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February 17, 2011

HSI Brings Wildlife Handling Workshops to El Salvador

Humane Society International

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Feb. 17, 2011) — Humane Society International will run three workshops from Feb. 21-24 about confiscated wildlife handling in conjunction with the U.S Department of State, El Salvador’s agricultural and environmental ministries, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Management Authority.

The workshops, which will feature HSI’s newly developed Spanish-language animal handling curriculum, will take place in La Union and Chalatenango, El Salvador. Police, customs, INTERPOL and governmental ministries representatives will be trained on the handling of illegally traded wildlife, and will take part in a ‘Training of the Trainers’ session. In total, an estimated 40 El Salvadoran participants including customs inspectors, local non-governmental organizations, and university representatives, will participate.

“Training law enforcement personnel is only the first goal of these workshops, which are also intended to help institutionalize the training curriculum within local organizations so they have real ownership of the material and are able to reproduce the training for other agencies and individuals throughout the country,” said Mike Skuja, director of wildlife development programs for HSI.

These workshops are part of a successful series of training sessions that were held in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras to improve the ability of law enforcement officers and government officials to effectively implement CITES at a regional level in Central America and the Caribbean. In addition to Guatemala, future workshops are scheduled for El Salvador and the Dominican Republic.


  • These workshops are part of a series successfully held in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The program is expected to conclude with one further workshop scheduled for the Dominican Republic at the end of March.
  • 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 illegal trade in wildlife is estimated to be more than $10 billion annually, surpassed only by the illegal trade in drugs and arms.


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