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A CITES CoP16 Report: Key Wins, Some Losses for the Hunting Community

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted April 2013)
 
The 16th Conference of the Parties of CITES was held in Bangkok, Thailand from Sunday, March 3 through Friday, March 15. The Conference was relatively successful for the hunting community with the exception of the suspension of hippo trade in Cameroon and Mozambique. The key wins concerned secret ballots, polar bear, white rhino, elephant trade, leopard quotas and elephant quotas.

The number of Parties necessary to call for secret votes on issues occupied the first few days of the Conference. The debate got into whether the vote to change the number of Parties necessary for a secret ballot should itself be secret. Sparing you all the details, the requirement that no more than 10 Parties are necessary to call for a secret ballot survived the challenges. This was important to the tenor of the Conference. There are lots of reasons for and against secret ballots, but a loss would have demoralized the undeveloped countries that feel bullied by developed countries and old colonial interests.


Polar Bear Proposal Defeated

From the hunting perspective, the US proposal to uplist the polar bear to Appendix I was one of the hardest fought we have witnessed since the elephant fights of the late 80s and early 90s. The US spared no effort to uplist the bear over Canada’s objection. The US proposal was defeated. It did not get the required supermajority (2/3rds of those voting). The vote was 38 for the uplisting, 42 against and 46 abstentions. Twenty-eight of the abstentions were the EU’s block vote of 28 countries. The other abstentions were largely due to confusion by non-range states from all the misinformation, lapel buttons, stuffed polar bear dolls handed out and carried by Party delegates and NGOs alike. They even had costumed polar bears at the entranceway. People stood in line to have their pictures taken with antis in bear costumes like the Easter Bunny. The radical SSN (Species Survival Network) that now claims to have 100 members, and the HSUS and HSI (Humane Society of the United States and Human Society International) that are its leading members, flooded the building with soft, cuddly symbols with obvious effect on everyone. Canada and the Inuit held their ground and even rejected an EU alternate proposal that would have left the bear on Appendix II with all kinds of oversight that suggested mismanagement and lack of capacity. Canada and its Inuit people came right back with the facts that they spend millions of dollars a year on their bear, they have 60 percent of the world population that still has the same range and numbers, that it is a ground-up management program (from local co-management agreements to international treaties), that it is the best management system in the world, older than CITES (CITES was celebrating its 40th anniversary), etc. Canada came back strong. For days after the floor debacle I watched the antis secretly videotaping the Inuit leaders at their public presentations trying to fathom the Inuit appeal.

After the defeat, the USF&WS issued a misleading press release that the listing criteria justified the listing and that politics and emotions ruled the day. This appalled the EU, Canada and most of the delegates. From the beginning, the leading criteria experts and others explained the proposal did not meet the criteria. The Secretariat issued a final position that it did not meet the criteria, as did the IUCN, WWF, TRAFFIC, the Polar Bear Specialist Group, even the Pew Foundation. It was also self-evident from the ferocity of the US effort that this was not about the polar bear, Canada, their wonderful people or anything being disclosed. The polar bear management system and CITES itself were to be sacrificed for something else. This was not an ordinary effort to uplist a species. It was an extraordinary campaign that went down in sound defeat. The floor gossip was that US President Obama had given the order. Whatever was behind it, the US position and misrepresentation of the facts was shameless and an affront to our neighbors. It was disgusting, and I am sorry to have witnessed it. It was a rigorous misinformation campaign. Had it been successful it would have compromised our neighbor, their bear and CITES itself.

At this writing, I had not yet received all of the key floor speeches of the polar bear debate, but two are included below because of what they demonstrate. Conservation Force is doing a FOIA request for the US presentation and will put all on its website (www.conservationforce.org) under News and Alerts when available. The last comment permitted by the Chair of the Committee in the two and one-half hour debate was that of Bob Broscheid of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It is included here because it really buttoned down the issues. You can be proud of your state agencies! The USF&WS lost its cool (heads bobbing and fast talking) when this nail was driven into the coffin of their proposal.


