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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
October 3, 2016
CITES News: Rhinos saved from disastrous Swaziland proposal to legalise horn trade on same day African elephants lose out on CITES Appendix I protection
HSI applauded CITES Parties for defeating a proposal by Swaziland to sell existing stocks of rhinoceros horn and horn harvested from the 74 living rhinos in the country to licensed retailers in Asia. The rhino news followed a devastatingly disappointing decision to reject the up-listing of all African elephants to Appendix I despite a clear conservation need.
October 3, 2016
There was mostly good news, but also some disappointing outcomes, coming from Johannesburg and the 2016 meeting of delegates from 183 nations at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
October 2, 2016
CITES NEWS: Victory for African elephants as CITES reach interim decision to close domestic ivory markets worldwide
HSI applauded the parties at the 17th CITES Conference of Parties for adopting a resolution recommending the closure of domestic elephant ivory markets.
September 30, 2016
HSI praised the parties at CITES for defeating a Canadian proposal to establish the legal international trade in wild-caught peregrine falcons.
September 22, 2016
Just in time for World Rhino Day, HSI and 27 leading wildlife organisations sent an urgent appeal to the King of Swaziland, asking him to withdraw a proposal to legalize the international trade in rhino horn, warning that demand across Asia for rhino horn is driving the species towards extinction.