CITES ANNOUNCES NEW TRADE BAN ON PANGOLINS
Member States to the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) ruled in favor of a global trade ban for pangolins. All eight species of pangolin are now listed under Appendix I of CITES, which prohibits all commercial international trade of these most endangered species. Until last week, all pangolin species has been listed under Appendix II, which controls the trade of listed species, although trade in the four Asian pangolin species had been given a zero quota, essentially banning trade of these species. Because it is difficult to differentiate between Asian and African pangolin products (scales and meat), the earlier listing inadvertently increased the trade in African pangolins and enabled laundering of Asian species. The total BAN on international pangolin trade hopes to overcome this problem. Pangolins weren’t the only species to be placed under increased protection; Barbary Macaques, primates native to Europe, were also placed under Appendix I. For the full story, see http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37494823 and http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/un-bans-trade-in-endangered-pangolins-20160930-grs06a.html. For more information on the Macaques ban, see http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37490932.