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Phil Mansbridge: The fragile bonds between tourism and wildlife

March 20, 2013

On one hand, the news from this week's Cites conference, held in Bangkok, was good: the international trade in manta rays and five species of sharks has been regulated for the first time, offering protection to extraordinary species including the great hammerhead shark. On the other hand, the news was bleak. After all, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora lists only species that are in real danger of being wiped out (though where the line falls is debateable; political wrangling means that polar bears have failed to find a place on the list).

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