During the first two weeks of March, delegates from countries party to CITES (Convention on Trade in Endangered Species) met in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss the impacts of trade on elephants, tigers, rhinos, sharks, pangolins, manta rays and much more. The Born Free team was there doing its utmost to urge precaution and encouraging less not more trade...
So far, discussions about elephants at the two week CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) meeting currently being held in Bangkok have centred around the current poaching crises hitting many African populations. Despite this, country delegates, some non-governmental organisations and other lobbyists are still talking about legal trade in ivory.
Working with the Judicial Police, Conservation Justice has assisted with investigations that have resulted in the arrest this week of a high ranking Gabonese official who has admitted to heading one of the country’s largest ivory trafficking networks.
In a pattern eerily reminiscent of the horrific mass killings in Bouba Ndjida National Park in Northern Cameroon this time last year, a media report just in is highlighting the severe danger currently facing elephants in Cameroon, Chad and Central African Republic.