Saturday, May 15, 2004

Greater protection proposed for sharks and lions

Great white sharks and lions are two of the endangered species slated for extra protection in new proposals to limit trade in their body parts.

Shark teeth, jaws and fins should be subject to regulation for the first time to prevent over-exploitation by hunters, says one proposal. Another seeks a total ban on trade in lion body parts.
Elephants, by contrast, are now plentiful enough to allow the controversial ivory trade to be resumed legally, according to a proposal, with some countries allowed to sell pre-set annual quotas. There are also calls for commercial trade in elephant leather to resume.

The recommendations are among 50 new proposals for regulating trade in animal parts and plants released on Wednesday by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora....

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