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'Extinction crisis' focus for summit

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New plans to protect elephants, rhinos and other species will be discussed at a critical meeting that begins in Bangkok on Sunday.

Delegates will review the convention on the international trade in endangered species (CITES).

Around 35,000 animals and plants are at present protected by the treaty.

But with a global "extinction crisis" facing many species, this year's meeting is being described as the most critical in its history.

The CITES agreement was signed in Washington in March 1973 in an attempt to regulate the burgeoning trade in wild flora and fauna.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21629176

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They way they vote should be known so the rest of the world and the citizens of their country. Any country that is allowing illegal Ivory in needs to have sanctions put on them. Sometimes these animals are still alive when they cut their horns off. Then they are left to suffer and die.

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