EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: News24
Delegates at CITES CoP17, a global wildlife conference, on Sunday voted to ban international trade in African grey parrots, one of the world’s most trafficked birds.
“Fraud and corruption have enabled traffickers to vastly exceed current quotas and continue to harvest unsustainable numbers of African grey parrots from Congo’s forests to feed the illegal trade,” he said. “Banning the trade will make it easier for law enforcement agencies to crack down on the poachers and smugglers, and give the remaining wild populations some much-needed breathing space.”
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) estimates that between 2.1 and 3.2 million African greys were captured between 1975 and 2013.
Susan Lieberman of the Wildlife Conservation Society said the parrot had experienced, “significant population declines throughout its range in West, Central and East Africa.”
“It is extremely rare or locally extinct in Benin, Burundi, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Togo,” she said in a statement.
“If this bird could talk – and it certainly can – the African grey parrot would say thank you.”
The CITES treaty, signed by 182 countries and the European Union, protects about 5,600 animal and 30,000 plant species from over-exploitation through commercial trade.
The 12-day conference, which ends on Wednesday, is sifting through 62 proposals to tighten or loosen trade restrictions on around 500 species.
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