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Shark fin soup: CITES fails to protect 5 species of sharks from overfishing and finning

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) this week decided not to create any new international trade restrictions to protect five endangered shark species, all of which are highly prized for their use in the Chinese delicacy known as shark fin soup, or, as I call it, "extinction in a bowl."Shark fin soup is particularly unappetizing dish to conservationists, as shark "finning" remains one of the most controversial hunting or fishing activities in the world...

March 25, 2010 — John Platt
The Sciences

Minor victories for tigers, elephants and rhinos at CITES meeting

The member nations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at their meeting in Doha, Qatar, this week passed resolutions to aid tigers, elephants and rhinos, three of the species most victimized by the illegal wildlife trade.Although none of the resolutions provide any new protections, they certainly can't hurt.For tigers the CITES member nations unanimously agreed to improve law enforcement, increase regional cooperation between the countries where tigers still live, improve population and crime data reporting, and create a tiger trade database that could be analyzed to develop anti-poaching strategies...

March 24, 2010 — John Platt

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