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What Really Happened At COP13

Written By John J. Jackson III, Conservation Force Chairman & President
(posted November 2004)
 

his 13th Conference of the Parties of CITES (COP) presented the greatest threat to African safari hunters since the African elephant was listed on Appendix 1 in 1989. That threat was Kenya’s proposal to list all of Africa’s lions on Appendix 1, or alternatively to list those in western and central Africa. The Kenya proposal followed two years of alarming press releases published around the world with claims that the lion had suddenly been discovered by experts to have precipitously declined and was believed to be "endangered".

Fortunately, Conservation Force and its partners were ready for Kenya. We had already begun preparing or it would have been too late. Before it was over, the Kenya proposal was almost dead-on-arrival at the COP. All that remained was its COP funeral. What follows is a brief look at what was behind that and other successes.

Conservation Force has long been involved in the conservation of the African lion. Consequently, we were alerted early in 2001 that some anti-hunting interests were shopping for a Party to propose lion uplisting. Conservation Force and International Game Foundation (IGF) (with the proud approval of its President, HIH Prince Abdorezza) assessed the threat and began defensive measures. We took the high road by engaging Philippe Chardonnet of IGF to travel across Africa and engage more than 40 lion authorities to produce the most comprehensive status review of the lion ever undertaken. The Chardonnet Study is unequaled in lion conservation history. Kenya had to wholly ignore it in its proposal (as South Africa’s early opposition pointed out). Kenya simply could not overcome it.

Before COP 13, we pushed the Chardonnet Study to the forefront with the skilled assistance of our film partner, The Osprey Filming Company. Osprey created The Fate of the African Lion in record time. The film utterly repudiates the facts and figures in the Kenya proposal with its comparisons taken from the Chardonnet Study. It also presents well the value-adding importance of safari hunting. Together, Osprey Filming and Conservation Force distributed nearly a thousand videocassette and DVD copies of the film to all African and European CITES authorities and others. By the time of the COP in Bangkok, some of the most respected cat scientists were stating that the Chardonnet Study was the most comprehensive study ever completed of any large wild cat, including the tiger.

The Third Chapter of the Chardonnet Study entitled DRIVING FORCES is the most important. Those 50 pages describe the real threats to the lion and make the book far more than a mere survey. It makes it a "contribution to the status of the lion," as it is subtitled.

In the final months before the COP, we consulted with dozens of lion and management specialists, initiated lion projects far into the future across the entire continent and left no stone unturned to save lions and the hunting of them. This included holding a special meeting in Paris during the International Game Ranching Symposium hosted by IGF that then issued a Resolution against the Kenya proposal that was appropriately circulated. Thanks is due to Rolf Baldus of the GTZ Wildlife Programme in Tanzania, who suggested the Resolution and who also has provided extremely useful lion conflict and PAC information. That Resolution and a number of other information sheets were posted and mailed widely to educate delegates about the downsides of an Appendix 1 listing even with quotas, which few understand and Kenya and the Species Survival Network were deceptively misrepresenting.

Our efforts included sending scientific opinion letters to IUCN authorities under contract to analyze proposals for the CITES Secretariat and Parties. Chardonnet and Conservation Force Board member Bertrand des Clers’ opinions were actually among those solicited by the IUCN because of their recognized expertise and uncommon leadership in lion conservation.

Philippe Chardonnet, now the Executive Director of IGF, made a worldwind tour of west and central African countries just weeks before the COP. He actually persuaded key countries to reopen their lion hunting where it had been closed too hastily for two years. It is very important that we continue to give value to lions, particularly where their habitat is shrinking (as in west Africa), and where they have no possible value other than as hunting trophies. Upon arriving in west Africa, Philippe Chardonnet found that the authorities did not yet appreciate that an Appendix 1 listing would probably eliminate safari hunting as a tool to save their lions because it would trigger the need for an import permit, which American hunters would not be able to obtain right away, if ever. His trip proved to be a critical one in the effort to save west and central Africa from compromises when deal making started at the COP.

Most of our strategy and defenses were first sounded out with key members of the African Lion Working Group, ALWG. Philippe Chardonnet himself was invited and accepted membership in the exclusive African Lion Working Group of IUCN/SSC. I was honored to receive my own membership to the Group of lion specialists to better be able to further lion conservation now and in the future. We have invested ourselves in facing the Chapter III Driving Forces challenges ahead to ensure that hunters are part of the solution and perceived as such.

