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Trade in snakes, macaques, sharks out of control, CITES affirms | Conservation | The Earth Times

Trade in snakes, macaques, sharks out of control, CITES affirms | Conservation | The Earth Times

The Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES ) met in Geneva on July 22 to discuss how to control the booming - and at times illegal - wildlife trade. Delegates from 50 countries focused on the effects of trade on 3 snake species and 20 other at-risk species , and made recommendations for monitoring their trade. Unsustainable wildlife trade not only devastates local ecosystems, it also causes great suffering to individual animals and can introduce invasive species that damage ecosystems abroad. Further, it can deprive local people of their natural resources. The 3 snake species of primary concern included the oriental rat snake, the reticulated python, and the Indonesian cobra, all used in luxury products like handbags and boots, according to CITES . The disappearance of these snakes from their native h...

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