Conclusion and recommendation

We have been reliably informed that the capture of elephants in Namibia is imminent if not already taking place. In view of this urgency, we hereby ask the CITES Secretariat to withdraw its statement and to approach the Government of Namibia urging it to comply with the Convention’s regulations and provisions. Until these questions are satisfactorily resolved, through discussion at the Standing Committee and, if necessary, the upcoming Conference of Parties, neither export nor import permits for live Namibian elephants traded under Appendix I rules should be issued. 

Yours Sincerely, 

  Stefania Falcon

  On behalf of PREN


Owais Awan – Advocate High Court, Islamabad

Suparna Baksi-Ganguly – President and Co-Founder, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre, Bangalore, India

Dr Brett Bard  – Veterinarian, South Africa 

Dr Jessica Bell Rizzolo – Postdoctoral Researcher, the Conservation Criminology Lab, Dep of Fisheries and  Wildlife, Michigan State University

Janey Clegg – Committee Member, SPCA Mutare, Zimbabwe

Professor David Bilchitz – Director, South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public and Human Rights and International Law – South Africa 

Megan Carr – Founder, Rhinos in Africa, A Conservation Think Tank

Lenin Chisaira – Founder, Advocates 4 Earth – Green Law Connect, Zimbabwe

Dr Betsy Coville – Wildlife Veterinarian – USA

Harvey Croze – Collaborating Researcher – Amboseli Trust for Elephants – Kenya 

Nomusa Dube – Founder, Zimbabwe Elephant Foundation

David Ebert – Advocate, Founder Director of The Animal Defense Partnership – USA

Stefania Falcon – Co-Founder, Future 4 Wildlife – South Africa 

Daniela Freyer -Co-Founder, Pro Wildlife, Germany

Michele Franko –  Captive Elephant Caregiver and Advocate – USA

Chief Stephen Fritz – Indigenous Leader, South Peninsula Khoi Council – South Africa 

Dr Toni Frohoff – Ethologist and Behavioral Biologist, Founder of TerraMar  

Dr Marion E. Garai – Elephant Behavior Specialist – South Africa 

Dr Ross Harvey – Environmental Economist, Botswana   

Heike Henderson-Altenstein – Director, Future for Elephants e.V. 

Alok Hissarwala Gupta – Elephant Specialist, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations

Peter Hodgskin – Founder, Hands-off Fernkloof, South Africa  

Dr Mark Jones – Veterinarian, Born Free Foundation – UK

Lynne James – Independent, Elephant Conservation,  Zimbabwe

David Kabambo – Founder Director of Peace for Conservation – Wildlife Management – Tanzania

Dr Paula Kahumbu  – WildlifeDirect, Kenya  

Professor Mohan Kharel – Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nuria Maldonado – Ecologist, Environmental Science, Max Plank Institute

Jim Karani – Advocate, Lawyers for Animal Protection in Africa – Kenya 

Dr Winnie Kiiru – Founder, Conservation Kenya

Brigitte Kornetzky – President and Founder of Elefanten in Not  – Switzerland / India 

Kahindi Lekalhaile – Africa Network for Animal Welfare, Kenya 

Dr Smaragda Louw – Director, Ban Animal Trading, South Africa 

Dr Keith Lindsay  – Conservation Biologist, Amboseli Trust for Elephants – Kenya; Fondation Franz Weber

Giorgio Lombardi  – Warden Vogelgat Private Nature Reserve, South Africa 

Linda Masudze  – Advocate 4 Earth, Zimbabwe

Varda Mehrotra – Environmentalist, Climate Crisis Researcher – India  

Brett Mitchell – Director, Elephant Reintegration Trust, South Africa 

Dr Nurzhafarina Binti Othman   –  Founder: Seratu Aatai, Elephant Conservation and Research Coordinator at HUTAN-KOCP  – Malaysia 

Sharon Pincott  – Elephant Behavioural Specialist, ex-Hwange, Zimbabwe  

Michele Pickover  – Director, EMS Foundation, South Africa

Dr Yolanda Pretorius –  SA Wildlife College, Elephant Behavioural Specialist, South Africa  

Ingo Schmidinger – Elephant Husbandry – Co-Founder iScapes 

Dr Jan Schmidt-Burbach  – Veterinarian, Head of Wildlife Research and Animal Welfare, World Animal Protection International

Dr DJ Schubert – Wildlife Biologist, Animal Welfare Institute – USA 

Antoinette Van de Water  – Director, Bring the Elephant Home, South Africa  

Vasanthi Vadi – CEO – Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations – India 

Professor Dan Wylie – Rhodes University, South Africa

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