Manta rays are world renowned for their charismatic beauty, gentle behaviour, and inquisitive, playful nature. For this reason, tourists spend nearly US $140 million annually to see these manta rays in the wild providing an important source of income to many countries.
In the last decade, a market has emerged in Asia for ray gill plates as a tonic, which has no basis in official Traditional Chinese Medicine and no proven health benefits.
Thousands of manta rays are being killed each year.
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is a binding international agreement between governments. We ask that during the next CITES meeting in March 2013 countries vote to list manta rays under Appendix II of CITES.
With a two-thirds majority vote, the international trade in manta rays will be controlled in order to avoid unsustainable levels of trade that threaten the survival of these beautiful and valuable animals.
Please sign and share this urgent petition and help us to gain protection for these amazing animals.
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