Stop the international trade in endangered animals

Reposted from the Center for Biological Diversity. Please take action here.

Act Now to Stop International Trade in Endangered Animals

In March 2010 the United States will participate in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of the Parties. The CITES treaty is an international effort to conserve endangered species by restricting trade in rare wildlife. Right now, the United States is developing its negotiating positions and deciding which species it will support trade restrictions on.Polar bears, corals, sharks, and bluefin tuna are endangered worldwide due to climate change, habitat destruction, human overpopulation, and a host of other threats. They can’t withstand the added threat of lucrative international trade in rare wildlife.

For these at-risk species to have a fighting chance, the United States must vocally support strict controls on international trade at the CITES conference. Please send a letter today urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to push for the full protections imperiled species like the polar bear, corals, sharks, and bluefin tuna need to survive.

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