CITES is currently meeting again. Discussions on the fate of our rhinos are taking place as you’re reading this.
As poachers kill, and rangers fight, CITES is talking. While the slaughter continues, CITES is handing out certificates.
Looking at the CITES agenda, some of the recommendations on the rhino are as follows:
*Mozambique should develop a national rhino horn action plan, with timeframes and milestones, and submit this to the Secretariat by 8th August 2014.
*Mozambique is requested to submit a comprehensive report on progress in the implementation of its national rhino action plan, and on any other action taken… to be submitted to the Secretariat by 31st January 2015.
*Viet Nam is requested to provide a further comprehensive report on actions taken…including, in particular, by providing an update on the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Directive On strengthening the direction and implementation of measures for controlling and protecting endangered, rare and precious wild animals, and a detailed update on update on arrests, seizures, prosecutions and penalties for offences related to illegal rhinoceros horn possession and trade in Viet Nam…to be submitted to the Secretariat by 31st January 2015.
And what happens if they don’t receive these reports? Or if the reports are showing these countries are failing? Non-compliance will be met with….what?
It is time to enact sanctions against the offending parties. Our wildlife deserves better than “talk”. It is time for action, swift and decisive action. There isn’t time for anything else.