Petition to Certify Mozambique as Diminishing the Effectiveness of CITES

EIA and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) filed a petition on June 27, 2014 under the Pelly Amendment to the U.S. Fishermen’s Protective Act to certify Mozambique as diminishing the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for illegal trade in rhino horn and elephant ivory. Mozambique’s large scale poaching and illegal trade in rhino horn and elephant ivory directly undercut President Obama’s July 2013 Executive Order on Combating Wildlife Trafficking. Given the scope and depth of the illegal killing and trade in rhino and elephant products by Mozambican nationals, EIA and IRF urge the Secretary of the Department of the Interior to certify Mozambique and enact substantial trade sanctions until the Mozambican government enacts meaningful wildlife protections.

Read the filed Petition and supporting Appendices here.