30 Sep '16, 7pm

It's about time! World governments have voted to grant the highest protection to Barbary macaques:

World governments have voted to grant the highest protection to yet another species, the Barbary macaque, at the ongoing at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP 17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Barbary macaque — Europe’s only native, non-human primate — has been up-listed to Appendix I of the CITES, making commercial trade in this species illegal. “We are extremely happy that CITES parties recognized the threat Barbary macaques are facing and decided to act in favor of a species that is disappearing widely unnoticed,” Rikkert Reijnen, Senior Project Lead, Wildlife Trade at IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), said in a statement . Barbary macaques are popular in Europe’s exotic pet trade. Photo by Red Coat, Wikimedia COmmons, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 . Once widespread, only about 6,...

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