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Increased protection for endangered otter species

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Crowthorne, 28 Aug 2019.

  1. Crowthorne

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    Countries vote to ban trade in endangered otters coveted as pets

    A majority of CITES signatories have voted to move the Smooth Coated Otter and Asian Short-Clawed Otter from CITES Appendix II to CITES Appendix I, which would ban international trade. The species are sought after as social-media fuelled cute pets in Asia, particularly in Japan. The current main exporting countries are Indonesia and Thailand.

    The Indian Star Tortoise was also voted onto CITES Appendix I at the same meeting.