Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs and Wild Dogs Will be Protected under the new African Carnivores Initiative Photo: William H. Majoros
Six species of cartilaginous fish (sharks and rays) have received greater protection, with the Whale Shark, the world’s largest fish, now listed in Appendix I of the CMS.
Matthew Collis, Director of International Policy at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said that sharks are in “desperate need of protection” as the “relentless demand for shark fins” is pushing them towards extinction.
“We hope this new commitment by countries from around the world will signal the beginning of renewed efforts to control shark fisheries and trade,” added Mr Collis.
A wide range of Africa’s large carnivores are also set to benefit as the CMS and Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will now join forces to conserve lions, leopards, cheetahs and wild dogs in the new African Carnivores Initiative.