Upon arrival at the COP in Bangkok, we were ready for the fight without compromising any of Africa’s lions. We also wanted to use the Kenya fight as a stump to proactively improve the public understanding of hunters. Conservation Force went fully prepared to portray licensed, regulated hunting as a tool of conservation. For that purpose, we had a booth that was in striking contrast to all others, because it was the only booth portraying the conservation role of hunting. The booth had a giant booth-size poster depicting hunters as the largest contributors to conservation of all wildlife in America. The poster also showed the increase in game numbers with pictures of each animal. The entire back wall was literally a blow-up of Conservation Force’s "America’s Abundant Wildlife" poster. Each side wall contained different quotes from Aldo Leopold and President Theodore Roosevelt that presented hunting in the very best light by crediting hunters and hunting as the true underlying basis of successful wildlife and habitat conservation worldwide. It was a great attraction to the press and of great interest and educational value to many delegates. It was documented proof of the role of hunting as a force for conservation and it worked.

The Osprey Filming Company lion video, with its delightful music, played in continuous loop in the booth. None of the Antis had anything that compared. Chrissie Jackson manned the booth, handed out literature selectively and made appointments for other members of the Conservation Force team continuously with the delegates and Press. Each morning, Chrissie also delivered information packets demonstrating the positive role of hunting to the Pressroom tables. The packets were colorful brochures open to interest-catching points, such as a Conservation Force brochure page showing the 26 schools built in the Cullman & Hurt Community Project and other sheets with photographs of the veterinary clinic wholly-funded and built by hunters in Ethiopia. The example documents were stapled together in bundles as handouts.

From the first day, we were being interviewed and able to tell the hunters point of view on every hunting issue that arose. It all brought to focus the theme of the Conservation Force booth and the direction that CITES is slowly moving: "We have come to appreciate that it is necessary to positively produce as well as to negatively protect wildlife if we are to successfully conserve it," Aldo Leopold.

In contrast, the more than 80 animal protection organizations present or that were represented by the SSN (includes Humane Society of the US, Fund for Animals, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Animal Protection Institute, etc.) passed out lion pins and also marker pens with "Appendix 1 for African Lion" on them. Interestingly, the new chair of the Species Survival Network at this meeting happened to also be the President of the Born Free Foundation. That Foundation is reported to have been funding Peiter Kat in Botswana, who was supportive of the lion closure there when it occurred and who also made incredulous claims about the effects of Feline AIDS, FIV.

Every morning, Conservation Force held a 7:30 am breakfast meeting. It was attended each day by Dr. Craig Packer, the most renowned lion expert in the world, who has studied the lions of Tanzania for more than 40 years — the largest number of lions for the longest time. He was there as part of our team to defeat the Kenya proposal, and he worked to kill it each day, all day long. He was there with the expertise and necessary facts in support of the "absolute importance of hunting" and to prove the "absurdity" of the Kenya proposal. He forthrightly and fearlessly told it like it was and was by himself an army of one. We brought our insurance.

Manuel Esparrago, the Legal and Public Affairs Officer for FACE (Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the European Union) that represents seven million of Europe’s hunters joined our planning and reporting breakfast each morning. He also served as interpreter with Francophone delegates invited to the Conservation Force lunch held each day. Perhaps most importantly, he lobbied and attended the EU meetings wholly focused on opposing the Kenya lion proposal, and he helped in numerous ways to persuade the EU to finally oppose the Kenya proposal should it come to vote. He began that lobbying back in the EU, where he forthrightly stood against the Antis at every stage of its consideration. The EU had grown to a block vote of 25 countries at the time of this COP!

By the middle of the first week, Craig Packer had directly convinced both the Species Survival Network and Kenya that their defeat was inevitable and then that compromise was not even a consideration. All they could do was exercise their right to withdraw their proposal with a statement. When the matter finally came up and Kenya withdrew, it embarrassed itself further by making a self-serving statement full of false facts, angering and further offending many present. As they left the room, an angry exchange erupted, blocking the entrance foyer as Tanzania laid into Kenya’s delegates. Suddenly, I found myself doing the same thing toe-to-toe with the Kenyan leading the issue in frustration and anger. It was over. Kenya’s mis-speak and manipulation of the facts had to go un-rebutted on the floor because of the pressure of other CITES business. It was anti-climatic for those of us who have spent the past few years in anticipation. Now, perhaps, we can return our resources to the real conservation of the African lion, the "DRIVING FORCES" as Chardonnet described it in Chapter III.



