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Australia Puts Sawfish Survival at Risk

"The Australian Government is about to embarrass us internationally through its shameful attempt to downgrade a United States proposal to end the trade in sawfish to help ensure their survival," said Greens spokesperson on Fisheries, Senator Rachel Siewert today.  


"The proposal to downgrade the trade in Sawfish is scheduled to be debated at the UN conference on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in The Hague today."


"I find it hard to fathom why Australia is trying to allow aquarium exporters to continue exporting live sawfish to aquariums in other countries when the species has declined by 90% and are classified as Critically Endangered."


"With the incentive of $10,000 for one live sawfish, allowing any trade will quickly lead to their total demise worldwide. Australia's stance on this issue makes us a laughing stock and undermines our leading role in shark conservation, as sawfish are closely related to sharks."


"I am also extremely concerned that Australia's only live sawfish exporter is a member of the Australian delegation to CITES," said Senator Siewert.

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