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Sunday, November 03, 2002

A meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has just started in Santiago, Chile. It will attempt to balance the protection of rare species with the promotion of sustainable development...

Hot topics include - a review of laws which currently ban the sale of ivory, the risk pirate fishing poses to Patagonian toothfish in southern oceans, the illegal trading of Hawksbill turtles for their tortoiseshell + the numerous threats to seahorses which are caught in vast quantities for traditional medicine and aquaria.