Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
Description of Activity
The illegal trade in wildlife is worth around one-third of the legal global trade of $22.8 billion. The largest consumers of the illegal trade being China, the US and EU and the most lucrative specimens being traded are elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger bones as well as birds and reptiles. The conservationists’ warnings of wild population decreases to the point of near extinction led to 181 countries ratifying the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Hailed as “the Magna Carta for Wildlife”, CITES subject’s wildlife imports to mandatory licensing and incorporates a “banned list” of prohibited species and a “controlled list” list of species.