A cry for reason at CITES

Edward Dorson, the Director of Conservation Strategies for the Shark Research Institute, has published an excellent editorial about CITES in the Gulf Times, which describes itself as “Qatar’s top-selling English daily newspaper”. The editorial can be found here.

Here are some highlights, though I recommend reading the whole article.

“All trade in a species vanishes when that species no longer exists.”

“A prime responsibility of all generations is to ensure that the world left to the next one is at least as vital and habitable to the one we live in today. Natural processes can’t be compromised or bartered.”

“Many nations are contributing to this tragedy…countries with damaged economies or a quick-fix determinism to prey upon the natural world until all is consumed. Surely this is outright madness.”