Sharks, rays and their cartilaginous relatives are threatened with extinction. The primary threat to this ancient and diverse species group is overfishing.
The saiga is a Star-Wars looking Critically Endangered antelope from Central Asia, whose horn is used in traditional Chinese medicines (TCM). Last month, a new rulling by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora strengthened trade regulations around saiga product exports (1).
As the CITESCoP18 closes, there have been 57 listing proposals decided on. Predicating the impact of trade controls is difficult, and Amy Hinsley, EJ Milner-Gulland and Dan Challender call for deeper evaluation of likely impacts. Contact the authors for a copy. Link here