Wildlife Trafficking

Ivory Trade

NGO Letter to FC Barcelona – Appeal to Urge Rakuten Inc. to Cease All Elephant Ivory Product Sales
We are writing on behalf of our organizations, representing millions of citizens worldwide, to request your support in urging Rakuten Inc. to immediately cease the sale of elephant ivory products.In the midst of a global elephant poaching crisis, we urge you to call for the end of Rakuten’s role in the ivory trade, and to support elephant range states in Africa and Asia in protecting their iconic elephants from this destructive trade.
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Export of Young Elephants to Zoos

Namibia flouts elephant export laws
Namibia’s environmental authorities confirm that they have issued the necessary CITES (Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species) export permit for the sale of five wild elephant calves by Eden Game Farm in the Grootfontein district to a zoo in Dubai.
Read the full article on iafrica.com

Letter to Zimbabwe President regarding the export of baby elephants to China: January 2018
We are writing this letter on behalf of concerned wildlife advocates globally urging you to immediately halt the further capture and export of young, wild elephants from Zimbabwe’s parks to captive facilities overseas.
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Letter to the Minister of Environment, Zimbabwe, regarding potential exports of live elephants from Zimbabwe to captive facilities
Letter from the Species Survival Network (SSN) to the Minister of Environment, Zimbabwe, regarding potential exports of live elephants from Zimbabwe to captive facilities.
Read the full letterJoint Letter to Eden Wildlife regarding the export five young live elephants from Namibia
On behalf of the undersigned conservation and animal welfare organizations representing hundreds of millions of people worldwide, we urge you to immediately and permanently halt plans to capture and export five young live elephants from your Namibia property, Eden Wildlife to Safari Park Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
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Illegal trade in Tigers & Tiger parts

Call for Thai Government to revoke zoo licence for business behind notorious Tiger Temple
A total of 28 NGOs have today (5 March 2018) called on the Government of Thailand to revoke a zoo licence for the business behind the infamous Tiger Temple. The Tiger Temple – a tourist attraction and captive tiger facility notorious for tourist ‘tiger selfies’ – has been repeatedly implicated in illegal trade in tiger parts, as covered in a report by EIA, Education for Nature Vietnam and Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand, Cultivating Demand.
Read the full article on the Environmental Investigation Association website

Sign-on Letter issued to Thai authorities re. Tiger Temple
Fewer than 4,000 wild tigers survive worldwide, and poaching for trade continues to threaten their existence. To combat this threat, the demand for tigers, including from captive sources, must be eliminated. As an essential aspect of such efforts, those responsible for illegal tiger trade must face serious consequences.
Read the full letterLetter regarding the prosecution of Nguyen Mau Chien 
On behalf of the undersigned organisations, we are writing to congratulate you on your government’s commitment to tackle wildlife trafficking. This has been demonstrated by the landmark investigation and enforcement effort that has led to the upcoming first-instance trial of Nguyen Mau Chien and his associates Nguyen Van Tung, Nguyen Mau Thuan and Le Thi Hong. Nguyen Mau Chien is a key player in a network suspected of engaging in illegal trade in tigers and other wildlife on a global scale.
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Facilities (Farms And Individuals) Keeping And Breeding Asian Big Cats In Captivity In South Africa: Under Decision 17.229
Our research has shown that the industry is growing as there are more facilities and more tigers. Our research clearly shows that inbreeding is rampant and given the lack of regulation or control by South African authorities and the intersecting demand for tigers in Southeast Asia, tigers are facing obvious exploitation for cruel market-driven consumptive purposes.
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Lion Bone Trade

2019 Lion Bone Quota Submission
Determination of the 2019 Lion Bone Quota – Submission from Twenty-Five NGOs represented by the Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa to Minister and Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries, 17 June 2019
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Appendix 1 – Expert Opinion
Appendix 2 – The Extinction Business
Appendix 3 – The Economics of Captive Predator Breeding

SA Parliament hits out at Captive Lion Breeding & the Lion Bone Trade
In a move to hold the wayward Department of Environmental Affairs to account, and signalling the beginning of the end of the captive and canned lion industry in South Africa, the official Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Affairs Report and Recommendations on the Captive Lion industry in South Africa has been published. The full report is the Portfolio Committee’s Report Resolutions and Recommendations, which will then be considered by the National Assembly and ultimately Cabinet. The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs having conducted the “Colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa: Harming or promoting the Conservation Image of the Country”, held on 21 and 22 August 2018.
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Read the full Parliament of the RSA release – Announcements, Tablings and Committee reports
which can be found at Parliament’s website.

THE EXTINCTION BUSINESS – South Africa’s ‘Lion’ Bone Trade
In the last 18 months, the EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading have been gathering extensive information and investigating South Africa’s international ‘lion’ bone trade. This data has provided the basis of our Report. Read the full report
Appendix One: Big Cat Skeleton Exports 2014-2017 – Mindmap
Appendix TwoSouth African Skeleton Traders 2014-2017
Appendix Three: Foreign Skeleton Importers 2014-2017

Submission From BAT & EMS Foundation re DEA Proposed Lion Bone Quota
EMS Foundation, Captured in Africa Foundation, and global conservation groups call on South Africa to halt all captive-bred exports pending outcome of robust studies.
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South Africa suggests new export quota for captive -bred lion skeletons, putting wild lions at risk and supporting the canned lion industry
EMS Foundation, Captured in Africa Foundation, and global conservation groups call on South Africa to halt all captive-bred exports pending outcome of robust studies.
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DEA Lion Bone Quota Sign On Letter January 2017
We therefore strongly urge the South Africa government to develop a plan that will explain how each of these implementation and enforcement challenges will be addressed, prior to the captive-bred lion skeleton export quota going into effect.
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DAILY MAVERICK – Op Ed: Permission to drink a lion
There is something extremely bizarre about drinking a lion. But maybe in this world of post-truth it’s a new normal. After all, the cruelty we do to creatures in factory farms comes to us with no conscience, wrapped in plastic and labelled farm fresh. Every time we buy an egg or a steak or chicken breast we conspire in a little lie that it’s okay, says Don  Pinnock.
Read the full article on the Daily Maverick

Lion bone export quota in SA ‘a done deal’
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is on Tuesday poised to officially announce a government-approved annual export quota of 800 lion bone skeletons, despite worldwide revulsion and opposition to South Africa’s captive lion breeding and canned hunting industries.
Read the full article on news24.com

DEA ‘ignores’ concerns over lion bone trade
The South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has blatantly ignored public opinion by formally approving the export of 800 lion skeletons to Asia this year. This in spite of  international condemnation from conservationists and local stakeholders.
Read the full article on travel.iafrica.com

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