CITES takes action against Nigeria's trade in endangered species

Nigeria produces more than just obnoxious spam: the country is also home to way too much illegal traffic in endangered species.

That's the verdict of the International Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which this week banned Nigeria from importing or exporting any animal or plant species governed by the organization.

From a report by news agency AHN:

Fidelis Omeni, who monitors the country's adherence to the international pact, said Thursday that Nigerian authorities had made insufficient progress in curbing illicit traffic. Many cities in Nigeria are known to encourage banned trade in endangered wildlife from within and outside the country.

CITES, an international agreement administered by the UN Environment Program, governs trade in protected species between 172 member nations. Under its policies, "All import, export, re-export and introduction from the sea of species covered by the Convention has to be authorized through a licensing system." This ban means that no licenses will be granted to Nigeria for further legal import or export or any endangered or otherwise protected species.

So, avoid emails from Nigerian princes, and consider not buying any products at all that come from Nigeria. Economic pressure may be the only thing to bring about some government action to stop the country's illegal wildlife trade.