Gaps in CITES policy undermine conservation of threatened species by providing loopholes for illegal trade


An article in the June 2023 issue of BioScience suggests that the Convention on the International Trade in Wild Species of Fauna and Flora policies are creating dangerous loopholes that undermine conservation of imperiled species and place them at risk for illegal trade. The authors argue that criminal groups take advantage of enforcement gaps and varying political and economic interests in impeding the illegal trade in animals and plants that, left uncontrolled, “will drive many species to extinction.”

[To accompany Academic Update "Article Suggests that CITES Enforcement Loopholes are Driving Species into Extinction” from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 197]