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March 14, 2013

HSI and The HSUS Commend CITES Parties for Protecting Certain Shark and Manta Ray Species from International Commercial Trade

Humane Society International Deputy Wildlife Director Rebecca Regnery released the following statement praising the final decision at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to list the oceanic whitetip shark, the porbeagle shark, three species of hammerhead sharks, and two species of manta rays, great and reef, on Appendix II. The inclusion of these species in the CITES appendices marks the first time that shark and manta ray species with high commercial value have been granted such protections in the 40-year history of the Convention.

“The adoption of all shark and manta ray proposals clearly demonstrates that CITES parties recognize the perils facing these species from unsustainable and inhumane trade in their fins, gills and meat. A majority of countries, including many developing coastal communities, have shown a willingness to take necessary action to protect these vulnerable marine animals. This marks a new beginning for CITES to play an increased role in regulating international trade in commercially valuable and overexploited marine species.”

For facts on sharks and rays and CITES proposals, please visit hsi.org/citessharks and hsi.org/citesrays.

U.S. Media Contact: Rebecca Basu, +1 (240-753-4875), rbasu@humanesociety.org

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