Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Animal trafficking: Wildlife trade crisis talks held

By Rebecca Morelle
Science reporter, BBC World Service
A total of 1,004 white rhinos were poached last year in South Africa

Experts from around the world are gathering in London to discuss "the global crisis" in the wildlife trade.

Conservationists say animal trafficking is reaching unprecedented levels and species such as rhinos, elephants and tigers are under threat of extinction.

The aim of the meeting, hosted by the Zoological Society of London, is to find new ways to protect animals and reduce demand for wildlife products.

An action plan will be fed into another meeting hosted by the UK government.

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