A ban on the international commercial trade of Asian small-clawed and smooth-coated otters, Indian Star tortoises and many other animals came into effect on November 26
Every day, thousands of wild animals are poached, bred or farmed and sold into the global, multi-billion-dollar exotic pet trade. Regardless of whether this trade is legal or illegal, these animals suffer terribly.
Thanks to decisions made at the CITES 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in August 2019, Asian small-clawed and smooth-coated otters, Indian Star tortoises and many other animals targeted and traded for the exotic pet trade will now have increased protection from exploitation.
Now that more than ninety days have passed since the decisions were made in Geneva, the up listing to Appendix I for the two Asian otter species (the small-clawed and smooth-coated otters) and for the Indian Star tortoise, are in full force.
This means that the international trade in these species is prohibited for commercial purposes. Effectively, wild caught specimens will no longer be legally permitted for international trade for entertainment or to become someone’s pet.
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