The Species Survival Network (SSN), founded in 1992, is an international coalition of over fifty non-governmental organizations (NGOs) committed to the promotion, enhancement, and strict enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Through scientific and legal research, education and advocacy, the SSN is working to prevent over-exploitation of animals and plants due to international commercial trade.
The Network strongly believes that such trade can occur only when evidence positively demonstrates that survival of the species, subspecies or populations and their role in the ecosystems in which they occur will not be detrimentally affected by trade and when trade in live animals minimizes the risk of injury, damage to health or cruel treatment. The species must always receive the benefit of the doubt if available evidence is uncertain.
At the current conference taking place from the 3rd-14th of June, 2007 in The Hague, the Netherdlands, there are a number of proposals that would result in the legalization of the international trade in several endangered species. The SSN is working to protect these and other species from over-exploitation.
Here are the SSN's position on the various proposals (in pdf format) including the overview of all species proposals:
- Overview of proposals for the 14th CITES CoP
- African Elephant - Botswana & Namibia proposal
- African Elephants - Kenya & Mali proposal
- North African Gazelles
- Spiny Dogfish
- Fin Whales
- Confiscated Specimens
- Periodic Review
Learn more about CITES on our website & visit the CITES homepage
View a List of Common Acronyms in CITES and SSN Documents Here