Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Finally, First CITES Summit In 3 Years – 177 Countries Gather in Bangkok from March 3 – 14, 2013

March 1, 2013

CITES SUMMIT:  Conference of the Parties

Head of Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Wildlife says people and animals are at immediate risk from wildlife crime and a “clampdown must mirror war on drugs”.

CITES  meeting in Bangkok : Burning of Gabon's entire stockpile of illegal poached ivoryAccording to the Guardian, top wildlife officials said that crime syndicates and terrorists are outgunning those on the frontline of wildlife protection and pose a deadly threat to people and animals.

The law enforcement fightback must mirror the war against illegal drugs, said John Scanlon, secretary general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), with undercover operations and harsh penalties.

Note:  The global black market in animal and plants, sold as food, traditional medicines and exotic pets, is worth billions and sees an estimated 350 million specimens traded every year.

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