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Potential CITES trade ban for rare salamander underscores wildlife e-commerce
Date:3/15/2010

for a salamander. But through the power of the internet, tapping into global market, you can find buyers".

WWF and TRAFFIC are concerned by other items sold and bought online, including elephant ivory, and precious corals, including red and pink coral, which currently are overharvested to make jewellery and collectables. Red and pink corals have been proposed for listing in Appendix II of CITES, a measure that would regulate their international trade

"It's a growing issue mainly because the internet and marketing on the internet is growing," Cooper said.

In addition, e-commerce will continue to be a growing issue for CITES governments.

"This is going to be an ever-growing enforcement issue for CITES," said Colman O'Criodain, WWF International Wildlife Trade Policy Analyst.


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Contact: Ian Morrison
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41-798-746-853
World Wildlife Fund
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