Europe to crack down on wildlife smugglers to protect rare lizard species

Posted by Bridget Ryan, May 12, 2017

Europe has moved to close a loophole that allows wildlife smugglers to trade in several endangered lizard species, after revelations by the Guardian about the scale of the problem.

An EU proposal to strictly regulate the trade in arboreal alligator lizards (Abronia), backed by Mexico, will be debated at the Convention on international trade in endangered species (Cites) conference, which opens in Johannesburg this autumn.

Another EU motion supported by Vietnam would ban the buying and selling of psychedelic geckos (Cnemaspis psychedelica) while a separate Malaysiansubmission would bring earless monitor lizards (Lanthanotus borneensis) under Cites protection.

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