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August 29, 2012

Wildlife Handling Workshop Kick Starts New Era of Animal Protection in Honduras

Personnel of proposed wildlife handling facilities receive training

Humane Society International

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — As part of its wildlife protection program in Central America, Humane Society International hosted a training workshop on captive wildlife handling. The training, made possible through collaboration with the U.S Department of State and the Instituto Nacional de Conservación y Desarrollo Forestal, Áreas Protegidas y Vida Silvestre was the first step of an initiative that will conclude with the opening of new wildlife holding and rescue facilities in Honduras in August 2013. Áreas Protegidas y Vida Silvestre is the Honduran administrative authority that regulates the international trade of wildlife.

"Training is the cornerstone of any sustainable wildlife management initiative, and as this new workshop proved, one of main areas of action for Humane Society International,” said Cynthia Dent, regional director of HSI-Latin America. “We are proud to partner once again with the State Department and the Honduran authorities on this new stage of our collaboration that will culminate with the grand opening of these new facilities, the first of their kind in the country and a vital tool in the ongoing fight against the illegal trade of wildlife.”       

More than a dozen attendees from governmental ministries involved in the handling of illegally traded wildlife participated in the workshop. They will eventually work at the proposed facilities.

Humane Society International has worked in other Central American countries to establish or strengthen rescue centers, as well as to create a regional rescue center network. This network includes partners in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. After the new rescue center and temporary holding facilities are completed, Honduras will join the network. 

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 only by the illegal trade in drugs and arms.
  • Honduras is home to some 225 species of mammals, 100 species of amphibians, 196 species of reptiles, and 725 species of birds, many of which are currently listed in the IUCN’s Red List as threatened or endangered, including the Roatan island agouti (Dasyprocta ruatanica), the Rio Viejo toad (Atelophryniscus chrysophorus), the Utila iguana (Ctenosaura bakeri), and the Honduran emerald (Amazilia luciae).

 

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Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras, +1 (301-721-6440), rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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