It was agreed at the Rio Earth Summit (1992) that in the absence of conclusive evidence to support a new environmental regulation, it could go ahead on the basis that it gave the environment the benefit of the doubt. It being ‘better to be safe than sorry’. This was the Precautionary Principle, which was originally… Continue reading Sample – Abusing the precautionary principle
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.
Eugene Lapointe has been in the center of this controversy and if you feel committed to the conservation of wildlife, well-being of native and indigenous peoples, and welfare of rural and coastal communities, read Wildlife Betrayed.
It is a very effective antidote to the irrational, ignorant and emotive nonsense being so vociferously peddled by too many of our planet’s self-proclaimed environmental crusaders. Anyone interested in learning the truth on the current state of the world’s wildlife would be well advised to carefully study Eugene Lapointe’s very important book.
I would highly recommend that anyone wishing to understand CITES, the complex politics behind its operations and one informed view of what needs to be done to save it from irrelevance to read this book.
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).
Wildlife Betrayed is the best summary I have read of how Prohibiting the sustainable use of wildlife and what he calls the Multiple Game being played by NGOs and International Players is eroding wildlife abundance, diversity and presence in rural areas worldwide. He also includes a section on how to “Take Back Control”.
As I was completing Wildlife Betrayed, an article arrived in my inbox from several Listocratic NGOs rebuking a group of respected conservationists for urging CITES to ‘Think Before You Act’.55They were being criticised by the NGOs for arguing that CITES fails to do what other MEAs do, which is focus on assessing the consequences of… Continue reading Sample – IPLCs and Think Before You Act
IWMC promotes the interests of Aboriginal, Rural and Coastal Communities (ARCC), otherwise known as Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs). It also supports all other groups or individuals who consume or interact with wild species and their derivatives. This is a big, complex challenge because the interests of these diverse stakeholders are not coterminous. As… Continue reading Sample – IPLCs on the world stage
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… Continue reading Wildlife Betrayed