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Sharks are being slaughtered at a breathtaking clip — and with shocking disregard for their suffering or for the waste of the rest of their bodies — to satisfy a demand for shark fin soup. They're being wiped out so that people can have appetizers. Well, maybe something finally is being done about that on an international level. Today, protective measures for five shark species advanced at the CITES conference in Bangkok, with final action on those measures to be fully resolved by week's end. Watch our Will Travers' reaction to the shark developments.
In a blow to polar bears and a maddening display of capitulation to crass commercial interests, an assemblage of nations today declined to provide extra protection — i.e., Appendix I status — for polar bears. Will Travers expresses his disappointment in the vote at the Bangkok meeting of CITES, which soundly rejected a proposal to an animal who also is greatly imperiled by the impacts of climate change.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the self-professed world’s largest professional global conservation network and a forum for governments, non-governmental organizations, scientists, business and local communities to meet the challenges facing conservation.
At the Species Survival Network dinner reception March 6, one of many events in Bangkok being held in association with CITES, Born Free USA Chief Executive Officer Will Travers introduced the Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards ceremony. To watch his six-minute presentation, which paid tribute to the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line to protect the world's imperiled wildlife, click on the image.
Born Free wildlife consultant Ian Redmond holds and references "Stolen Apes," which chronicles the capture of people involved in the illegal trade of primates. The banner behind him is from GRASP — Great Apes Survival Project, a United Nations-affiliated program that seeks to protect chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans in their native habitats.
Born Free USA's Will Travers summarizes a discussion about tigers that he participated in at the CITES conference in Bangkok. "I don't want to come back here in three years' time and have the same discussion again about how we need to do more. We need to do more
Will Travers, Born Free USA's chief executive officer, introduces a side event held at lunchtime March 4 during the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Conference of Parties meeting in Bangkok.
The event, entitled "Ending Tiger Trade — A Call for CITES Implementation," placed the spotlight firmly on "tiger farms" and other captive breeding facilities proliferating throughout Asia.
Born Free's Ian Redmond talks about elephants — the latest developments in the illegal ivory trade, how that issue is likely to be discussed at CITES, and what he hopes will happen at the conference to combat elephant poaching and provide much-needed protections for elephants, before it's too late.