karl ammann
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present features:

As CITES annual conf.
nears Karl expounds on
CITES double standards.

Karl's exposition of the
real Ivory price
in China.

Christopher Hasslet's
incredible report on the
illicit online ape trade.

An open letter regarding
developments in Guinea

concerning the illegal
export of great apes.

karl's recent Report on
, its permitting
system, with clear
evidence of its
failure to police
the trade in live animals
of endangered species

karl discusses how
disappearing wildlife,
worldwild, reappears
in Chinese Zoo and
Safari Park facilities

karl interviewed by
Southeast Asia Globe
reveals his trade secrets;
staying out of trouble,
disillusion w/progress
on illicit animal trade

CITES 2011 Guinea
Mission Report

karl comments on
Apparent drop in
rhino horn demand

karl wins another
SAB environmental
media award

Commercial Exploitation
and Cites

karl ammannn

Overwhelmed U.S. port
inspectors unable to keep up
with illegal wildlife trade
Darryl Fears (in Wash Post)

African fraud, local market
exacerbate illegal primate

Global Times

Media Report (in Chinese)
Southern China Weekly

the Conakry Connection
very detailed report on
great ape smuggling in Guinea
provides insight into the
worldwide animal trade.
karl ammann and others

latest (9-14)Conakry
Connection update

karl ammann and others

latest (1-14)Conakry
Connection update

karl ammann and others

Cites and the Shanghai 8
exporting illegal wild apes
claiming them captive bred
karl ammann

Cites and the Taiping4
more on the export
of illegal wild apes
claimed as captive bred
karl ammann

Karl's blogs for
National Geographic
tiger Trade, china's chimp
smuggling, ivory tracking,
rhino poaching and more.

Tiger farming in
SE Asia

karl ammann

more on the China-
Gorilla story

karl ammann

Cites and the illegal
trade in wildlife

karl ammann

emails/letters/issues ignored
bonobos to Armenia

GRASP correspondence on
illegal animal trade

allegations of a coverup at the
CITES secretariat

karl ammann

a fairy tale of ivory:
the ongoing tragedy of
incompetence, slaughter,
and lawlessness.
karl ammann and others

for details see this
transcript with NBouke.
karl ammann and others

the Rhino & the Bling - the
inside mechanics of the
rhino horn trade.
karl ammann

karl's latest elephant
poaching video

Millions spent on ape
conservation and where
are the results?

karl ammann

an interview with Karl
on the state of conservation,
poaching, trafficking
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Where Did All
the Tigers Go?

karl ammann

the detailed report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking

karl ammann

the updated report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking in Egypt

karl ammann

Tiger, Lion bones
and rhino horn

another piece in Swara

karl ammann

Tiger cake & rhino horn
from Swara, a magazine of the
East African Wildlife Society

karl ammann

Into the Asian Underworld
in Africa Geograpic's
Rhino Watch
(page 3)
karl ammann

karl speaks at Foreign
Correspondents' Club of
Thailand - International
Trade in Reptile Skins

rhino versus ape

karl ammann

the rhino horn story
at consumer end
karl ammann

the latest horrors of
Poaching in
karl ammann

addendums to
elephants and elephant
conservation in the DRC

karl ammann

Our reptile skin trade
is now online.

Rhino Files: 333 rhinos
killed by poachers in
barbaric fashion

karl ammann
bernadette cook

Cites and the diplomatic
approach: these videos
say it does not work

karl ammann

Karl wins another
Genesis award

notes on Orang conservation
in Kalimantan - a sad story

errol pietersen

despite illegally held apes
CITES action minimal

karl ammann

asia geographic on
illegal wildlife trade

dale peterson
karl amman

africa geographic
reports on karl's
smuggling studies

karl ammann

Karl's German site

of interest

karl nominated for
zoological society medal

'Canned hunting': the
lions bred for slaughter

The Guardian

Seven rhinos killed ...
Kenya's bloodiest week

The Guardian

Forestry Education info
chase g

Not on Animal Planet
karl ammann

2010 Bili-Uere Update
karl ammann

more on wildlife
trafficking from Boten -
bears, leopard, tiger cubs

karl ammann

"horrific slaughter of
elephants ... butchered
in the Central African
Republic ... "

from BBC Newsnight

HIV ignored in Natl
Geographic article on
disease transmission

karl ammann

The Protein Gap
A misleading article

karl ammann

Mass Gorilla Execution
Can we learn from it?

karl ammann

Hundreds of Elephants
killed in DRC Park

from radio Okapi

Hunting Report take
on Chimp escape

karl ammann

US Wildlife Agency
provides a bandaid

karl ammann

open letter to CITES
re: wildlife export

karl ammann

important books

elephant reflections
dale peterson
karl ammann

eating apes
dale peterson
karl ammann

consuming nature
anthony rose
karl ammann

Letter to the editor of the Kenya Nation:
From Environmental Activist to Environmental Pragmatist????

