Every couple of years, governments around the world get together for CITES—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna. The goal of CITES is to ensure that international trade in animals does not result in the extinction of species. 

The international trade in animals and, disturbingly, their body parts is an ongoing and significant threat to so much wildlife across the world. 

Animals around the globe are killed or captured for the sole purpose of becoming a trophy, ornament, fashion accessory, exotic food or pet. This global trade in wildlife is not only cruel but also a major factor in some species’ imminent extinction. 

This year, the species nominated for international trade protection make for quite the line-up: 

  • Pygmy blue tongue skink (Nominated by the Australian Government) 
  • Several species of sharks and rays, including hammerheads, guitarfish, and the entire Carcharhinidae family including blacktips, grey reefs, duskys and blue sharks—the most heavily fished sharks in the world 
  • Hippos 
  • Glass frogs 
  • Elephants
  • Rhinos 
  • Leopards 
  • Sea cucumbers 

Will you help us by writing to the federal environment minister, The Hon. Tanya Plibersek, and ask her to ensure that Australia supports the protection of these nominated species at CITES?