Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
HSI POLICY ON CITES
International trade is one of the primary forces driving hundreds of species around the world to extinction. Commercialisation of wildlife poses inherent dangers for conservation as demand will inevitably outstrip supply.
HSI lobbies Australia and other relevant governments to seek CITES protection for the species we identify as being at risk from international trade. Many of the species HSI has asked governments to nominate have gone on to be successfully listed and now enjoy the benefits of CITES protection. Most recently this has included many species of shark. We also work hard to lobby governments not to allow CITES protection to be weakened for species such as turtles, tigers, elephants and whales.
HSI lobbies strongly on CITES issues by sending a team of campaigners to CoP meetings and will very often have a position on the Australian Government delegation to lend our expertise in wildlife protection and ensure the delegation maintains a strong conservation position.
HSI is also a very active member of the Species Survival Network, a coalition of over 80 international and national conservation, environment and animal welfare organisations that work together to secure CITES protection for species threatened by wildlife trade.
Species covered by CITES are listed in three Appendices.
- Appendix I includes species threatened with extinction and prohibits international trade in all their parts.
- Appendix II allows for controlled trade and is intended for species whose survival is not yet threatened but may become so if trade continues without careful control.
- Appendix III is for species that may be subject to trade regulation by any one party to the convention while not listed by all parties on Appendix I or II.
There are also provisions for listing species in the appendices because they ‘look like' listed species and need to be listed to help with implementation.
The meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to CITES is held every 2 to 3 years to discuss new proposals for animals and plants to be added or removed the appendices. Specialist meetings of the Plant and Animal Committees within the Convention take place between these major conferences.
To find out more about CITES from the Species Survival Network, including our positions on the latest species proposals and resolutions Click here.
PROPOSED REGULATION TO ALLOW RHINO HORN TRADE AND EXPORT IN SOUTH AFRICA COULD WORSEN TRAFFICKING CRISIS, SAYS HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL
14th February 2017 click here
News from the 17th Meeting of the Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora CITES
September 2016 Click here
success for sharks and elephants at wildlife trade talks; rhinos get a reprieve
4th October 2016 Click here
WILDLIFE CHARITIES URGE KING OF SWAZILAND TO WITHDRAW RHINO TRADE PROPOSAL AHEAD OF CITES
22nd September 2016 Click here
INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE TRADE MEETING SET TO BEGIN IN SOUTH AFRICA THIS WEEKEND
20th September 2016 Click here
ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMANE GROUPS PRAISE COSTA RICA FOR GROUNDBREAKING PROPOSAL ON THE INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION OF HAMMERHEAD SHARKS
April 26th 2012 download PDF (284.6 kB)
SPECIES SURVIVAL NETWORK - RHINO NEWSLETTER
January 2012 Issue No.1 download PDF (284.6 kB)
May 26, 2010. HSI opinion piece for the ABC on CITES outcomes. Click here.
CITES CONFERENCE WRAPS UP IN DOHA. SHARKS LOSE OUT TO POLITICS
May 25, 2010. On the final day of CITES, some major disappointments for marine species. Click here.