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Mozambique: Diminishing the Effectiveness of CITES Rhinos and Elephant Protections

EIA submitted a petition to the U.S. government under the Pelly Amendment, urging that the Obama Administration impose trade sanctions on Mozambique. Read our two-page summary of the petition here and learn more about the Pelly Amendment here.

Mozambique has consistently failed to live up to its obligations under the CITES, which is designed to protect creatures such as rhinoceroses and elephants. Its own domestic population of rhinos was poached to extinction in 2013 and Mozambican nationals are responsible for slaughtering more than 1,800 rhinos in South Africa since 2010. This country is at the center of the rhino and elephant poaching crisis, which threatens the very survival of these species.

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In 2018 the Environmental Investigation Agency continued to confront the greatest environmental threats facing the world today. The EIA team pursued, documented and exposed the activities of syndicates that threaten endangered species, damage the climate and ozone layer, and drive the trade in timber stolen from the world’s most important remaining forests.

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ANNOUNCE A ZERO EXPORT QUOTA NOW
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Mukula Cartel
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