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The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 3 March – the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – as World Wildlife Day. On this second observance of the Day, FACE fully supports the simple yet firm message that “It’s time to get serious about wildlife crime”.
PRESS RELEASE - Brussels, 10 February 2015 – The European Commission has presented a proposal to ban trade in products from seals taken in EU waters. In the very same proposal the Commission seeks to make it easier for seal products from Inuit hunts in Canada to be imported into the EU market. This proposal sets a dangerous precedent for sustainability and environmental ethics. It encourages the hunt of seals in EU waters, while at the same time restricting the use of what is being hunted - thus encouraging waste of the Union’s natural resources. The proposal also risks having a negative impact on EU fish stocks. The Commission proposal is part of a package to conform to a report in May 2014 by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
FACE carried out a survey amongst its Members, seeking to give an overview of how hunting associations and hunters are involved in the monitoring (through sighting and or surveying) of large carnivores, and if this data contributes to decision making at national level (e.g. management planning).