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Higher Protection to Star Tortoise and Otters

  • 29 Aug 2019
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India’s proposal to upgrade the protection status of Star Tortoise, the Smooth-coated Otter & Small-clawed Otter has been approved in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

  • The species are now listed under Appendix I of the CITES & enjoy highest degree of protection.
  • Henceforth, complete International ban will be enforced on their trade, as an effort to boost their numbers.
  • The upgradation was approved at Conference of Parties (COP18) held at Geneva.
  • According to Deputy Director, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, “90% of the trade of Star Tortoise occurs as part of the International pet market.”
    • If their exploitation had continued at a similar pace or had expanded, a decline of greater than 30% was predicted by 2025.

Source: TH

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