- Today CITES nations voted in favour of upholding earlier proposals on regulating and banning some forms of shark fishing. Regulations on the catches of oceanic white tips and hammerheads have been hailed by conservationists as possibly saving the species of sharks. Approximately 100 million sharks are killed each year, at a rate faster than they are able to re-produce.
- In response to record poaching in Africa during 2013, CITES also approved new measure to regular the ivory trade.
- CITES unveiled a new and tougher international law enforcement initiative to curb the smuggling of tiger parts.
- CITES also put the eight worst offending ivory trading nations on probation. These nations include East African states Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.
- The two-week conference in Bangkok was concluded today and viewed as successful, though not of the earth-shattering variety.
- CITES decisions over the course of the Bangkok conference are hanging in the balance as the final day of voting and rubber-stamping final document approaches. Key votes include the legitimation of the shark banning proposal and the lifting of the bans on ivory trade. China is expected to swing some votes its way as it seeks to continue shark hunting and ivory trading.
- Sharks get greater protection as catches are regulated but not banned
- South African delegation hints that it is necessary not to view legalising the rhino horn trade as taboo in a desperate move to reduce the number of animals being poached
- This is met with derision by conservationists and other delegates
- A proposed ban on Polar Bear hunting is shot down as Canada, the EU and Norway oppose a US and Russian sponsored plan to criminalise polar bear hunting
- CITES warns of uncertain future for elephants after elephant poaching doubled & illegal ivory trade tripled in recent year