World NGOs and individuals, including JWCS, have urged WHO, OIE and UNEP to encourage governments across the world to introduce and enforce legislation to close wildlife markets. The current corona virus epidemic sweeping across parts of China is believed to have originated in wildlife. Previous global epidemics have also been associated with wildlife markets. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is reported to have spread to humans via wild mammals commonly traded live in Chinese markets. The Ebola virus epidemics in West and Central Africa are thought to have originated from bats. many such animals are also traded live in wildlife markets in the countries in which the outbreaks first occurred. […]
A new web page has been set up to record the Symposium“:To know the world of sharks– Endangered shark species”. You can watch the lectures of videos. Why a quarter of the world’s 500 sharks are threatened with extinction,? why CITES is effective in protecting sharks? Why did shark fins head for demand decline in Hong Kong? What is the position of the Japanese government in the treaty? Click here
JWCS has participated in this campaign for the closure of the Ivory Domestic Market, aimed at CITES CoP18 in August. Tens of thousands of elephants are slaughtered every year for their tusks. From 2007 to 2014, 144,000 elephants were killed across Africa, an elephant every 15 minutes of every single day. This is fuelled by the demand for ivory across the world, including Japan, but also shockingly the EU. Against overwhelming public opinion, the EU commission still refuse to ban the ivory trade within the EU. Furthermore, they are planning to reject steps to award elephants the greatest possible protection at an upcoming wildlife trade conference next month. Help us […]
On June 29, Celebrities and NGOs from participating countries submitted an open letter for the end of all commercial whaling to the leaders of each country participating in the G20 Osaka Summit. The Japanese government has left the IWC on June 30, and has announced the resumption of commercial whaling in territorial waters and EEZ from July 1. JWCS has also joined this open letter.
At the invitation of the IUCN Japan Committee on May 17, 2019, an exchange of views was held between CBD officials from EU and EU member countries and the Japanese NGO. The theme is Post2020, the goal for the period after the Aichi Target on Biological Diversity. Post2020 is at the stage of involving various stakeholders and exchanging views, with the aim of being adopted by the Parties Conference to be held in China in 2020. This discussion meeting is one of the efforts.
IUCN members of China, Japan and Korea meet in Beijing, China September 7-9 2018. JWCS participated the 3rd tripartite meeting, followed the 2rd tripartite meeting. Members primarily discussed; How to cooperate with ARO and commissions to promote IUCN programs, and what the post 2020 biodiversity conservation framework looks like. The JWCS Secretary-General presentation presented our works on meeting.
Under the revised Act on Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has set take off effect since 1st June 2018. Live individuals: The operation of amendment of Act on Conservation of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora A validity period of 5 years was established for the registration. Registration card must be transferred together with an individual organism listed in CITES Annex I when it is transferred or delivered. There were some case of young pet animals sold as “pre-regulation”.This means that it was owned before listed in Annex I. It is getting important on how to distinguish age of popular pet animals. There are several laws related […]
CITES CoP 17 decided to investigate whether it is sustainable trade also for non-listed eel species (Dec 17.186-189). The Japanese eel is a non-listed species, however the catch have been drastically decreasing,and Japan imports glass eels for aquaculture. “News report on the catch of glass eels and its import” Yasuhiro SANADA Original(Japanese) http://y-sanada.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2018-04-07