The nineteenth regular meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) is tentatively scheduled to be held in Costa Rica March 3rd-14th 2022. The US Fish and Wildlife Service invited submissions to include information and recommendations on animal and plant species for which the United States should consider submitting proposals to amend Appendices l and Appendices ll of CITES at CoP19.
The EMS Foundation has exposed deficiencies in the legal wildlife trade and has published the same in a number of reports after completing exhaustive research.
The relevant South African and American government agencies are allegedly conducting their own investigations as a result of the findings of these reports.
The World Health Organisation, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the United Nations Environment Programme have recently made an unprecedented call to governments and national authorities asking them “to suspend the trade in live caught wild animal of mammalian species for food or breeding purposes and to close sections of food markets selling live caught wild animals species as an emergency measure.“
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