I read with great interest and concern a recent item in the Daily Nation discussing Nobel Prize Winner, Wangare Maathai's visit to the US and her lobbying for debt relief but also : "Resisting Appeals to criticize the bush administration on its refusal to endorse the Kyoto treaty on global warming."

The above comes in the wake of Prof. Maathai also having become a goodwill ambassador for the COMIFAC initiative which essentially endorses the industrialof the very nice language on sustainability which tends to go with such declarations.. The fact is that none of the conservation organization, the donors such as the IMF or World Bank, the EU have had any real success in controlling the environmental degradation and in many cases the negative social impact which comes on the heels of industrial logging of these, the worlds most diverse ecosystems. Once these forests are opened up it becomes extremely difficult and costly to control pretty much anything; bush meat poaching, the illegal felling of trees, clear cutting through slash and burn agriculture, immigration - resulting in large logging townships which often severely stress the existing social order and infrastructure. The countries in question do not have the resources or the level of governance to deal with these issues.

If we take the worlds remaining bits and pieces of primary rain forest, the fact is, the hard woods originating from them represents probably the most luxury of the natural resources exploited unsustainably (maybe with the exception of diamonds).

There are estimates out there suggesting that mankind would already need another 1.5 planets, like earth, to sustain the present off take of natural resources. We know that the hydrocarbons are in short supply, the same for phosphates, fresh water, the fish in the sea have been and are being drastically being over fished and on and on. Prof. Maathai makes the very valid point that the resulting 'resource wars' will be on of the major challenges facing mankind in the not too distant future.

How can we ever hope to bring exploitation of these more essential resources back to sustainable levels if we can not look at formulas, like declaring the worlds remaining primary rain forests as 'World Heritage Ecosystems' - possibly with the developed world setting up special trust funds, so their exploitation can be restricted to the needs of the local populations for their domestic needs. The fact is, there are enough substitutes and other wood sources on the market and as such the Congo Basin hard wood is a luxury commodity the industrialized world could do without.

I have little doubt that the Nobel Committee took this into consideration when awarding the Professor the prize for these, her views on her environmental activism. For her standing up to politicians and the corporations controlling resource extraction.

America in this context has the by far the largest environmental foot print certainly on the CO2 emission front. In addition the present US administration has developed the reputation for being as anti environmental as any in recent history. Many of the environmental protection legislation passed by the President Clinton, in the last days of his administration, have or are being systematically rolled back.

Dr. Jane Goodall, another international spokesperson on environmental issues, recently called the US administrations attempt, to weaken 'The Endangered Species Act', as being: "Disgusting". This from the same Dr. Goodall which for years has been advocating the 'Quiet diplomatic approach" in dealing with politicians and community leaders.

Clearly this approach has not and is not working and I have no doubt that Prof. Maathai would attest to this as for as her past activities in fighting for Kenya's remaining forests.

In this context I find it very distressing to see one of the only environmental activists with a global voice becoming just another politician going the way of least resistance, endorsing the corporate exploitation of the remaining primary rain forests and shying away from taking on the present US administration over their very questionable and poor environmental record.

African debt relief will, in the near future, be discussed by the G8 in Scotland , it is one of the main agenda items and has other international supporters and spokes persons like Bono and Bob Geldof. It is also on the agenda of a wide range of Kenyan ministers going on visits to foreign capitals. However where are the voices demanding more environmental transparency and accountability pointing out that poverty alleviation will be a lot easier if based on ecosystems which are still intact or can be salvaged?

Trying to be everything to everybody might be the way to win popularity contests and maybe result in invitation to the White House, however I do not believe it is the approach the Nobel Committee had hoped for when giving the peace prize to an 'Environmental Activist' and not another "Environmental Pragmatist".

Best regards
Karl Ammann
Nanyuki, Kenya

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