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We are pleased that Australia is among the 38 countries proposing to use CITES to address pressing trade-related threats to sharks and rays. CITES is the largest, most effective wildlife conservation agreement in existence.

Manta rays are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, but only a listing on CITES will afford them protection from international trade. Your voice and the success of our CITES shark petition allow Project AWARE’s policy team to make profound arguments for change at critical events such at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Thank you for supporting our work! #mantaray

Historic day for sharks: All shark and ray CITES proposals have been adopted at CITES CoP16 in Committee. We're working hard with our #CITES4Sharks colleagues to ensure today's terrific decisions are finalized in Plenary later this week!

We urge CITES Parties to vote in favor of Proposal #43 to list the scalloped hammerhead shark on CITES Appendix II at CITES CoP16. To download & read our detailed range of factsheets on all shark species up for proposal visit our new coalition website www.cites4sharks.org #CITES4SHARKS

Manta rays are being overfished for international trade. See how the upcoming CITES meeting could bring hope for Mantas and other ray and shark species. #CITES4SHARKS

Unregulated and unmanaged. International trade is decimating global shark populations. Demand better protection. Sign the #petition

Sharks and Rays need protection and they need it NOW! Join the campaign by adding the #CITES4SHARKS twibbon to your Facebook and Twitter profile and follow @projectaware! Extinction is NOT an Option http://twibbon.com/support/cites4sharks