Yellow-billed parrot now protected

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that the Jamaican yellow-billed parrot is now protected under the Endangered Species Act. From this excerpt of the final rule from the Department of the Interior: “We are listing the yellow-billed parrot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) because of continued…

Sharks, Manta rays receive “protections” under treaty – for now

Until March 14, members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna or Flora (CITES) — an international treaty that regulates international trade of animal and plant species to prevent endangerment — will meet in Bangkok, Thailand. The international cohort will consider 67 proposals to adjust the rules governing international trade in wildlife…