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The recent burglary of a rhino horn from the County Cork home of internationally renowned Riverdance King Michael Flatley confirms that the trade in wild animal parts is flourishing in Ireland.

28th January 2014: Most Irish daily newspapers reported and Just Forests issued a press release asking Mr Flatley to join us in delivering 600 signatories to the Archbishop of Armagh asking the Catholic Church to ban the sale of religious objects made from ivory.

US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton links wildlife trafficing to 'terrorism' “...over the past few years wildlife trafficking has become more organized, more lucrative, more widespread, and more dangerous than ever before...it is also a national security issue, a public health issue, and an economic security issue.” said Secretary Clinton at the event hosted by the US Department of State.

Our Lenten Appeal 2014: In an online editorial Jan. 17, National Geographic said that by taking a stand against the use of ivory for religious objects, the Vatican could help slow the slaughter. The article included the personal email addresses of Father Lombardi and his secretary.

You can also sign our petition to the Catholic Church by following this link...


The surge in the killing of elephants (critical 'flagship' species) in Africa and the illegal taking of other listed species globally threatens not only wildlife populations but the livelihoods of millions who depend on tourism for a living and the lives of those wardens and wildlife staff who are attempting to stem the illegal tide.

What is a “flagship” Species?
Flagships are generally high profile and charismatic species that may play a significant ecological role and often have important cultural associations. Flagship species act as symbols for the threats to the broader ecosystem in which they occur, and can thus act as catalysts for wide-ranging conservation activities. (FFI International)

Watch the video on The Huffington Post

A report "Elephants in the Dust - The African Elephant Crises" - produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC) - says that systematic monitoring of large-scale seizures of ivory destined for Asia is indicative of the involvement of criminal networks, which are increasingly active and entrenched in the trafficking of ivory between Africa and Asia.

Geneva, 21 May 2013 – The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is attending today a conference hosted by..


Brazil, 3 May 2013: A news item entitled 'CITES Secretary-General engages IUCN Commissions in the fight against wildlife crime' was posted on the CITES website on 3 May 2013 at the address below:


CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anemones
CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva
Fax: +41-(0)22-797-34-17

Bangkok, 6 March 2013— Populations of elephants in Africa continue to be under severe threat as the illegal trade in ivory grows - with double the numbers of elephants killed and triple the amounts of ivory seized, over the last decade.

Tuesday 19th March, 2013-The GUARDIAN: 86 elephants killed in Chad poaching massacre. Armed ivory poachers are reported to have killed 86 elephants in less than a week, including pregnant females and calves

Please read the report

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