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Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora 1973

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. This multilateral treaty aims to protect endangered plants and animals and relates to the acquisition of biological and geological material in developing collections.

Roughly 35,000 species of animals and plants are protected by CITES legislation which aims to ensure that international trade in specimens does not threaten their survival. CITES legislation applies to live animals and plants, but also to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines.

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Date created: 1973

Author: CITES

Publisher: CITES