Actor and animal activist Ian Somerhalder is probably one of the most influential voices on Twitter, and this time he’s using his huge platform to praise an upcoming discussion on animal issues at the the United Nation’s agenda meeting.
This week, issues such as, the smuggling of elephant ivory and rhino horn, tiger conservation and illegal trading of great apes are being talked about at the United Nations-backed meeting in Geneva.
Somerhalder tweeted, “YES! It should be! RT @actionforplanet: Elephant ivory and rhino horn on the agenda at United Nations-backed meeting.”
Around 350 participants are in attendance for the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which “oversees the implementation of rules for the international trade in protected wildlife on behalf of the Conference of the 175 member countries of CITES.”
The week-long meeting will continue to discuss the matter of poaching these unique creatures, in addition to the over-exploitation of freshwater turtles and tortoises, frogs and plants from Madagascar and Asian snakes used in the leather industry.
“With elephant and rhino poaching and smuggling levels being the worst in a decade, it is clear that strong additional measures are required,” said the Chairman of the Committee, Øysten Størkersen. “The present meeting will help set the priorities and to ensure the long-term survival of key species we would like to leave to future generations.”