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CITES CoP17: Victory Today for Pangolins

“This decision will help give pangolins a fighting chance. The world is standing up for the little guy with this pivotal decision for greater protection of the pangolin. These species need extra protection, and under CITES Appendix I, they will get it.” -- Susan Lieberman, Wildlife Conservation Society VP of International Policy

VIDEO: WCS’s Conservation Advisor Madhu Rao speaks about the great victory for pangolins at CITES Cop17

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CITES CoP17: Victory Today for Pangolins

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – (September 28, 2016) – The following comments were released today by the Wildlife Conservation Society at CITES CoP17.
Said WCS VP of International Policy and Head of the WCS Delegation to the CoP17, Susan Lieberman:
 
“WCS applauds the vote today to list all 8 species of pangolins in CITES Appendix I—the highest level of protection afforded by the treaty and a recognition that unfortunately, the species is indeed now threatened with extinction.
 
“WCS works with our government partners in the field and on enforcement, across the range states of all 8 pangolins species, in both Africa and Asia. This decision will help give pangolins a fighting chance. The world is standing up for the little guy with this pivotal decision for greater protection of the pangolin. These species need extra protection, and under CITES Appendix I, they will get it.
 
“There have been longstanding pressures on the four Asian species of pangolins for both local use of meat and scales and for illegal international trade to meet demand in East Asia. As the Asian species have become depleted, traffickers have begun to target the four African species as well.
 
“WCS greatly appreciates the initiative of the pangolin range states of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Vietnam, Angola, Botswana, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Togo, joined by the United States, in submitting these critical proposals that were adopted today. Their leadership led to the world’s governments today committing to protecting them, and we applaud them all.
 
“The listing in Appendix I will not become official until the final day of the Conference, when it is formally adopted by the Plenary; it will enter into force 90 days thereafter.”  
  
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Background on these votes: See pages 8, 9, 10, 11 of WCS Position Statement

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society)
MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: newsroom.wcs.org <http://s.bl-1.com/h/0F83V0p?url=http://newsroom.wcs.org>  Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242 <tel:347-840-1242> .
 
CITES
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.CITES regulates international trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, ensuring their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The  CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable. CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973. The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016 at the Sandton Convention Center. South Africa offered to host CoP17 at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (Bangkok, March 2013), which was accepted by acclamation. Following discussions with the South African authorities and the finalization of an open bid process, the host city was announced through a joint media release on 19 June, 2015.