Top of the conference agenda: The last chance to save the rhino
The Independent, 28 Feb 2013
With illegal trade in rhinos and elephants soaring, East Asian countries are under pressure to cut demand
The poaching crisis now engulfing Africa’s rhinos and elephants will be top of the agenda at one of the world’s major conservation conferences next week – with a global appeal to Vietnam and China.
At the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Bangkok, leading states including Britain will be putting pressure on the two Asian countries to curb their domestic demand for illegal rhino horn and ivory, which is driving the illegal killing of Africa’s biggest “big beasts” to unprecedented new levels.
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