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Greenpeace asks: Is CITES championing extinction?

March 31, 2010

Greenpeace brings the recent CITES meeting into fairly sharp focus.Bluefin caught in net, photograph Greenpeace While WDCS is now probing behind to ask what is Japan’s long term strategy with ocean species?

Willies blog, at Greenpeace UK, says:

I’ve tried several times to write a ‘wrap-up’ blog for this year’s CITES meeting. But usually I end up just banging my head against the keyboard in despair.

This CITES meeting was a turning point – the governments in the room decided that they weren’t there to restrict trade to protect species, but rather there to protect trade as best they could. Nowhere was that more evident than the marine proposals.

Sharks were shafted, corals crushed, and bluefin obliterated, as the assembled governments played politics, and wrung their hands earnestly over the adverse economic effects of actually protecting any of these endangered species. Conveniently ignoring the fact that it’s their inability to restrain trade which endangered them in the first place…

Mark Simmonds, on the WDCS From the Front Line log gives an amusing but salient summary as well, and Chris Butler-Stroud asks the question behind it all – So what is Japan’s long term strategy with ocean species?

All are worth a read.

Margi Prideaux

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