International trading ban on wild African grey parrots
They have been given the highest level of protection after countries voted 95-35 in a secret poll at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg on Sunday.
The convention's new "Appendix I" status outlaws international trade in a species, and the decision involving wild African greys has been hailed by conservationists.
WWF global wildlife policy manager Dr Colman O'Criodain said the "total ban on international commercial trade" is a "huge step forward", but stressed traffickers also need to be... read more
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