CITES

Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species

CITES is a UN Treaty, signed up to by 183 countries who meet every 3 years. CoP18 in Geneva was the latest of these triannual discussions amongst the 183 nations. It is the setting of hard lobbying by those who gain a profit from the trade of endangered species, including those involved in trophy hunting (see photos from Geneva below)

CITES exempts trophy hunting because it counts it as ‘non-commercial’ trade. We think this multi-million dollar industry is anything BUT non-commercial. The latest CoP in Geneva voted to double the number of Appendix I listed black rhinos that can be killed by trophy hunters.

we challenged the ‘trophy hunting’ exemption at cites cop18 in geneva

At the current CITES CoP18 meeting in Geneva, we handed in a letter to the Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero, signed by 50 MEPs and NGOs calling on her to end this exemption.

Ivonne Higuero at CoP18
Ivonne higuero, Secretary General of CITES, in geneva.

At the current CITES CoP18 meeting in Geneva, we handed in a letter to the Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero, signed by 50 MEPs and NGOs calling on her to end this exemption.

cites: a quick explanation of cites and it’s voting system explained through the recent vote on live elephants:

Go to our Giraffes page to read how recent votes affect them

Go to our Rhinos page to see how CITES affects them.