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October 27, 2011

Humane Society International Brings Wildlife Handling Workshop to Honduras

Humane Society International

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Humane Society International, in conjunction with the U.S Department of State and the Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería, the Honduran agriculture and farm animal ministry, will host a day-long workshop on best practices for the handling of confiscated wildlife on October 27.

The workshop, to take place on the campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras in Tegucigalpa, will feature HSI’s Spanish-language interactive CD of the animal handling curriculum. Training will be given to 21 participants, including members of the police force, customs officials, as well as personnel from governmental ministries involved in the confiscation and handling of illegally traded wildlife. This workshop will be taught by instructors previously trained by HSI in 2010 in a "training the trainers" session. These sessions have proven to be successful in Honduras as well as in other Central American countries, since they have maximized the impact of the course by enabling participants to apply the new training themselves to additional audiences after the initial session.

"Getting as many officials in the different government agencies involved in the training of proper handling techniques for seized wildlife is one of the main goals of these workshops. During the workshop they will learn the humane handling, feeding and transportation techniques for the most commonly seized wildlife in Central America such as iguanas, parrots and felines,” said Jennifer Dinsmore, program supervisor for HSI-Latin America.

This workshop is part of a series of workshops that will build on previous “train the trainers” workshops. In addition to Honduras, future workshops are scheduled for Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Facts:

  • Ever since it entered into force in 1975, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, has been the only international agreement that regulates international trade in wild species.
  • To date, 175 nations (“Parties”) have signed and ratified the CITES treaty. Honduras became a party to CITES in 1985.
  • The illegal trade in wildlife is estimated to be more than $10 billion annually, surpassed in money only by the illegal trade in drugs and arms.

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