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IUCN/SSC -RSG and ERWDA issue guidelines for placement of Confiscated Animals in Arabic

posted on 06/10/2002: 1853 views


The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC), along with the Re-introduction Specialist Group (RSG), which is hosted by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) in Abu Dhabi, has issued a bi-lingual (Arabic-English) booklet on the Guidelines for the Placement of Confiscated Animals. The guidelines are meant to deal with large numbers of live animals that are daily shipped around the world. When illegal shipments are confiscated, authorities are faced with the challenging question of what to do with these confiscated animals, said a statement issued here today by ERWDA. In an effort to answer this question, the IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group (RSG) formed a working group in 1992 to develop guidelines for the disposition of confiscated specimens.



The guidelines in their draft form were used as the basis for a resolution on the "Disposal of Confiscated Specimens" (Resolution Conf. 9.11) adopted by the Parties to the Convention on International trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at their 9th biennial meeting in 1994. To make these guidelines available in major languages of the world they have been translated into French and Spanish and have been posted onto the IUCN website (www.iucn.org). The IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group (RSG) -UAE undertook a project in cooperation with ERWDA to have these guidelines translated into Arabic and print a bi-lingual English-Arabic booklet.



This booklet has been printed and there are plans to extensively distribute copies to relevant wildlife authorities in Arabic speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa. This will hopefully enable authorities to decide on the best available options to deal with live confiscated animals from illegal or irregular trade. The main options provided by these guidelines are the maintenance of confiscated individual(s) in captivity for the remainder of their natural lives. This is the most common scenario in most cases. Also there is a possibility for return to the wild but due to the risks of disease introduction and genetic pollution this is a rarely used option and is only done after an extensive and exhaustive risk assessment to wild populations. The last and final option is euthanasia and this is useful when the animal is a disease risk, incapacitated or where resources for the maintenance of such individual(s) are not available. These booklets are available from ERWDA. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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