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Sign the petition aganst medicins made of parts of threatened plant and animal species
During the coming World Health (WHO) Assembly on May 20 – 28 2019, the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will be accepted. In ICD-11, Traditional Medicine (TM) is proposed to be incorporated for the first time, referring to a union set of harmonized traditional medicine conditions of, for example, the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean classifications. Many organisations anticipate that the inclusion of TM in ICD-11 will speed up the already accelerating rise of TM  and that it will influence medicine use around the world.
In some cases products from wild plants and animals are incorporated in traditional medicines, even when they are listed on the global IUCN Red List of threatened species . This already had a significant impact on several Red Listed species . Many nature-, conservation- and animal welfare organisations, as well as world citizens, are worried that the integration of TM in ICD will further threaten the existence of rare plant and animal species . Even if inclusion of TM in the ICD means that it is not recognized as medicine as such, we anticipate that TM will receive more credibility in the public opinion and this will only further stimulate the use of TM and might put both endangered animal and plant species at risk.
Therefore several organisations wish to express their concern and co-authored this letter, which can be signed by everybody; NGO’s as well as world citizens. We will make sure this petition will be delivered by the member states of WHO during the coming World Health Assembly.
Help us: We can only give a strong signal if many individual people and organisations sign this letter. Please sign the petition and share it on your social media channels after signing.
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A warm welcome for our new board member Paul Loth! Since the start of this year, Paul has taken over the position of Ralph Buij in the board of Leo Foundation. If you want to know more about Paul, please read more about Paul in his biography.
On 7 February 2019 a large male lion was collared with an AWT satellite collar in Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya.
On the 30th of December 2018, the team of Babu Ram, who is part of th NGO NTNC has collared a leopard in Chitwan NP, Nepal.
On the 19th of December, Leo Foundation board members Laura Bertola and Hans de Iongh attended a special meeting in Givskud zoo. Main topic was the development of a breeding program for the two different subspecies of lions in European zoos.
On the 6th of December 2018, IUCN NL celebrated her 40th anniversary. Leo Foundation congratulates IUCN NL with this joyful fact, and was of course present at the jubilee party.