CITES Remains Toothless

The conference of the parties to the United-Nations (UN) Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) once again did only proof that the CITES treaty is a toothless instrument when it comes to really enforce protection of endangered species…

South African vet exasperated by rhino poaching in KZN

While rhino poaching has decreased in the country overall according to recent stats, KwaZulu Natal is one of the provinces in which it has increased. And for Dr. Dave Cooper, a vet with over three decades’ of experience, the last few days have been…

Private rhino owners have lost R1.45bn fighting poaching

by Paul HermanCape Town – Private rhino owners have lost R1.45bn fighting poaching since 2009, Parliament’s portfolio committee on environmental affairs heard on Tuesday.Around 330 private rhino reserves had lost rhino worth R300m to poaching, and spent a total of R1.15bn on security in…

What can we expect from SA at CoP 17?

As the countdown begins to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) for CITES, which commences in Johannesburg on 24 September, conservationists question the relevance of the issues at stake and what can be expected from the host – South Africa? With…