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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
November 17, 2016
Representatives from around the world attending the Ha Noi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade signed a statement committing to do their part to end the supply and demand of illegally traded wildlife.
November 16, 2016
HRH Prince William visits Government of Viet Nam and Humane Society International’s rhino horn demand reduction campaign
His Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, saw first-hand today the efforts by the government of Viet Nam and animal protection organisation HSI to inspire Viet Nam’s school children to protect rhinos from devastating poaching by reducing demand for rhino horn.
November 12, 2016
Viet Nam destroys more than two tons of confiscated ivory & rhino horn ahead of the Ha Noi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade
Viet Nam destroyed a large cache of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns confiscated from the illegal trade, and which came from the slaughter of an estimated 330 African elephants and 23 rhinos.
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 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.