Polar bears, sharks and hardwood Madagascar are among several animals and plants proposed to be added to the list of wildlife protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
More than 50 States have submitted 67 proposals to the CITES Secretariat to adjust the rules governing international trade in wildlife species.
Including requesting the extension of the ban on trade in elephant ivory.
The Secretary General of CITES, John Scanlon, said the proposals will be presented at the next World Conference on Wildlife, to be held in Bangkok in March 2013.
“The issue of the African elephant and the legal and illegal trade in ivory, is likely to be the most controversial issue. All parties agree to do something and you have to take extra steps to stop the increase in elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade, “said Scanlon.
The expert considered that the illegal killing is putting the population decline of elephants across Africa.