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ADI outraged as African lions dealt devastating blow at CITES conference

Animal lovers around the world were shocked at the announcement from CITES CoP17 (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species 17th Conference of the Parties) in Johannesburg, that the African lion will not be uplisted to Appendix I status, denying the big cats the highest level of wildlife protection available. The news came despite a campaign from Animal Defenders International (ADI), with support from the public, governments, and Hollywood superstar Ricky Gervais.