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The UN Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) at Quito stated after six days of intense negotiations and discussions between researchers and scientists that new protection laws for 31 new species have been suggested. Polar bears, whales, sharks and gazelles were among 31 new species granted new protection status by the UN conservation body
A record 21 species of shark, ray and sawfish were added to the list. The polar bear, which is found in the Arctic, and the widely distributed Cuvier’s beaked whale made the list too. The red-fronted gazelle, common in Africa and the great bustard, found in Europe and Asia are also included.
“Migratory animals have become the global flagships for many of the pressing issues of our time,” said CMS executive secretary Bradnee Chambers. “From plastic pollution in our oceans, to the effects of climate change, to poaching and over-exploitation, the threats migratory animals face will eventually affect us all.”
More than 900 experts from 120 countries met for the six-day meeting, approving all but one proposed species to be included on the protected wildlife list. The African lion did not make the list even though speculations were present that it might make the final cut but since there was not enough information from the countries where it lives so it was not on the list.