White Rhino Proposal Withdrawn

Kenya’s proposal to suspend white rhino trade of hunting trophies for 15 years was withdrawn after the CITES Secretariat and others said it was not technically correct. It nevertheless created a forum to discuss pseudo-hunting of rhino. The protectionists said that most hunts in recent years have been disguised commercial hunts, i.e. the purpose has become the sale of the horn after export rather than the safari and personal use as a trophy afterwards. Make no mistake about it, there have been hundreds of pseudo-hunts, and the regulatory reaction to this is starting to spill over into hunting of other listed species. A decision was even made to develop another definition of a “hunting trophy” but this one limited to rhino hunting trophies. This development must be monitored carefully at the next Standing Committee meeting and next CoP in South Africa in 2016. The EU (28 countries) made a number of interventions to add special conditions on elephant hunts as well as rhino hunts to ensure the hunts are in fact for non-commercial purposes in the importing country, i.e. not being conducted under fraudulent pretenses.

Rhino poaching has reached a “crisis level” and is accelerating (TRAFFIC). Though alarming, it has not reached the point that the overall white rhino population is declining – yet. Ditto elephant poaching. All sorts of steps have been initiated. No doubt a lot of poachers are going to die in the coming year. In the case of rhino horn, the antis claim that the pseudo-hunts have caused the rising demand and price. TRAFFIC states it is not true, but believe me, this is not a position the hunting community wants to be in. There is no doubt that the price of white rhino hunts are now so high that few hunters can afford them and that the increased demand for horn has driven the price up for our own hunts.

Conservation Force distributed a DVD, the second of its kind, entitled The White Rhino – A Conservation Success Story. It included an extensive interview of the iconic Ian Player and other rhino experts in South Africa. It was filmed by The Osprey Filming Co. at the cost of the Hunter Proud organization and greatly aided by the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA), which attended this CoP. The producer was Zig Mackintosh, and director was yours truly, John J. Jackson, III. It portrays the positive economics of safari hunting by bonafide hunters and the critical role hunting has had in the recovery of rhino. The question remains what to do now to keep the rhino. The DVD can be viewed on Conservation Force’s website under News and Alerts at http://www.conservationforce.org/whiterhinovideo.html.


Elephant Downlisting for Stockpiles Withdrawn

Tanzania withdrew its proposal to downlist its elephant to Appendix II for conditional trade of its stockpile and trophies before the CoP started. The proposal of Kenya and others for a moratorium on downlisting proposals and conditional sales was also withdrawn. This nevertheless provided opportunity for searching meetings on how to control ivory poaching.


Hippo Trade Suspended for Cameroon and Mozambique

Perhaps the worst at this CoP was the confirmation of the suspension of trade of hippo recommended by the Standing Committee. Cameroon has submitted some data justifying its non-detriment for hippo trade but the information had come in too late. The Parties allowed a small “portal” for review of the data by all concerned committees over the next few months if possible. If not sufficient, the lift of the suspension may have to wait for the next CoP in 2016! Mozambique is in worse straits. Its non-detriment data was just submitted at this CoP so no review had been made. Mozambique may not make the “portal” over the next few months. Though Conservation Force made an intervention that Mozambique be reviewed with the Cameroon data, it may not be doable and/or may be influenced by the kind and quality of data Mozambique has produced. If too little information, Mozambique hippo trophies will not be importable until 2016, if then.


African Lion Postponed for CoP17

The African lion only came up one time. The Animals Committee reported that the Periodic Review of the loin was not completed so that item was referred back to the Animals and Standing Committee to complete at the meetings in 2014 and to report at CoP17 in 2016 in South Africa as appropriate.

