For more than 40 years, the staff of The Humane Society of Canada have worked in over 95 countries protecting animals and the earth. We have forged a strategic partnership with the Species Survival Network (SSN) and our staff were one of the founding members of SSN.

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:

Learn more about CITES on our website & visit the CITES homepage

View a List of Common Acronyms in CITES and SSN Documents Here