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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was first signed in 1973 in order to protect certain species of wild fauna and flora against over-exploitation through commercial trade, a trade now worth billions of dollars a year. CITES first entered into force on July 1, 1975, and now more than 170 nations ("Parties") have signed and ratified the CITES treaty. More About CITES
February 7, 2014
Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell issued a formal declaration that Iceland is undermining the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and its prohibition on international commercial trade in whale products.
January 24, 2014
On the heels of similar actions by the U.S. and China, Hong Kong's government decided to destroy 28 tons of ivory from past seizures.
January 6, 2014
China, the world’s largest market for ivory products, destroyed 6.1 tons of its confiscated stockpile in January 2014.
August 27, 2013
The Vietnam government authority responsible for implementing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and Humane Society International announced a long-term public awareness campaign aimed at reducing demand for rhino horn.
March 14, 2013
A report from HSI's team after the conclusion of the 16th Conference of the Parties to CITES.