During the CoP, Philippe Chardonnet of IGF and Conservation Force interviewed all the lion range state Directors of Wildlife and delegations collecting data on lion status. IPHA paid for most of Philippe’s out-of-pocket costs as well as for the costs of lion scientist Paula White and Almut Kronsbein of Namibia Professional Hunting Association, who is a Vice-President of International Professional Hunters’ Association. These three people along with Adri Kitshoff, Executive Officer of the Professional Hunting Association of South Africa, were key members of a close network of individuals working together, and which in turn were partners of the larger network of NGOs that favor sustainable use, including AFWA, SCI, FACE, CIC and IWMC. The Chair of the relatively new Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group, Rosie Cooney, was in attendance and meetings were held with her as well. Hundreds of little progressions were made for conservation of wildlife on the sidelines by those of us who favor sustainable use. For example, with the help of Philippe Chardonnet, who is co-chair of the IUCN’s Antelope Specialist Group, projects for Dama gazelle, addax and scimitar-horned oryx were initiated by Conservation Force with the Wildlife Directors of Tunisia, Nigeria and Morocco.


Multiple Year Harvest Quotas Addressed

An amendment was passed that eliminated the basis for requiring two quotas for leopard. Leopard trophy permits must have the harvest quota for the year of take, not a second, double quota of the year of export. No more of those double quotas for leopard that we have reported on in the past.

Another amendment, Res. Conf. 10.10 (Rev. CoP16) was adopted providing that elephant export permits only have the quota marked on the tusks for the year of harvest, not the export quota of some subsequent year of export. This mimics the leopard cure above.

Conservation Force was not able to extend the cure for problems in some US ports of entry for double quotas for crocodile and other species. Nevertheless, we did serve on the working group that called for the Parties, Secretariat and Standing Committees to review the new leopard quota provision and its applicability to other species. The decision calls upon all Parties experiencing difficulty to report it to the Secretariat before the next Standing Committee meeting, SC65, in 2014 when additional reform will be considered.


Conservation Force 2014
2014
January Firestorm Email Attacks by Media and Antis
January CIC Milan 61st General Assembly/Crime Summit
January USFWS Re-Notices Proposed ESA Downlisting of Markhor
January Markhor Import Permit Appeal
January Hunter Proud Foundation & Osprey Filming Company
January Intervention in Latest Three Amigos Suit
February Antis’ Antics Have Perverse Negative Effect on Rhino Conservation
March Speech Upon Receiving the Houston Safari Club International Hunter of the Year Award
March Hunting: A Great Debate
April Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching
April Conservation Force Solves Liberia Trophy Import Problems
April Elephant Hair and Skin Bracelets Importable
April Conservation Force First Quarter 2014 Report
May USFWS Implements Catastrophic Suspension of Elephant Imports from Tanzania and Zimbabwe
May Letter to USFWS from Robin Hurt
June First Formal Action on Elephant Import Suspension Taken by Conservation Force
July Import Permits Issued for Sulaiman Markhor of Torghar Project
July Trophy Definition to Again Include Worked, Manufactured or Handicraft Items
July Comments Opposing Zimbabwe Elephant Trophy Import Suspension
July USFWS Produces Letter of Inquiry to Tanzania on Elephant Populations
August Status of Elephant Import Suspensions for Zimbabwe and Tanzania
August The True Status of White Rhino Populations
August Win the Wild, A Fictionalized Account of How South Africa Reclaimed Its Wildlife Heritage


