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Foreign Secretary William Hague has written to the Swiss government, as depository for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to declare the UK’s extension of CITES to Anguilla. This follows close working with the Governor of Anguilla on when and how the island would be able to implement and comply with its new obligations.
CITES is an international conservation agreement aimed at controlling the trade in endangered species to ensure that it is sustainable. It came into force in 1975 and was ratified by the UK shortly after in 1976.
The international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth up to $19 billion dollars every year and has seen iconic species across the world brought to the brink of extinction. A declaration was signed during yesterday’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London aimed at combating both demand and supply.