Governments start to rein in ivory and rhino horn trade, give sharks and timbers better protection at wildlife trade meeting

These juvenile elephants were part of a herd of 64 elephants that were killed in Zakouma National Park, Chad. These photographs were taken 5 weeks after the poaching incident. Photo credit: Darren Potgieter

Bangkok, Thailand / March 14, 2013 – A critical wildlife trade meeting closed Thursday with decisions from world governments to regulate the international trade in several species of sharks and timber, and to start taking action against countries doing little or nothing to stop the illegal ivory and rhino horn trades. Countries, on the final day of the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), capped the historic two-week meeting by deciding for the first time to initiate a process requiring countries most implicated in illicit ivory trade…

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Three shark species proposed for CITES listing

The oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) is a pelagic shark and can be found in tropical and warm waters around the world. The oceanic whitetip shark is often accompanied by pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) who feed on the shark's leftovers. WWF lists pelagic sharks as a priority species. Kona Coast, Hawaii, Central Pacific Ocean © naturepl.com/Doug Perrine / WWF

March 11, 2013 – Three shark species were proposed for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) listing today and governments voted YES for their protection. The sharks, however, are at risk of losing the place on the list if the debate on their protection reopens by the end of the Conference on Thursday, March 14th. “This is a landmark moment showing that the world’s governments support sustainable fisheries and are concerned about the reckless over-exploitation of sharks for commercial use. Today’s decision will go a long way…

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New report released in Bangkok at CITES CoP16 warns of uncertain future for African elephants

These juvenile elephants were part of a herd of 64 elephants that were killed in Zakouma National Park, Chad. These photographs were taken 5 weeks after the poaching incident. Photo credit: Darren Potgieter

Bangkok, March 6, 2013 — Populations of elephants in Africa continue to be under severe threat as the illegal trade in ivory grows – with double the numbers of elephants killed and triple the amounts of ivory seized, over the last decade. According to a new report entitled “Elephants in the Dust – The African Elephant Crisis”, increasing poaching levels, as well as loss of habitat are threatening the survival of African elephant populations in Central Africa as well as previously secure populations in West, Southern and Eastern Africa. The…

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