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Cites agrees to bolster protection

Critics say forum a venue to legalise wildlife trade

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Cites concluded its two-week-long conference here yesterday, with members agreeing to take decisive action to protect wild animals and precious plant species from over-exploitation. 

Representatives of 170 governments endorsed 55 proposals to enforce strong measures to fight wildlife crime at the triennial meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

The conference unanimously agreed to improve trade controls on hundreds of new timber species, along with a number of tortoises and turtles and a range of plants and animals, including manta rays and five shark species.

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