Conservation Force 2013
2013
January US Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 90-Day Finding on ESA Listing for African Lion
February Why Hunt Wild Cats: Arguments Previously Made By USFWS and African Nations
March World Conservation Force Bulletin Enters Its 18th Year
March Mozambique and Cameroon Hippo Trade Suspended by CITES
March Final Findings of National Survey Reports A Record Number of Big Game Hunters
March 2012 Zambia Elephant Trophy Imports Approved
March On Receiving The Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award
April A CITES CoP16 Report: Key Wins, Some Losses for the Hunting Community
April What Was Truly at Stake with the Polar Bear Proposal
May USFWS Grants First Black Rhino Import Permit
May Evaluating Namibia’s Rhino Program
May Rhino Populations Grow Despite Poaching
June CIC General Assembly Adopts Recommendations for African Lion and White Rhino
June Double Quotas Not Yet Resolved in USA
June Equal Allocation of New Mexico Nonresident Licenses for Rocky Mountain and Desert Bighorn Sheep, Oryx and Ibex Challenged Again
June Wood Bison Cases Still in Court
June Black Rhino Public Education
July USFWS Denies Petitions to Remove Private, Captive Populations of Species from ESA: Scimitar-horned Oryx, Dama Gazelle and Addax Denied
July Polar Bear Litigation Developments
July Finally, All Gray Wolves Proposed for Removal from ESA
July Status of the Petition to List the Lion as Endangered: African Lion Workshop
August Court Turns Deaf Ear to Polar Bear Enhancement Permit Applicants for Gulf of Boothia
August Newly Published Monograph on Hunting & Conservation
August Family Hunts Under One License are Illegal
August Wildlife for the 21st Century, Volume IV
September Downlisting of Straight-Horned Markhor Delayed; USFWS to Issue Revised Proposed Rule to Reclassify Species Under ESA
September New Trophy Seizure Issues Arise
September New Mexico Nonresident Terk Case Revving Up
September Polar Bear Listing Now Before US Supreme Court
October US Fish & Wildlife Lists White Rhino as Threatened
October Two Articles on Black Rhino Trophy Imports
October Defense of Terk Decision Needs Support
October Two Colorado State Senators Recalled for Passage of Firearms Restrictions
October Cheetah Numbers Increasing
November US Supreme Court Denies Polar Bear Writ
November Court Should Hold Feds Accountable for Questionable ESA Listing
November Succession and Development: “What will We Do When You are Gone?
November Black Rhino Auction: A Dream Come True
December Unintended Consequences May Arise from Presidential Executive Order to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
December The Crush: Whose Ivory was Destroyed and Will It Truly Curtail Poaching?
December Climate Change Used to Reopen Wolverine Listing Proposal
December Conservation Force Wins FOIA Suit for Records Revealing Why USFWS Stalled Markhor Downlisting
December Suit Threatens Three Amigos Permitting Process; Conservation Force and Allied Organizations to Intervene


Conservation Force 2012
2012
January HSUS Threatens Conservation Force’s Asian Projects and Partners
January Markhor III Suit Filed to Compel 12-Month Downlisting Finding
January Serious Irregularities in Administrative Records and Scientific Findings
January Can You Offer for Sale or Sell an “Endangered” Listed Species Without a Permit?
February Conservation Force Partners with SAVE Valley Conservancy
February New Mexico Further Restricts Nonresident Hunting
February An Open Letter to Ranchers and Hunters of ESA Listed Exotics in The US
March Trophy Seizure Threat Reaches New High; USFWS Conduct Reaches New Low
March Some Court Success in Seizure Cases
March New Study Quantifies the Importance of Lion Hunting
March Onsite Report: The Etosha Meeting of African Lion Working Group
March Conservation Force Legal Action Update
April USF&WS Proposes New CITES Regulations
April Update on Three Amigos: Dama Gazelle, Addax and Scimitar-horned Oryx
April CF Board Members Selected To Important IUCN Posts
April Help Needed For Conservation Force Intern Program
May Wood Bison II Litigation Successfully Concluded: Court Overturns USFWS Enhancement Permit Denials
May Markhor III Suit Settled
June Dr. James Teer, Founding Member of Conservation Force, Dies
June Canadian Wood Bison Downlisted! Trophies Now Importable
July National Fish & Wildlife Conservation Congress in Canada
July Hunting for an Acceptable Image: Building Public Acceptance for Sustainable Use of Wildlife
July USFWS Considering Positions for CITES CoP16
July Antis Again Challenge “Trophy” Definition
August Promising Polar Bear Developments: Scientists Stand Corrected
August Last Brief in Markhor I Suit Filed
August Power Outages – Shortfalls
September Success! USFWS Proposes the Downlisting & Importation of Torghar Markhor Without an ESA Import Permit
October The National Survey Shows Increase in Hunters and Big Game Hunting
October South Africa’s Protected Area Act of 2003 Hurts Wildlife & Habitats
October CIC President Bernard Lozé: “Banning Lion Hunting Endangers The Survival of Lions in the Wild!”
October Update on Our Freedom of Information Act Suits
November CITES CoP16 Proposals Published: White Rhino, Polar Bear, Elephant, Pyrenean Chamois, Leopard Permits
November Remarks of Deborah Lyons, Deputy Head of Mission, at the Inuit Delegation - Polar Bear Reception at Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C., September 20, 2012
November 3 Amigos: USFWS Makes 90-Day Finding to Review Downlisting Those Species in USA
November PH Stu Taylor Recovery Fund Established
December Worked Elephant Ivory Tusks Not Importable: US Court Holds Import Violated Four Laws and Orders Forfeiture of Zimbabwe Elephant Tusk
December Waning Status of Hunting-Based Conservation in Botswana: Latest Developments
December Bill Poole Enshrined Into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame


