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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 16, 2014
Polls revealed a dramatic reduction in Vietnamese demand for rhino horn thanks to a joint HSI-Viet Nam CITES Management Authority public awareness campaign.
September 24, 2014
Animal protection groups urged the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests to support the shark and ray listings being proposed at the 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention of Migratory Species.
April 2, 2014
Participants representing business and women’s groups in Vietnam took part in training workshops to promote wildlife conservation and help stop the buying, selling and use of rhino horns in the country.
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.