karl ammann
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present features:

As CITES annual conf.
nears Karl expounds on
CITES double standards.

Karl's exposition of the
real Ivory price
in China.

Christopher Hasslet's
incredible report on the
illicit online ape trade.

An open letter regarding
developments in Guinea

concerning the illegal
export of great apes.

karl's recent Report on
, its permitting
system, with clear
evidence of its
failure to police
the trade in live animals
of endangered species

karl discusses how
disappearing wildlife,
worldwild, reappears
in Chinese Zoo and
Safari Park facilities

karl interviewed by
Southeast Asia Globe
reveals his trade secrets;
staying out of trouble,
disillusion w/progress
on illicit animal trade

CITES 2011 Guinea
Mission Report

karl comments on
Apparent drop in
rhino horn demand

karl wins another
SAB environmental
media award

Commercial Exploitation
and Cites

karl ammannn

Overwhelmed U.S. port
inspectors unable to keep up
with illegal wildlife trade
Darryl Fears (in Wash Post)

African fraud, local market
exacerbate illegal primate

Global Times

Media Report (in Chinese)
Southern China Weekly

the Conakry Connection
very detailed report on
great ape smuggling in Guinea
provides insight into the
worldwide animal trade.
karl ammann and others

latest (9-14)Conakry
Connection update

karl ammann and others

latest (1-14)Conakry
Connection update

karl ammann and others

Cites and the Shanghai 8
exporting illegal wild apes
claiming them captive bred
karl ammann

Cites and the Taiping4
more on the export
of illegal wild apes
claimed as captive bred
karl ammann

Karl's blogs for
National Geographic
tiger Trade, china's chimp
smuggling, ivory tracking,
rhino poaching and more.

Tiger farming in
SE Asia

karl ammann

more on the China-
Gorilla story

karl ammann

Cites and the illegal
trade in wildlife

karl ammann

emails/letters/issues ignored
bonobos to Armenia

GRASP correspondence on
illegal animal trade

allegations of a coverup at the
CITES secretariat

karl ammann

a fairy tale of ivory:
the ongoing tragedy of
incompetence, slaughter,
and lawlessness.
karl ammann and others

for details see this
transcript with NBouke.
karl ammann and others

the Rhino & the Bling - the
inside mechanics of the
rhino horn trade.
karl ammann

karl's latest elephant
poaching video

Millions spent on ape
conservation and where
are the results?

karl ammann

an interview with Karl
on the state of conservation,
poaching, trafficking
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Where Did All
the Tigers Go?

karl ammann

the detailed report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking

karl ammann

the updated report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking in Egypt

karl ammann

Tiger, Lion bones
and rhino horn

another piece in Swara

karl ammann

Tiger cake & rhino horn
from Swara, a magazine of the
East African Wildlife Society

karl ammann

Into the Asian Underworld
in Africa Geograpic's
Rhino Watch
(page 3)
karl ammann

karl speaks at Foreign
Correspondents' Club of
Thailand - International
Trade in Reptile Skins

rhino versus ape

karl ammann

the rhino horn story
at consumer end
karl ammann

the latest horrors of
Poaching in
karl ammann

addendums to
elephants and elephant
conservation in the DRC

karl ammann

Our reptile skin trade
is now online.

Rhino Files: 333 rhinos
killed by poachers in
barbaric fashion

karl ammann
bernadette cook

Cites and the diplomatic
approach: these videos
say it does not work

karl ammann

Karl wins another
Genesis award

notes on Orang conservation
in Kalimantan - a sad story

errol pietersen

despite illegally held apes
CITES action minimal

karl ammann

asia geographic on
illegal wildlife trade

dale peterson
karl amman

africa geographic
reports on karl's
smuggling studies

karl ammann

Karl's German site

of interest

karl nominated for
zoological society medal

'Canned hunting': the
lions bred for slaughter

The Guardian

Seven rhinos killed ...
Kenya's bloodiest week

The Guardian

Forestry Education info
chase g

Not on Animal Planet
karl ammann

2010 Bili-Uere Update
karl ammann

more on wildlife
trafficking from Boten -
bears, leopard, tiger cubs

karl ammann

"horrific slaughter of
elephants ... butchered
in the Central African
Republic ... "

from BBC Newsnight

HIV ignored in Natl
Geographic article on
disease transmission

karl ammann

The Protein Gap
A misleading article

karl ammann

Mass Gorilla Execution
Can we learn from it?

karl ammann

Hundreds of Elephants
killed in DRC Park

from radio Okapi

Hunting Report take
on Chimp escape

karl ammann

US Wildlife Agency
provides a bandaid

karl ammann

open letter to CITES
re: wildlife export

karl ammann

important books

elephant reflections
dale peterson
karl ammann

eating apes
dale peterson
karl ammann

consuming nature
anthony rose
karl ammann

Commercial Exploitation and Cites

I attended the recent CITES Standing Committee meeting as a media representative but I am also part of the steering committee of the Ol Pejeta Pegas project headed by Dan Stiles - and would like to respond in that capacity.

I do not believe the great ape trade is just another wildlife trade issue. When it comes to CITES Parties trading live, wild sourced, CITES Appendix I listed species I believe the great ape trade to be at the forefront. It is as detrimental to the overall wild population of the wild population as any trade in CITES Appendix I listed species.

The great ape trade in recent years has involved pre-meditated circumvention of key CITES Convention provisions, resulted in approximately 10 gorillas being executed at the China end and well over a hundred other apes being commercially exploited in China in breach of further CITES provisions (with thousands having been killed in the wild to source those that were exported)

As far as the CITES and the SC65 meeting in Geneva is concerned, could you confirm:

1) How many working groups were created at SC65

2) How often working groups requested by Parties and / or NGO's were previously lumped with an existing group without any consultation or vote?

3) How often have such additions to groups been created without interested parties being given an option to join?

4) How often has there been a scenario where the attending parties, having expressed an interest in such a working group, were not asked to join?

5) In how many cases has the chair of such a group decided to invite parties who were not involved in the corresponding discussion to join that group whilst excluding parties who did express an interest in joining?

To the best of my knowledge no other major infraction of the Convention was dealt with in such a superficial manner. Even the 12 Rock Iguanas who were recently repatriated back to the Bahamas got more attention than the illegally trafficked apes - not one of which has yet to be repatriated.

This to me amounted to a railroading process, counterproductive to the objectives of having balanced working groups. We firmly believe that we have more detailed information on the illegal trade in great apes than either the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group or GRASP.

I have in the past accused the CITES Secretariat of covering up major aspects of this trade and would at this stage like to repeat this allegation (see also the attached report). The non-event that was SC65 as far as great apes are concerned and the exclusion of those with key evidence, from the only CITES working group even remotely having great apes within its remit, will appear to outsiders as nothing less than a cover up of a cover up!?!

The approach you propose below of adding two establishment actors with the mandate 'to not pick up great ape issues more generally' will, in my opinion, deserve the above classification.

I suggest the Chair of the Standing Committee reconsider and that a specialist working group be set up dealing with the great ape trade exclusively, considering all of the evidence including that relating to the apparent cover up.

Your proposed approach to dealing with one of the most serious CITES infractions presently on the table will do nothing to clarify any aspect of this sorry saga nor help prevent similar infractions in future.

Karl Ammann

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