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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wildlife Conservation News for 7 Oct 2017 - UK Ivory Ban Special

 

The Global March for Elephants, Rhinos, Lions and Pangolin

The Global March for Elephants, Rhinos, Lions and Pangolin

 

Global Theme: “March Against Extinction”

According to Rosemary Alles co-founder and president of The Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions in South Africa, “The heart of the overarching failure of conservation in Africa is the disengagement of indigenous communities from the conversation about conservation.”

Undoubtedly, Western and Asian markets and legal passage through countries of elephant ivory, rhino horn, lion bone, and pangolin scales escalate the demise of these important and iconic species as well as human encroachment on wild territories and unregulated hunting practices like the canned hunting that happens to large carnivores on our borders in South Africa.

Nevertheless, at the heart of the overarching failure of conservation in Africa is the disengagement of indigenous communities from the conversation about conservation.


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UK bans ivory trade to help end 'horrendous' elephant poaching

UK bans ivory trade to help end horrendous elephant poaching

 

LONDON - The UK will introduce a "total ban" on the sale and trade of almost all ivory in an attempt to end elephant poaching, the government has announced.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced that his department would be launching a consultation into ending the trade of ivory on Friday, saying he wanted to end the "horrendous" practice of elephant poaching.

There would be a "very limited number of exceptions" to the ban, including musical instruments or items of "genuine artistic significance," in order to protect the "beautiful, iconic animal" Gove told Sky News.

The UK is currently the biggest exporter of legal ivory in the world, with pieces carved before 1947 or worked on before 1990 with government certificates legally allowed to be sold.


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UK ivory trade ban to help end 'shame' of elephant poaching

UK ivory trade ban to help end shame of elephant poaching

 

The UK government has bowed to campaigners and will ban the sale of ivory regardless of age, according to a new consultation.

The UK is the biggest exporter of legal ivory in the world and shutting down the trade will help prevent illegal ivory being laundered by criminals. More than 50 elephants are killed by poachers every day on average and the population of African elephants plunged by a third between 2007-14 alone, leading to warnings that the entire species could go extinct.

The international trade in ivory has been illegal since 1990 but currently the UK law allows trade in “antiques” carved before 1947, or items worked before 1990 that have government certificates. In September 2016, the then environment secretary Andrea Leadsom pledged to ban the sale of items carved before 1990, but not before 1947, although no progress was made on implementation.

The new ban, put forward on Friday by Leadsom’s successor, Michael Gove, will prohibit the sale of pre-1947 ivory. This represents a U-turn and comes as a surprise – the Conservatives removed a pledge on ivory from their 2017 general election manifesto in June that had been in the 2015 manifesto.


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Source: The Guardian


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Plans for ban on ivory sales in the UK to help end elephant poaching

Plans for ban on ivory sales in the UK to help end elephant poaching

 

The surprise move by Environment Secretary Michael Gove comes after the Tories quietly scrapped plans for a ban on the bloodthirsty trade earlier this year

Plans for a near-total ban on ivory sales in the UK will be set out today to help end elephant­ poaching.

The surprise move by Environment Secretary Michael Gove comes after the Tories quietly scrapped plans for a ban on the bloodthirsty trade earlier this year.

Mr Gove warned the declines in elephant populations­ fuelled by poaching for their tusks “shames our generation”.

About 20,000 elephants are killed yearly, threatening the beasts with extinction in some African countries.

Conservation groups fear the lawful market for ivory in the UK is used to hide illegal trade.


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Source: http://www.mirror.co.uk


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Britain to impose near-total ban on ivory

Britain to impose near-total ban on ivory

 

The sale of almost all ivory will be banned under new Government plans to stop elephant poaching.

Laws brought in in September 2016 made it illegal to sell ivory which is less than 70 years old, but stopped short of a total ban.

Conservation groups have called for the Government to outlaw almost all ivory items, warning that the UK's legal market has been used as a cover for the illegal trade of elephant tusks.

Setting out proposals for a near-total ban on ivory sales, including antiques, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said declines in elephant populations fuelled by poaching “shames our generation”.


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Source: Independent


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Government proposes ivory trade ban in victory for Duke of Cambridge

Government proposes ivory trade ban in victory for Duke of Cambridge

 

A ban on the sale of ivory in the UK is to be examined by the government, in a victory for  the Duke of Cambridge’s campaign to halt the trade in endangered wildlife.   

The proposed block on all would see the trade in all worked ivory, regardless of date, banned, with exceptions made for sales to and between museums, of musical instruments, of items containing only small amounts of ivory, and items of significant historical, cultural, or artistic value. 

The sale of raw tusks of any age is already illegal. Worked ivory items produced after 3 March 1947 can be sold with a certificate, with no restrictions at all on worked ivory produced before that date.

The proposed extension of the ban to cover "antique" ivory has been urged by conservationists because they say it is used by poachers as cover for laundering tusks from elephants killed on Africa.


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Source: The Telegraph


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The Duke of Cambridge honours the heroes saving Africa's wildlife

The Duke of Cambridge honours the heroes saving Africas wildlife

 

In the frequently bleak and bloody world of conservation, the transformation of Chad’s Zakouma National Park stands out as a rare success story.

Its elephant population of around 4,000 in the mid-2000s was butchered so savagely by Sudanese horsemen that scarcely 450 were left by 2010, the year a burly South African named Rian Labuschagne took over the park’s management. Moreover, those pachyderms that had survived the massacres were so stressed that they had stopped breeding.

Today, Zakouma’s elephant population is not only secure but growing. In recognition of that, Labuschagne this week received the prestigious Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, presented by Desmond Tutu at the fifth annual Tusk Conservation Awards ceremony in Cape Town. The 86-year-old former archbishop had been coaxed from retirement by the Duke of Cambridge, patron of the British-based charity.

At the same event, Graca Machel (Nelson Mandela’s widow) presented the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa to Brighton Kumchedwa (details below), while former president FW de Klerk handed the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award to joint recipients Solomon Chidunuka and Lucky Ndlovu for their anti-poaching work. 


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Source: The Telegraph


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Endangered African Animals - Latest news 6 Oct 2017

Endangered African Animals - Latest news 6 Oct 2017

 


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