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More Species Protected

SAFER SEAS This bonnethead shark is one of more than 90 shark species that gained added protections from CITES. WRANGEL/GETTY IMAGES

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was last month. It was held in Panama. The international conference set new protections. They added 500 species. The animals have been hunted and sold as food or as pets.

Trade supports “human well-being,” says CITES secretary-general Ivonne Higuero. “But we need to mend our relationship with nature.”

The added protections include more than 90 shark species. World shark populations are in decline. Their fins are used to make soup. It is a delicacy in parts of Asia.

Some measures were not adopted. CITES did not increase protection for rhinos and elephants. But a number of turtles, frogs, and lizards are now safer.

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