Other Developments


The rest of the COP was proactive. There were seven different Proposals or Resolutions that expanded hunting opportunities and recognized the role and value of hunting. The very first business day of the COP actually began with leopard and black rhino quota resolutions. When they all passed, it gave safari hunting a public stamp of approval that seemed to echo around the world. Here’s a quick summary:

 

Black Rhino: The parties passed a Resolution jointly establishing an annual export quota of five hunting trophies for Namibia and five for South Africa. It is only limited to "adult males" in the Resolution, but both countries promised to limit it even more than that to select surplus males. The Resolution preamble expressly recognizes that in those countries’ "effective conservation, management and monitoring plans and programs are in place" and "that populations are recovering and can sustain limited off-takes through trophy hunting." The Resolution also expressly recognizes "that the financial benefits derived from trophy hunting of a limited number of specimens will benefit the conservation of the species directly and provide additional incentives for conservation and habitat protection, when such hunting is done within the framework of national conservation and management plans and programs." It also recognizes that the states "require additional incentives and means to finance such conservation and management". It specifies the strict requirement that "all parts" "should be individually marked" with "reference to the country of origin, species, quota number and year of export".

Unfortunately, the black rhino may not really be able to follow the conservation trail made by white rhino. Unlike the white rhino, it is listed as "endangered" on the US Endangered Species List. In the past, the US Fish & Wildlife Service has as a practice not been able to find that hunting "enhances" any species’ conservation, which it must do as a precondition to granting an import permit. The permitting of black rhino will present its own opportunities and set of problems. The service does have a pending notice of a policy change to issue trophy import permits that it published in August, 2003. We hope for belated movement on that after the presidential election.

Leopard Quotas: Both Namibia and South Africa were granted substantial increases in their quotas for leopard trophies. South Africa’s quota was increased from 75 to 150 per annum (double). Namibia’s was increased from 100 to 250 (more than double). On many occasions, COPs have stated that leopard is in no way endangered in many range states. Namibia says it "has tried to encourage trophy hunting as a preferable alternative to simply destroying problem animals." "Less than half of the animals destroyed annually in Namibia are trophy-hunted. Through this proposal, Namibia would like to...encourage the trophy hunting of animals that would otherwise be destroyed in any case as problems."

Nile Crocodile in Namibia: Namibia successfully downlisted its Nile crocodile from Appendix I to Appendix II. We have verified with the USF&WS that trophy import permits will no longer be necessary. That will be effective 90 days after the meeting that ended October 14. We calculate the effective date to be January 12, 2005. This was a proposal done by Namibia specifically at our request after all of Conservation Force’s efforts over the past few years had failed to resolve an import permit impasse at the USF&WS. It is a pleasure working with a country like Namibia.

Zambia Crocodile: Zambia withdrew its request for a renewal of its crocodile quota after the Secretariat issued an opinion that its crocodiles were already unconditionally downlisted to Appendix II, and I shared with them a letter Conservation Force received while at the COP confirming that import permits will not be required by the USF&WS. This too was a joint effort between Conservation Force and an important range state.

White Rhino: The White Rhino in the Kingdom of Swaziland were down- listed from Appendix I to II to permit sales of live rhino and one hunting trophy approximately every second year (1% of 61 rhino per year). This proposal was interesting because it was the only such issue that went to vote. Kenya and Israel argued against it, as they invariably do. The EU block accepted it. Even the U.S. voted for it. The vote was 88 in favor, 15 against, and 21 abstained.

In all, the hunting community experienced one of its most successful CITES COPs in memory. The COP is where the rubber of our hard work hits the road. After 17 days in Bangkok, we are exhausted but rewarded with the results. Our highest thanks must got to Steven Chancellor who helped fund all of the out-of-the-ordinary costs of this COP, as well as most of the Chardonnet Study and our campaign to save lion hunting from its inception. The same to Dexter Ball who has been particularly generous. The African Lion and the whole hunting community owes them a depth of gratitude. We must also thank IGF, Dallas Safari Club, Houston Safari Club and CIC that bore the costs of my personal attendance and registration as they have for years. Little would be possible without Dallas Safari Club and Dallas Ecological Foundation that are our largest general supporters. Also, Internationjal Professional Hunters Association, Professional Hunters Association of South Africa, Guide-Outfitters Association of British Columbia, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, African Safari Club of Florida and National Taxidermist Association who provide us general support so that we can represent the interests of everyone in CITES matters. I must also thank Bertrand des Clers, Philippe Char- donnet, Gerhard Damm, Rolf Baldus, Craig Parker, Paul Funston, Kristin Nowell, Flip Stander, Herby Kalch- reuter, Eric Mackintosh of Osprey Filming and Manuel Esparrago of FACE. Thank you also, Chrissie Jackson, for all your personal sacrifices and love. – John J. Jackson, III.


 



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


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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