International Wildlife Conference Increases Protection for Species Impacted by Wildlife Trade

During the nineteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Panama, delegates enacted a record number of protections for over 500 species whose numbers are being decimated by the wildlife trade, including sharks, turtles, and frogs. The new protections include Appendix II listing of several species of shark, meaning that CITES Parties can allow trade only if it is not detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild.