The CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) 2008-2020 vision states
*they will be contributing to the conservation of wildlife as an integral part of the global ecosystem on which all life depends,
*as well as promoting transparency and wider involvement of civil society in the development of conservation policies and practices
Are they following their vision?
Well, here’s a recap. The animals who reaped ‘benefits’ from increased protection are:
*Pangolins (trade was completely banned, and the most highly trafficked animals in the world were given highest protection status)
*African Gray Parrots (trade was completely outlawed)
*Sharks and Rays (Thirteen species of rays and Thresher and Silky sharks were given highest protection status)
In addition, proposals to grant legal trade in ivory and/or horn in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland were denied.
But the disheartening news was the denial of…
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