IN THIS ISSUE:
Pro-sustainable use U.S. environmental NGO tells EU its concerns of the attempts by Western animal a rights group to end all CITES regulated trade in wildlife species.
CoP18 — Geneva, Switzerland
Compiled by Emmanuel Koro, African environmental journalist who has extensively written on environment and development issues in Africa
The Ivory Education Institute (IEI) appeared before the European Commission this morning and made a presentation on the issues of concern to the organization at the 18th meeting of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
Here are the topics that Godfrey Harris, Managing Director of IEI, discussed at the EU meeting:
- There are groups at CoP18 intent on obliterating the middle name of CITES. They want to end all trade, international and domestic, in wild species.
- The animal rights groups believe that humans have no inherent right to interfere, profit or otherwise benefit from wild animals.
- The Sustainable Use Coalition says that man is as much an animal as any of his relatives who stays in the forests, still roam the bush or have kept to the seas.
- The fact that man has attained the top position of the food chain embarrasses many people, particularly in urban areas.
- They are appalled that some animals and plants may die in the process of bringing better balance to the clash between humans and animals.
- The fact that some policies threaten wildlife is used by the animal rights groups to raise buckets of money for their organizations.
- But the IEI asks why the West wants to repeat the same colonial policies of the 19th century?
Africa’s assets belong to Africa and should be managed by their governments without the heavy hand of the West, corrupting the process.
- Without money from wildlife some African countries wildlife management decision- makers are vulnerable to Western animal rights manipulation. They even struggle to pay for their food and accommodation to attend CITES meetings. At a local hotel here yesterday,
The Source witnessed several African delegates frantically phoning animal rights groups to make payments for their hotel accommodations. One of them already had his accommodation paid for by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.