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Ask for increased protection for internationally traded animals
The 175 countries that have signed the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are meeting in March 2010. Although the meeting is months away, countries are deciding their voting positions now.
We need your help contacting your Environment Minister now to urge him or her to increase protection for animals affected by international trade. Your comments are vital: The fates of dozens of animal species that are traded internationally depend on how countries vote at this meeting.
Contact your Environment Minister by 20th December to urge support for proposals that increase protection for animals from international trade and to oppose those that decrease protection:
- Polar bears: Support a proposal by the U.S. to increase protection for the polar bear, which is threatened by climate change and international trade in skins and trophies.
- Bobcats: Oppose a U.S. proposal to eliminate CITES protection for bobcats, which would make it easier for skins of the critically endangered Iberian lynx and the Eurasian lynx—which resemble those of the bobcat—to enter illegal trade, and result in poaching of these vulnerable species.
- Sharks: Support the oceanic whitetip and scalloped hammerhead shark proposals by the U.S. and Palau. This protection will help curb the cruel practice of shark finning.
- Elephants: Support a proposal by Kenya and other countries to extend the ban on trade in ivory and oppose the proposals of Tanzania and Zambia to reduce protection for their elephants and to trade in elephant ivory. These positions are vital to protecting elephants from poaching.
- Tree frogs: Support the proposal by Honduras and Mexico to protect tree frogs from harm caused by their capture for the pet trade
Ne sont-ils pas merveilleux dans leur milieu naturel? Ne nous font-ils pas rêver? Laissons-les vivre leur vie, aidons-les à rester libre .