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Empathy Is Needed at the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) - CITES

Image Credit: Huffington Post Images We will either compel mass extinction or mass protection for wildlife. Every few years, the Conference of the Parties meets at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to decide the fate of a number of species. I argue that allowing trade in endangered species leads to the unintended consequence of essentially "giving permission" to poach and potentially wipe that species out to extinction.
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