14-24 November 2022. Panama City, Panama
CITES-CoP19 and its member nations must guarantee regulation ensuring the protection of Earth’s last wild inhabitants. Failure to fortify the interface between human activities and the lives of wild animals and plants will set the stage for future pandemics, economic failure, extinction events, and ecological collapse.
Even as economic considerations are factored, nature must be valued over money. #NatureNotMoney. We respectfully call on CITES’ member nations to support the following at CoP19:
- List all African elephants on Appendix I. Specifically:
Support the proposal by Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, and Senegal to transfer African Elephant populations in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe from Appendix II to Appendix I.Oppose Zimbabwe’s proposal concerning elephant populations of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
- Close all loopholes in Appendix I and Appendix II permitting the live capture and trade of elephants.
- Maintain the international ban on rhino horn trade. Specifically:Oppose the proposal by Namibia and Botswana to transfer Namibia’s population of southern white rhinos from Appendix I to Appendix II to facilitate trophy hunting and live animal trade for in-situ conservation purposes.
- Move Oophaga vicentei to CITES Appendix I.
- Prohibit the import and export of trophies.
- Regulate the trade of Traditional Medicines using the body parts of IUCN red-listed animals.
- Implement and enforce an e-permit registration system in all participating member-nations.
Read full letter – CITES-CoP19-Demands )