CITES must end its neo-colonialism

Speaking out: Lapointe was CITES secretary-general between 1982 and 1990
Speaking out: Lapointe was CITES secretary-general between 1982 and 1990

Panama City, PANAMA — The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) faces a crisis of legitimacy.

Since 1975, it has imposed global trade prohibitions or restrictions intended to protect species threatened with extinction. It has largely failed. It has also lost the support of many range states, who view CITES and the international non-governmental organisations that egg it on to be neo-colonialists who disrespect their views and violate their sovereignty.

The 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP) in Panama City should very seriously reflect on Tanzania's closing statement at the 18th CoP, on behalf of the Southern African Development Community. In it, these 16 countries – home to many iconic species such as elephant, rhino, lion and giraffe – threatened to withdraw from the treaty altogether.

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