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Rhino horn sales defeated at CITES CoP17

Fierce opposition - including that of Education for Nature – Vietnam - has defeated the attempt by Swaziland to have trade in rhino horn legalized.

 

The small African country with the backing of some big game interests in South Africa had wanted to sell off a 330kg stockpile of seized and naturally collected rhino horn in order to raise around $10 million USD for anti-poaching measures to protect Swaziland’s 73 remaining white rhino. But the ranks of other parties at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of CITES in Johannesburg, South Africa voted resoundingly against the move.

 

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Rhino horn sales bid

A potentially disastrous scenario to relax the ban on rhino horn sales is up for debate at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of CITES currently underway in Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

In the midst of global rhino crises, the Kingdom of Swaziland has recently submitted a proposal to CITES to legalize the international trade of rhino horns. Swaziland's anti-poaching body believes selling their 330kg stockpile of horn collected from naturally deceased animals and poachers could raise close to $10 million USD to help protect Swaziland's 73 remaining white rhino from poachers.

 

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The downfall of the Bastard of the Internet

The case file reads like a book: Nearly 25 pages of documentation detailing ENV’s efforts to take down a wildlife trader who is referred to internally within ENV as the “Bastard of the Internet”.

 

The story starts on August 16, 2013 when ENV received a call on our Wildlife Crime Hotline from a member of the public reporting a macaque advertised for sale on the internet. A phone number leads us to a shop in Tan Binh district of Ho Chi Minh City where an assortment of wildlife including macaques and ferret badgers are observed. However it was four days later before police inspected the shop and of course, the wildlife had disappeared.  

 

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