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About Wildlife Betrayed

Wildlife Betrayed is the forward-looking, reforming manifesto which 21st conservation and sustainable development has lacked. It is in the form of a short book-length document, ideal for online propagation. It has six Case Studies ranging from Elephants to COVID showing how populist “hands-off” conservation and animal welfare campaigns are pursuing a well-funded and relentless campaign to mislead the public and hijack multilateral institutions, especially CITES.

In his ‘Wildlife Betrayed’ Eugène Lapointe has produced a masterpiece of fact which explains how the international animal rights brigade has high-jacked CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) and how they have been changing the convention’s original purpose from being a regulator of the wildlife trade into one which prohibits it. One by one the author identifies the NGO culprits and explains how they operate. His knowledge about these NGOs, and how they have been undermining the convention’s purpose over the last 50 years, is astonishing. 

Eugène Lapointe was home-schooled in the Canadian wilderness by his mother and game warden father. After military service, he spent 14 years in government service, where he helped draft the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), of which he became Secretary-General (1982–1990).

Conservation Influencers


Unmasking NGOs

Conservation Influencers is a directory of 60 of the most prominent NGOs from the animal activist, environmental and ecological lobby, which analyses their history, mission, methodology, funding and reputation. It assesses their influence on the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the framing of the conservation debate globally. 


Conservation is not about living in harmony with nature, it is about putting people first and managing natural resources responsibly for the benefit of humanity


There are 8 billion people on the planet. Most of them live in cities. IWMC promotes the interests of aboriginal, rural and coastal communities (ARC) because they are frontline custodians harvesting nature’s bounty. They also suffer most from human wildlife conflicts, which IWMC works to resolve or minimise. Meanwhile, people in cities and towns consume what the harvesters harvest. IWMC supports the consumptive use of wildlife and defends all cultures that enjoy its benefits wherever they live. According to the PEW charitable trusts, there are 260 million marine fisheries jobs worldwide. Many millions more are employed on the land. IWMC stands up for these workers and their communities informed by the principle of responsible, sustainable, wise use. We also firmly believe in the right of nations to manage their wildlife as they see fit. 

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