U.N. Collusion With Wildlife Smugglers

Key United Nations Officials
Benefit From Today's Black Market

On November 20, 2001 and again on March 18, 2002 the United Nations “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” (C.I.T.E.S.) imposed comprehensive wildlife trade sanctions on the United Arab Emirates.

These trade sanctions levied against U.A.E. falcon smugglers were entirely accomplished through U.C.R.’s unprecedented documentation of Arabian smuggling cartels, reproduced in the Evidentiary Exhibits .

However as beneficiaries of black market trade, a number of U.N. officials are still very active smuggling falcons today.  Today's U.S. $300,000,000 annual market is just too alluring.

Consequently the U.N. CITES Secretariat in Geneva removed all trade sanctions against the UAE just in time, so that the 2002 Arabian falconry hunting season could resume, right on schedule.  Then, with the stroke of a pen, over 6,000 contraband black market falcons living in the United Arab Emirates - valued at well over U.S. $120,000,000 - were given 'falcon passports' by the U.N. so their owners who are smugglers, can export thousands of falcons abroad to Central Asia for more illegal hunting expeditions that are wiping out Golden Eagles and driving already endangered Houbara Bustards to extinction.

June 12, 2006: Mr. John Sellar who is listed as # 31 in the 'Merchants of Extinction' revealed to U.C.R. that "between 20,000 to 30,000 falcons are now held captive in the United Arab Emirates", and that most of these falcons were illegally smuggled out of Central Asia into the Trucial States.  As the bottleneck to Middle East smuggling cartels, Mr. Sellar has presideded over a system called "Falcon Passports", whereby illegally-acquired black market falcons are papered by the United Nations as "legal for international trade".

Sadly, because the United Nations continues to facilitate illicit today’s falconry camps, the U.N. has utterly failed it’s wildlife conservation mandate.

The Solution

U.C.R. invites you to help by joining the ‘Raptor Network’.  Membership gives you a chance to make your voice heard by the White House and in Congress, and to make a tax-exempt donation that will support law enforcement, robust legal reforms, wildlife conservation programs in the field, and political action for 'Pelly Amendment' trade sanctions against today’s illicit falcon smugglers.