International Conservation

Defenders in Action

Protecting Parrots

Defenders of Wildlife has worked to obtain protections under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species for several parrot species, including the yellow-headed and lilac-crowned parrots and the blue-headed macaw.
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Protecting Sharks

Since 2002, Defenders of Wildlife has been a member of Mexico’s Technical Working Group, which drafted the regulations that went into effect in 2007 to ban shark finning, ban the use of drift nets, and create ten shark reserve areas in the Pacific, among other conservation measures.
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Protecting Amphibians

In July 2011, Defenders of Wildlife, Pro Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute issued a report titled Canapés to Extinction: The International Trade in Frogs’ Legs and its Ecological Impact. The report is the first comprehensive study of the frog leg market ever conducted and reveals an industry rife with serious environmental consequences.
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