NABU: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), was put into force in the United States on June 20, 1976. CITES maintains a list of endangered animals and plants, and prohibits the international trade of these species. These restrictions often lead to the recovery of certain organisms and has been particularly active in the preservation of rhinos and tigers. Snow leopards have also benefited from these regulations, although the illegal trafficking of their beautiful fur and body parts used in traditional Asian medicines remains a problem.
CITES is an essential international treaty in the fight against endangered species extinction. We applaud the progress that it has facilitated, and we look forward to increased international compliance and enforcement in the future.
For more information, see the NABU website at http://nabu.de/ (German Language).