CITES Criticized for Decision on Ugandan Leopards


This week, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted to open up trophy hunting of endangered leopards in Uganda, but apparently made their decision based on 20-year-old data. The decision allows Uganda to export up to 28 leopard skins a year, but an editorial in Uganda's New Vision newspaper wonders if there are even 28 leopards left alive in Uganda! According to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, "The leopard is listed as threatened to endangered throughout Africa, and commercial trophy hunting is now prohibited in most countries."

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