Conservation Force 2011
2011
January Court Rules No Fees Due in Permit Cases
January Delays & Revelations In Wood Bison Suit
February A Step-by-Step Guide On Who Is Responsible For What
February Billy Ray Parnell Purple Heart Program
March Wood Bison Initiative Enters Final Stage
March Lead Issue Taken to Court
March Both Markhor Cases Moving Forward
March Zambia Initiative Success
April Africa: Antis Petition Listing Of African Lion on ESA
April Success in Iran
April Scientists Recant Tipping Point Theory That Doomed the Polar Bear
April Plains Bison Listing Petition Denials
April The Osprey Filming Company
May Special Coverage On Polar Bear: Sustainable Use On Trial
June Special Coverage On Elephant Imports: Challenging The USFWS Definition of “Trophy”
July USFWS Makes Positive Markhor Finding
July New Eruption Atop Mountain of Seizures
July USFWS Enforces Validation Requirement On CITES Permits
July Pakistan Export Permits Don’t Have a Validation Section
August US District Court Denies All Challenges to Listing the Polar Bear as “Threatened”
August Permit Exclusions Eliminated for “The Three Amigos”
September Important Developments at 25th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee
September Abusive Use of Polar Bear Drowning Misinformation
September Cheetah Import Permits Denied Again
October Special Coverage: Getting To The Root Of The Trophy Seizure Crisis – The History and Genesis Of The Problem
November District Court Denies Relief In Zambia
and Mozambique Elephant Import Suits
December Success! Zambia Elephant Import Permits Issued By USFWS
December Update on Seizure and Forfeiture Crisis


Conservation Force 2010
2010
January Special Report: Addressing The US Trophy Seizure Crisis
February Federal Court Rules Hunters’ Interests In Trophies Not Legally Protected
March CF Creates Permanent Litigation Division
March Special Report: Conservation Force Chairman Receives International Statesman Award
March Briefly Noted
April Conservation Force Institutes Industry-Commercial Services Sponsorships
April Briefly Noted
April Dr. Dale Toweill Joins Conservation Force Board of Advisors
May Special Report: Focus On CITES CoP15
June 57th CIC General Assembly: Expanding Scope, Participation & Influence
June Briefly Noted
July The Supreme Court Invalidates Overly Broad Cruelty Law In Light of the Acceptability of Hunting
August Status of Wood Bison Suits Against USFWS
September The Important Historical Role of Hunters To Both Public and Private Land Conservation
September Pakistan: New Markhor Down-listing Petition Filed
October CBD Pushes To Ban All Lead Ammo & Fish Gear
November Important New Development in Trophy Seizure Crisis
November Anticlimactic Polar Bear Court Hearing
December A Tool For Lion Hunters: The Pocket Guide To Aging Lions
December Polar Bear Listing Cases Status
December St. Petersburg Hosts 58th CIC General Assembly


