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January 11, 2012

HSI Celebrates Opening of Wildlife Quarantine Facility in El Salvador

Humane Society International

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — As part of its ongoing effort to help curb the impact of the illegal wildlife trade, Humane Society International, working with the U.S. State Department and El Salvador’s Environment and Agriculture ministries, is establishing a new temporary holding facility for the rehabilitation of confiscated wildlife in El Salvador. The new facility officially opened on Jan. 10.

El Salvador’s Vice-Minister of Environment Lina Pohl hosted an event at the temporary holding facility in La Union, near the borders of Honduras and Nicaragua. HSI has collaborated with the Salvadorian government since 2004, conducting wildlife handling trainings as part of its program to effectively implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna. The opening of the new facility, which has now concluded its first construction phase, is possible thanks to grants HSI received from the U.S. State Department.

“El Salvador has come a long way in its commitment to provide the country with an alternative for working with confiscated wildlife,” said Cynthia Dent, regional director for HSI-Latin America. “HSI has been honored to partner with the local authorities in this effort, and we are proud to stand with them here, on this day, at the opening of this new facility that will greatly improve their ability to successfully rescue, rehabilitate, relocate and release confiscated species of wildlife back into their environment.”

Facts:

  • Ever since it entered into force in 1975, 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.
  • El Salvador became a party to CITES in 1987. The country is home to more than 500 species of birds, almost 1,000 species of butterflies and more than 800 species of marine fish.

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