Tag Archives: python

Pythons in the news

The python skin business remains topical not least due to emotive imagery around animal welfare but also the allure of the luxury fashion sector. Here is a news item this week on initiatives under way to improve animal welfare in … Continue reading

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How the UN works with Gucci on protecting biodiversity

Last week, ITC, IUCN and Kering (the owners of Gucci and other luxury brands) announced its joint Python Conservation Partnership. The announcement was widely covered in the press, including The Guardian, Financial Times,¬† Le Monde and Italian Vogue. The aim … Continue reading

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Do captive breeding permits have an economic value?

A draft CITES-UNCTAD report on traceability in python snake skins shows that exports of captively bred reticulatus python skins has increased in the last year from 20,000 in 2010 to 96,000 in 2011. Their exports of captively-bred morulus python has … Continue reading

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The python skin trade and corporate social responsibility

Last week ITC in partnership with TRAFFIC and IUCN released a report on the trade in python skins. Many newspapers around the world including the BBC covered the story. The report also hit social media, with hundreds of ¬†blogs and … Continue reading

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2013 – Year of the Snake

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2013 is the Year of the Snake. However this is not a cause of celebration for the growing business of exotic pet trade. According to new research, the trade is largely associated with illegal practices, … Continue reading

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