signed that? Well we will see if they actually follow their agreement.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:26 pm
Come on, China...impose, educate, inform, threaten, teach...all other poaching peoples ake heed and learn how to value life, which is all we have to value here! Life is precious to each being, and we need every second of our life times to accomplish that which we all come to Earth to do! Never interfere with any path.

S J. (128)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:36 pm
Let China know, eating rhino horn is like chewing your own nail, according to scientists. They signed something, I'd love to wait and see.
noted, thanks Julie.

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 7:18 pm
Lets pray that they will stand by their signature. I'm sick of all talk no action leaders/countries. Thanks Julie

Maria S. (95)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:45 am
Noted. Thanks Julie1

Lona Goudswaard (83)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:47 am
Sounds good on paper, but I won't hold my breath. Until China bans the trade and processing of rhino horn and elephant ivory there0s very little hope things will improve.

Fi T. (18)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:50 am
No matter what, it's a start

Ruth C. (264)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:46 am
You are so right Ben.

Joy McRonald (148)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 2:31 pm

GGmaSheila D. (179)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 10:21 pm
Sounds good; a good first step if the Chinese govt keeps its word. The Chinese people are not the govt and they are what can make the difference in saving the wildlife and in stopping the old ways of medicine.
Noted with hope but only time will tell. Seem to be saying that quite a bit here.

Kathleen R. (138)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:17 am
noted , but skeptical

Melania Padilla (190)
Friday August 2, 2013, 10:53 am
Mmmm souds great but I donīt trust China at all....
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