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 January 05, 2008 11:09 AM

PROTECT ALL ENDANGERED RED LIST SPECIES 145 signed 1/5 All animals on this red list of threatened species should be protected! Just one example on how the current system fails! "The African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, is one of Africa's most endangered carnivores. It is Red Listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature ( IUCN) as an Endangered Species. The reasons given by IUCN for this decline are human induced loss of habitat and persecution by humans. According to the IUCN report on wild dogs, there are between 3.000 and 5.500 free ranging wild dogs left in Africa today. In January 2006 a film was broadcast by a Dutch Channel, Twee Vandaag, which exposed the indication that there was a serious trade in wild dogs, including dogs which came out of the wild! One way in which the trade and capture of wild dogs could be monitored and controlled would be for them to be listed on CITES, Appedix I or II. ( Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species) . That means that the African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, should be placed on CITES as soon as possible to afford a greater level of protection" The Aflrican Wild Dog will need protection from the local governments in Africa. Since it will take years to get it on the CITES list. The wildlifefoundation wants to act before it is too late! The time is now! Protect the last wild dogs in Africa !  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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