Tagged: CITES

What difference will closing the Chinese domestic ivory market make? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jan 13, 2017

The recent decision by China to close its domestic ivory trade industry has been welcomed by many conservationists. Nonetheless, I remain skeptical it will be a significant move to curb poaching.  This is generally accepted to have peaked in around 2011, albeit it is uncertain whether wild populations can sustain the illegal off-take.  The overall picture is still murky.  While … Read More

Let’s not panic: Rhino horn for sale in NZ is not a catastrophe - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Apr 08, 2016

News that the auction house Cordy’s is selling a rhino horn earned a rapid backlash.  Nonetheless, from a conservation perspective this is really, a non-issue.  The logic that sale of old horns promotes rhino poaching, is akin to believing our trade in whale-bone carvings is encouraging the Japanese to hunt whales. NZ conservation laws for the most part, concern … Read More

Growing and protecting New Zealand’s wildlife economy - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Mar 04, 2015

Wildlife is critical to the economies of nations. New Zealand’s whales, dolphins, albatross, kiwi, tuatara and kauri bring tourists. And the tourists who come to see our wildlife stay for longer and spend more, especially in our provinces and small towns, than those who come for our casinos and high-end hotels [1, 2]. Even … Read More

The new ivory crime organisations: did we create them? - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jan 14, 2015

One aspect of the current elephant poaching crisis is the contribution of organised crime.  If we look back to the last time elephants were being decimated in the 1980s, this was not the case.  So understanding these criminal organisations and their motivations is important.  So far I’ve been able to show that smuggling levels, are in part, driven by shipping … Read More

To Dunedin! On an ivory quest! - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Oct 22, 2014

Well, not exactly.   But on Friday, I will be at Otago University and giving a seminar on ivory black markets.  One topic I’m going to highlight is whether the legal factories in China (all 37 of them) are a significant source of illegal carvings. The production problem is usually glibly ignored or assumed away.  But essentially, if you do … Read More

Excellent elephant conservation blog by Daniel Stiles - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Sep 16, 2014

Long-time elephant conservationist Daniel Stiles has an excellent blog at National Geographic on elephant conservation and the ivory trade.  I think everybody who is concerned with conservation policy and elephants should read it. On the 80’s poaching crisis- Tragically, the rising calls for an ivory trade ban increased poaching because East Asian dealers and factories decided to stockpile … Read More

Elephant poaching in decline - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jun 25, 2014

Ahead of the Standing Committee CITES meeting in July, a number of documents have been circulated.  One is SC65-42-01 .  This is the report on the status of elephants, poaching levels and illegal trade. One of the monitoring mechanism for African Elephants is PIKE.  This uses several indicator-sites through African range states to estimate the poaching rates of elephants.  … Read More

The Missing Ivory Puzzle - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Feb 04, 2014

Poaching levels of African elephants have surged to an appalling level.  Since 2007 the illegal traffic in ivory has more than doubled [1].  By 2011 the numbers of elephants killed annually was estimated to be 25,000 animals [1]. The increase in poaching is reflected in the seizure rates of raw ivory.  This seizure metric is supported by evidence from shrinking … Read More