Guest Post from Chester
PEOPLE- WE NEED TO WAKE UP!!!!!
CITES meeting in 2016 IS NOT going to list the WHITE RHINO, AFRICAN ELEPHANT and LION as ENDANGERED SPECIES UNDER APPENDIX I because of the USFW!!! WHY? Because USA (#1 for trophy hunting) LIKES to HUNT THEM TO EXTINCTION!!!! WE CAN CHANGE THAT!!! The meeting ONLY happens every two to three years!!! WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION!
PLEASE GO HERE- CLICK BLUE BUTTON TO LEAVE A COMMENT FOR CITES MEETING – BE SURE TO ASK CITES and USFW to list ALL white rhinos, lions, and African elephants under Appendix I as endangered species and tell them politely how you feel.
More Info http://www.fws.gov/international/
PROOF BELOW THAT USA PLANS TO KEEP TROPHY HUNTING- RIGHT FROM A USFW/CITES DOCUMENT!!!!
ELEPHANT = NOT ENDANGERED SPECIES (ALL)
“The United States is unlikely to submit a proposal for inclusion of all African elephants in Appendix I unless we receive significant additional information about the species’ biological status and international trade impacts, indicating that the criteria for listing these populations of African elephants in Appendix I are met, or an African elephant range country requests our assistance.
In 2008, the African elephant as “Vulnerable” and is listed as “Threatened” (throughout its range) under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), with a special rule under Section 4(d) of the Act (50 CFR 17.40(e)), which regulates trade in African elephant specimens. In 1989, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior established a moratorium under the African Elephant Conservation Act (AfECA) on the import into the United States of African elephant ivory, except for sport-hunted trophies,which remains in place (with certain limited exceptions) today.
The United States recognizes that currently the greatest threat to African elephants is the illegal killing as a result of the skyrocketing demand for ivory. Transfer of African elephants to Appendix I would not solve the crisis, however. The United States is taking a whole-of government approach to combating wildlife trafficking, including trafficking of elephant ivory. To help ensure that U.S. domestic markets do not contribute to the decline of elephants in the wild, the Service has taken steps to further control U.S. domestic trade in elephant ivory.”
WHITE RHINO= NOT ENDANGERED SPECIES (ALL)
The United States is unlikely to submit a proposal for inclusion of South Africa or Swaziland populations of southern white rhinoceroses in Appendix I at CoP17 unless significant additional information is received about its biological status and international trade impacts, indicating that
a proposal is warranted, or either South Africa or Swaziland requests our assistance.
LIONS= NOT ENDANGERED SPECIES
The United States does not intend to submit proposals for the following taxa unless we receive significant additional information indicating that a proposal is warranted.At this time, the United States remains undecided about proposing to transfer the African lion from Appendix II to Appendix I, pending range State consultations and the results of the CITES Periodic Review and the IUCN Red List Assessment,which we expect will provide additional trade and biological information that will inform our decision. “Although not a range country for the African lion, the United States is a major importer of African lions and their parts, a portion of which are imported for commercial purposes.” “The Animals Committee is conducting a Periodic Review of the African lion, a representative of the IUCN informed the Animals Committee that an updated Red List. Assessment of the African lion would be completed in 2015. In addition, potential nomenclature changes to lion subspecies were suggested. ”
= WHY? Because USA (#1 for trophy hunting) LIKES to HUNT THEM ALL!!!