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Illegal Wildlife Trade conference Hanoi

The Heads of State and Ministers from more than 50 countries and 10 international organizations will be attending the Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) on November 17 and 18.

 

Guest of Honor is HRH the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William who will be making opening remarks along with the Prime Minister of Viet Nam, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.

 

 

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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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