Host of Birds, Fish and Mammals Gain New UN Protection

Nature World News
10 November 2014

Polar bears, whales, sharks and gazelles are just some among the 31 species of migratory birds, fish and mammals that have been cast under the protective net of the UN conservation body, according to a new report.

Following six days of “intense” talks in Quito, Ecuador, the UN Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced Sunday the list of animals gaining new protections as part of a worldwide environmental conservation effort.

“Migratory animals have become the global flagships for many of the pressing issues of our time,” CMS executive secretary Bradnee Chambers said in a press release. “From plastic pollution in our oceans, to the effects of climate change, to poaching and over-exploitation, the threats migratory animals face will eventually affect us all.”