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The Born Free Foundation has welcomed news that the Government of Malawi will destroy their ivory stockpiles

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 aprile 2015

ivoryHead of State, His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, will set light to four tonnes of ivory in a show of the highest possible political will and a demonstration to the world of Malawi’s commitment to combat illegal wildlife trade. Malawi is known for its vibrant culture and friendly people, and the occasion is expected to reflect the warm heart of Africa, the nation’s love of wildlife and a renewed commitment to protect its natural heritage. Members of the public will join the Government and NGOs in a solidarity walk to Parliament where the ceremony will take place. Just before the torching, the President will accept signatures from over 7000 people who recently joined the campaign to ‘Stop Wildlife Crime. Protect Malawi’s Wildlife’. This symbolic move will recognise both the public support galvanised through the campaign and the importance of engaging all sectors of society in the fight against wildlife crime moving forward.Speaking out in support of Malawi’s ‘stop wildlife crime’ campaign, led by Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, renowned conservationist and Wildlife Consultant for the Born Free Foundation, Ian Redmond OBE, said: “Last year I watched the French Government grind over 3 tonnes of illegal ivory to dust, last month Kenya torched 15 tonnes of ivory, and now Malawi has followed suit with its stockpile of 4 tonnes. People say, ‘Why not sell it and use the money to protect elephants’ but that would be like throwing petrol on a fire! As long as there is a legal ivory trade, there will be criminals trying to launder illegal ivory into that trade. Elephants and people will be killed in the process. As elephant numbers plummet across Africa, this is no time to repeat the mistakes of the past – Malawi is to be congratulated for sending a clear signal to the world – the fashion for ivory is over! Wildlife crime will not be tolerated. Criminals will be prosecuted and their contraband destroyed. Elephants will be valued for the role they play in the ecology of Africa as super-keystone species – mega-gardeners of the forest and savannah.”
Jonathan Vaughan, Director of Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, said: “We hope the world sits up and gives Malawi the recognition it deserves for this symbolic act. So much has been achieved here in the past year and the ‘Stop Wildlife Crime’ campaign is just one of these initiatives. We’re seeing stiffer sentences, better inter-agency collaboration and the re-writing of laws. Whilst next week we shall be taking a moment to celebrate Malawi’s accomplishments, these commemorations in reality signify the start of a long fight. We must keep an eye on our goal – to protect Malawi’s wildlife, not just for the benefit of tourism and the economy but also for its intrinsic value and its role as one of Africa’s keystone species. For years few people have paid attention to Malawi and its wildlife, but here we have the opportunity to become a role model for the region. At the very least, Malawi is the first SADC country this century to destroy its ivory. If there is continued co-operation between Government and NGO’s, both locally and internationally, then I believe we can succeed.”
Brighton Kumchedwa, Director of Parks & Wildlife, has said: “Whilst we have achieved some tremendous results in the last year, wildlife conservation is heading towards a crisis that requires collaboration, grit and determination. The fight has only just begun.” (photo ivory)

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Groundbreaking Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Uncovers Ivory Supply Chain from Poached African Elephants to Markets in Asia

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 ottobre 2014

born freeWashington, Born Free USA and C4ADS released a groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Criminalisation of the African Ivory Trade, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets tens of thousands of miles away in Asia. This information comes four months after the groups’ shocking report, Ivory’s Curse: The Militarisation and Professionalisation of Poaching in Africa, which detailed the poaching crisis and its links to violent militias, organized crime, and government corruption. View the full report at http://www.bornfreeusa.org/OutOfAfrica. According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of The Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA, “The ivory trade is operating today at the highest level since the 1989 commercial ivory trade ban. Our investigation reveals that between 2009 and June 2014, there were more than 90 large-scale ivory seizures, collectively weighing almost 170 tons that bear the hallmarks of international organized crime. This would amount to approximately 229,729 elephants killed and trafficked in fewer than six years.””It is well known that East Asian nationals, and, in particular, the Chinese, drive the modern ivory trade. However, the scale we found in our investigation was shocking; Chinese traffickers are present in virtually every single African range state, and operate at nearly every point along the ivory supply chain,” Roberts explains. Varun Vira, Chief of Analysis at C4ADS and co-author of the report commissioned by Born Free USA, said, “The ivory trade is worth billions of dollars but is still talked about as if it were an unprofessional, disorganized, and artisanal industry, of concern only to conservationists. In reality, it is a highly organized, complex global crime that has avoided consequence for decades. However, our report reveals that there may be as few as 100 large-scale ivory containers moving annually that drive the vast majority of the entire illegal trade. Focusing efforts on intercepting these containers and tracing back their owners and facilitators can have a real impact on the trade.” (born free)

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Paris Ivory Crush Sends Powerful Message but More Needed

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 febbraio 2014

paris1France has today crushed and incinerated 3.5 tonnes of ivory, in the shadow of the iconic Eiffel Tower ahead of the UK-hosted Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade taking place in London on the 13th February.
International wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation, has been protecting elephants and supporting initiatives to eliminate the illegal trade in ivory for more than a quarter of a century. Welcoming this historic event, Born Free’s President, Will Travers OBE, said:“By destroying this ivory, France is sending two key messages to the global community: that the illegal ivory trade is completely unacceptable and that ivory should never be allowed to enter the marketplace, where it fuels demand and contributes to the death of both elephants and the wildlife rangers trying to protect them.” Many of the world’s governments are in possession of increasingly large stockpiles of ivory, as a result of seizures made by enforcement agencies (see http://www.bloodyivory.org). Keeping the ivory secure from criminals can be a huge drain on scarce resources available for wildlife conservation. In some countries, widespread corruption means that these stockpiles are vulnerable to leakage, with ivory sold to traffickers by corrupt officials. It has been known, for example, for the same ivory to be seized by enforcement officials more than once. Therefore, in the face of alarming levels of elephant poaching and huge volumes of ivory being trafficked, governments are increasingly accepting that stockpile destruction is the only viable long term solution. France’s ivory destruction follows hot on the heels of similar initiatives: in June 2012, Gabon burnt its entire 4.8 tonne stockpile, in June 2013 the Philippines crushed almost 5 tonnes, followed by the United States of America crushing almost 6 tonnes in November last year. China also crushed 6 tonnes of ivory last month.“As many as 50,000 elephants a year are being brutally poached for their ivory tusks”, continued Mr Travers. “It is the responsibility of the global community to stamp out this trade immediately. Destroying stockpiles and removing them from future use is a vital step in this process. The next step is to raise the necessary funds to implement the African Elephant Action Plan – a blueprint for elephant conservation across the African continent which has been approved by the 178 Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and adopted by all 38 African elephant range States. As far as I am concerned, a future without elephants is a truly appalling prospect and we simply must find the funds to implement the Action Plan before it is too late.” Born Free today urges all of the world’s governments to destroy all their ivory, commit to implementing the global ban on ivory trade, take action against the ruthless criminals involved in this dreadful and bloody business, and pledge funds for implementation of the African Elephant Action Plan. “This alone”, continued Travers, “will ensure the survival of elephants throughout their range.”

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