CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Thursday, March 7, 2013

U.S Polar Bear Proposal Soundly Defeated, but SCI & SCI Foundation Need To Stay Alert:  The U.S. proposal to list the polar bear on Appendix I (endangered) went down to defeat on March 7, despite a lot of diplomatic arm-twisting by the U.S.  SCI and SCI Foundation helped ensure the defeat in many ways, including …

World’s Largest Wildlife Trade Convention Rejects Polar Bear Trade Ban

    World’s Largest Wildlife Trade Convention Rejects Polar Bear Trade Ban For Immediate Release: March 7, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand –  A six month diplomatic initiative by the U.S. State Department and the Department of the Interior to list the polar bear as an endangered species under Appendix I of CITES failed today. The 178 nations …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

SCI and SCI Foundation Lion Strategy Pays Dividends Today the meeting agreed to continue the review of the status of lions to the next CITES meeting, in two - three years.  This review is part of a strategy developed between SCI and SCI Foundation and several major lion range countries to prevent Kenya from making …

Conservation of Asian Sheep Species Depends on Support from International Hunters

For Immediate Release: March 6, 2013 Washington, DC – During a presentation at the 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP16) of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), the nations in attendance were educated about the incredible conservation programs being funded by international hunter-conservationist organizations like Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation). “Too …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Tuesday, March 5, 2013

U.S.  High-Level Diplomatic Push on Polar Bears   SCI and SCI Foundation has learned that at least one country was ordered by their capital to vote in favor of the US polar bear listing proposal.  Other evidence shows that the US is using all its diplomatic assets to get votes to list the bear on …

Serious Trade Concerns about Polar Bears Loom at Outset of CoP 16

Three years ago, the parties to CITES soundly rejected a U.S. proposal to up-list the polar bear to Appendix I at the 15th Conference of Parties (CoP15). The U.S. again is asking the parties to consider the up-listing, this time with support by Russia. The up-listing proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Monday, March 4, 2013

Rhino Export Ban Proposal Kenya is likely to withdraw the ban.  SCI and SCI Foundation delegations are actively lobbying to defeat this issue.  SCI and SCI Foundation have heard that at a meeting of all the African countries this morning Kenya was sharply criticized for their proposal to ban all white rhino hunting trophy exports …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Sunday, March 3, 2013

ELEPHANT AND RHINO POACHING After an introduction by video from Prince William of the UK, the Prime Minister of Thailand opened the meeting and told the 2,000 delegates from 150 countries that there is a crisis in elephant and rhino poaching, driven by criminal syndicates and requiring significant financial resources to fight it. The elephant …

CITES Dateline – Bangkok, Saturday, March 2, 2013

The main CITES meeting begins tomorrow, but the CITES Standing Committee (executive body) met today to consider a number of issues. Between the formal discussions and many opportunities for side meetings, SCI and SCI Foundation have already secured some victories and have laid the groundwork for other major issues. LIONS There are no rumors yet …

SCI and SCI Foundation to Represent Hunters at CITES

    International Conference Will Influence Wildlife Conservation For Immediate Release: February 26, 2013 Safari Club International (SCI) and Safari Club International Foundation (SCI Foundation) and will represent hunter-conservationists during the 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The 16th CoP takes place in Bangkok, Thailand March 3-14, …