A world of words
The protection of plants and animals, natural areas, and interesting and important structures and buildings, especially from the damaging effects of human activity.
For the last two weeks, delegates from 178 countries have been discussing an agreement to protect different species at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok.
Although CITES is widely recognized as one of the most effective international conservation agreements, government delegations are biased due to their political and economic interests.
There is good news for SHARKS and MANTA RAY, whose trade will be regulated. Around 100 million sharks are being killed each year, a too high rate of exploitation due to the demand for shark fins for soup in Chinese communities.
And there is bad news for ELEPHANTS and POLAR BEARS. A group of 10 conservation organisations showed their outrage claiming “the failure of Cites to stop poaching”. Data indicates that 17,000 elephants were killed by poachers in 2011.
Source: ESL Discussions