24 Sep '12, 3pm

CITES – A New Hope? via @seashepherd Pls

CITES – A New Hope? via @seashepherd Pls

Secretary General John Scanlon of the CITES Secretariat. Photo: CITES In March this year, Captain Paul Watson signed a letter addressed to all the members of the CITES Animals Committee, who were meeting in Geneva. Attached to that letter was a damning investigative report, highlighting the blatant conflict of interests of a Singaporean vet, Dr. Giam Choo Hoo. Dr. Giam has been within CITES as the Alternate Representative for Asia, a low-profile position that no one else really runs for, but still provides him with access to the rest of CITES. From this position, Dr. Giam has been able to lobby against any protection for the sharks, and other ‘species of financial interest’ (e.g., perhaps Bluefin tuna?). Dr. Giam is also a representative of the Singapore and Hong Kong Shark Fin Traders.

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/09/23/cite...

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