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February 28, 2013

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Born Free Fights for Animals at Global Conference

Dear Friend,

We must stop the slide toward extinction for many of the world's most iconic species.

That is the call to action I am taking to the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which starts Sunday and runs through March 14 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 177 member countries that are signatories to CITES must put in place effective measures to prevent the further loss of several keystone species, including elephants, tigers, lions, rhinoceroses and polar bears. We're also urging the international community to stop the organized crime syndicates that are behind today's poaching epidemic.

We are witnessing the decimation of some of the world's most beautiful creatures and it must stop. The public is led to believe that the natural world is holding its own, and that is far from the truth. For some species, the question is not whether they will go extinct in the wild in my daughter's lifetime, but in mine.

In the coming days, our CEO Will Travers and I will be sharing our CITES experiences as they happen with tweets, blogs, videos and more on our Latest from CITES webpage. Stay posted by frequently visiting our CITES section.

The time to help wildlife is now. Thank you, as always, for your support.

For the animals,

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