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Meeting gives hundreds of species protection

BANGKOK — A 12-day global wildlife conference concluded on Thursday after granting better protection to hundreds of threatened animal and plant species.

More than 1,000 delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora approved trade rules for animal species such as sharks, manta rays, tortoises and turtles, and they rejected proposals that would have allowed three species of crocodiles to be traded internationally.

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CITES meets every three years to discuss how to regulate trade in plants and animals to ensure the survival of more than 35,000 species. The convention delegates represent 178 governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations and groups speaking for indigenous peoples.

John Scanlon, convention secretary general said this year’s event was ‘‘a watershed moment’’ for the organization in realizing the seriousness of wildlife crime and toughening measures against it.

Five shark species are under severe threat because of the market for shark fins in Asia.

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