A cry for reason. By: Roberto Mielgo Bregazzi

Tokyo, March 26th 2048. CITES Meeting.

98% of all commercial fish species we relentlessly overfished during the 10’s and 20’s have now disappeared from our Oceans for good.

Top on this year’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) NGO’s agenda: the listing on Appendix I of Food-Humans, irrefutably on the verge of stock collapse, if not collapsed already since 2045.

Somehow, since cattle-breeding was abolished at the 2028 UN Global Warming Special Summit, Human flesh became a fashion thing back in the early 30’s and has ever since grown into a booming global business worth billions of Ameros.

Fuelled by a gargantuan Civilised World addicted to “the ultimate protein”, the hunting for Food-Humans grew out of proportion some fifteen years ago, mainly due to thriving IUU activity in and by developing nations.

According to the scientific community, should Total Allowable Catches (TAC) set by the Madrid-based International Commission for the Conservation of Food-Humans (ICCFH) not be brought down to a sensible level, the risk of total collapse could well be a reality by 2053.

Though no one could remember a better scientific case to support a temporary ban on trade in any species, the Civilised World, saturated with a deep-frozen Food-human flesh strategic stock (Amounting to some 600.000t) landed a stunning defeat on conservationists, which had wanted to temporarily ban its international trade.

While early projections pointed to the easy passage of the NGO’s proposal, a result that would have stung main importers of the prized delicacy, some shrewd behind-the-scenes manoeuvring set the stage for the proposal’s demise.

The beginning of the end for the proposal was triggered by an outburst from Third World CITES delegates.

At a committee meeting Thursday, one of such delegates, also known to be an eccentric industry baron, shouted his objection to the NGOs-backed proposal, saying it was “part of a conspiracy of the Civilised World to further cartelise market fluxes and wholesale prices.”

His comment was a direct appeal to anti-imperialist sentiments among giggling Third World countries’ delegations. This was clearly payback time for them, much to the Industry’s satisfaction.

The proposal was only to be ruthlessly voted down by an overwhelming majority of bloodthirsty delegates.

“It is not a defeat; it is the manifestation of confidence put in ICCFH to solve the problem”, said magnanimously a frustrated NGO representative.

And so once again, CITES clearly working against the very mandate it had vowed to protect, denied much-needed protection for Food-Humans.

The emergent, yet still unseen other endangered “species”, is trade in species itself. All trade in a species vanishes when that species no longer exists.

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  1. Marc ()

    Brilliant!

    Sadly CITES is a farce… If a species is endangered, its Appendix I listing should be mandatory. Period.

    Posted March 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Permalink134

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