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CITES CoP17: WCS Applauds Lao PDR for Committing to Shut Down Commercial Tiger Farms

Lao PDR: No More Breeding of Tigers for Body Parts

WCS's Sue Lieberman speaking in support at the CITES Standing Committee meeting:  https://vimeo.com/183967748

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CITES CoP17: WCS Applauds Lao PDR for Committing to Shut Down Commercial Tiger Farms

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – (September 23, 2016) – The following comment was issued today by the Wildlife Conservation Society at CITES CoP17.

Said WCS VP of International Policy and Head of the WCS Delegation to the CoP, Susan Lieberman:

“WCS applauds the Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) for its announcement today that it is committed to closing facilities that keep and breed tigers for commercial purposes.

“Any commercial tiger farms undermine efforts to halt the illegal trade and protect wild animals by complicating enforcement efforts, and by facilitating the illegal trade in their parts and derivative products, which in turn enhances demand and stimulates trafficking for such items.  

“Lao PDR’s plans to shut down their tiger farms is needed to enable better enforcement behind protecting these species. 

“WCS stands ready to further assist our government partners in Lao PDR as they move forward to with this plan. 

For more information on WCS and CITES Cop17, go to wcs.org/cites

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society)
MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: newsroom.wcs.org <http://s.bl-1.com/h/0F83V0p?url=http://newsroom.wcs.org>  Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242 <tel:347-840-1242> .
 
CITES
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.CITES regulates international trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The  CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable. CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973. The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Center. South Africa offered to host CoP17 at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Bangkok, March 2013), which was accepted by acclamation. Following discussions with the South African authorities and the finalization of an open bid process, the host city was announced through a joint media release on 19 June, 2015.