Conservation Force 2009
2009
January 2008 In Review Bio-political Developments
February Crisis Over Trophies In Transit Resolved
February Two Important Legal Actions
March Lion Campaign Kicks Off In The Nick of Time
March Polar Bear Update: Law Suit Sets New Precedent On Listings
March Briefly Noted
April "Challenges and Solutions for the Conservation of Lions and Other Large Carnivores in Sub-Saharan Africa" February 17th-18th Maroua, Cameroon
May Trophy Seizures & Forfeiture Crisis: Problems and Resolutions
May Briefly Noted
June Cheetah & Black-faced Impala Permits Denied
June Briefly Noted
July National Action Plans Save Lion Initiative
July Briefly Noted
August Tanzania To Enforce Age Limits On Trophy Lions
August Three Antelope Case A Win For Conservation
August Briefly Noted
September The Unrealized Potential of Conservation Hunting
September North America: Latest Developments On Polar Bear
October Mozambique: Niassa Elephant Trophy
November Africa: Suit Filed Over Zambia Elephant Import Permits
November Arctic: USF&WS Proposes CITES Uplist Polar Bear
November Polar Bear Lawsuits Challenging the Listing Decision
December Special Report: African Lion Spared the CITES Axe, For Now
December Bill Poole: “A Lion of a Man”
December Special Report: CITES Proposals for CoP15, March 2010


Conservation Force 2008
2008
January CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
January Polar Bear Developments
February Conservation News Developments
March Breaking News On Argali Draws
April Polar Bear Decision: Some Thoughts About That Continuing Delay
April CAMEROON: All About The New CAMNARES Program
May Conversation Force to Intervene
May Briefly Noted
June Polar Bear Listing: Assessing The Impact And Mapping A Way Forward
June CITES: Trophy Importation Crisis Averted For Now
August Update On Kashmir Markhor
August Polar Bear Imports: Immediate Ban Upheld
August A Word About The Bob Kern Trial
September Study Analyzes Work Of NGO’s In African Wildlife Conservation
September Tanzania: Elephant Permit Crisis Averted
September Briefly Noted
October New Efforts To Reverse The Polar Bear Listing
October USF&WS Seizing Some Utilitarian Trophy Items
November Nation-by-Nation Plans To Save African Lion
November Hunting For Truth: Why Rationalizing The Ritual Must Fail
November Briefly Noted
November USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
November Leadership, People and Science
December USF&WS Trophy Regs Still Wreaking Havoc
December Briefly Noted


Conservation Force 2007
2007
January Largest Hunting Development in the World
January Philippe Chardonnet Elected to Conservation Force Board
January PHASA AGM: An On-Site Report
February Polar Bear and Trophy Imports Both In Jeopardy
March A Second Threat to Polar Bear Import
March Guide To Aging Lions Is Now Available
March Briefly Noted
April Understanding The Issues And Proposals
April Our Polar Bear Comment: A Report
June Namibia: Help Is Available On Seized Leopards
June Belgrade: All About The Latest CIC General Assembly
June Special Report: New Conservation DVD Is Getting Attention
June CITES Meeting: The Latest Developments
June What Do You Say To A Liberal Intellectual Who Has Never Hunted?
July What Really Happened at CITES COP14 In The Hague
August Markhor Import Denial Raises Big Questions
September White House Orders National Hunting Conference
October Reflections On 10 Years Of Conservation Force
October Bear Listing Proposal: USGS Releases Reports
November Petitions to Free Siezed Trophies Successful
November Polar Bear Crisis Heats Up
November Briefly Noted
December Important Development in Markhor Conservation
December A Commentary On The National Geographic Article About “Hunters: For Love of the Land”


Conservation Force 2006
2006
January Highlights of 2005
February Protectionist File Suit To List All Polar Bear Under the Endangered Species Act
March ESA Listing Pending Polar Bear Crisis Is Growing
April The Real Significance If Polar Bear Are Listed
May One Important Nonresident Rights Case Continues
June Comment On “Draft Norms & Standards for the Regulations of the Hunting Industry in South Africa
July Symposium May Affect The Future Of Hunting; Progress Reported On Black Faced Impala
August Assessing The Impact Of Interior Dept. Turnover
September Mozambique Elephant Trophy Import Permit Applications Denied
October BC Bear Report And “Stricter Domestic Measures:” An Analysis Of The Connections
November UK Meetings Focus On Hunting/Conservation
December Wildlife ‘Compact’ Has Downsides / Gala Tanzania Banquet / Last Nonresident Suit


