Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species - CITES to discuss the impact of lion bone trade

South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs has almost doubled its controversial annual quota for skeletons from captive bred lions. The announcement was made public just days before the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species - CITES -, whose technical committee met in Geneva to discuss the implications of a major report on the impact of lion bone trade on beleaguered wild lion populations. Doctor Mark Jones, Associate Director at Born Free Foundation says his organisation published a report entitled Cash Before Conservation, exposing the cynical breeding of lions in South Africa for hunting and bone trade.