Conservation Force 2005
2005
January The End of Nonresident Hunting Rights
February African Elephant Downlisted to Vulnerable
March Southwest Alaska Profile In Conservation
April The Truth About That Polar Bear Petition
May The Legally Structured Role of Hunting and Fishing in the US and Abroad
June Nonresidents Stripped of Constitutional Rights in Congress
July Black Rhino Hunting Development
August Elephant Hunting Is Fully Open In Zambia / Getting A Handle On “Sustainable Use”
September Russia: The “Real Skinny On That Hunting Closure
October Hurricane Katrina Threatens Conservation Force
October USFW&S Denies Permits For Black-Faced Impala
November First African Lion Workshops Are Successful; IUCN Polar Bear Listing Upgraded
December US Lists New Foreign Species As Endangered


Conservation Force 2004
2004
January Permits To Import Certain Endangered Species Understanding That Draft Trophy Import Policy Change
February Musings of an Old Hunter
March Giant Saltwater Crocodile Hunting May Open
April Who Said What: A Compendium Of Comments
May African Lion Targeted At CITES Meeting
June The Truth About Senator John Kerry
June Two Hunters’ Legacies
July Argali Suit Finally Finished: Positive Gains
July Case Study of a Man-Eating Lion Killing 35 People
September Cats/Canids Bill Introduced; NRA To Push Hunting; Important CITES COP 13 Developments
October Will Lion Hunting Survive? And More....
November What Really Happened At COP13
December More To Come On African Lion


Conservation Force 2003
2003
January On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
February Conservation of the African Lion: Contribution to a Status Survey
March A Reflection on Positive Developments
April DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC, News Analysis, The Argali Case: Court, Hears Mongolia's Appeal
May Conservation News Briefs - A Special Tribute To Gunbearers
June What You Need To Know About Trophy Imports
July Insights From Wildlife Conflict Studies, A Different Perspective For Problem Solving
August How Many Hunters Are There, Really?
September The Antis’ Argali Suit Has Been Dismissed
October Update On The Argali Case
November The Political Future
December Antis Tell Court They Would Rather See Elephants Euthanized Than in a Zoo


Conservation Force 2002
2002
January The Truth About That British Columbia Grizzly Bear “Ban”
February DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - Cameroon Elephant Permits Denied
March SPECIAL REPORT - New USF & WS Director
April The Saga of the Saiga
May The Role And Value Of Hunting
June On The Legal Front Gun Rights… Nonresident Permits… Trophy Imports
July Special Report: The Argali Suit - Part I
August Special Report: A Preview Of COP 12
September Zimbabwe Hunting Will Continue – But Zimbabwe Needs You Now
October Understanding Trophy Hunting: A Powerful Conservation Tool
November London March to Save Hunting Breaks All Records
December Santiago, Chile - What Really Happened At CITES COP 12


Conservation Force 2001
2001
March Idaho Approves Nonresident Moose Hunting: A Practical Lesson In Our Democracy
April Special Report On Hunting Why We Do It; Its Conservation Benefits
May Antis Sue To Stop All Argali Trophy Imports
June The Very Latest On That Argali Suit
July Why We Hunt: - Two Important Perspectives
August The Animal Rights 2001 Conference - Terrorism And A Radical Agenda At A Hilton Hotel
September Legal Matters - Update On The Argali Lawsuit
October DATELINE: WASHINGTON Mongolia, Others Denied Role In Argali Lawsuit
November DATELINE: WASHINGTON, DC - European Trophy Crisis Is Narrowly Averted
December People And Predators. Can They Live Together?




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