As the world deals with COVID-19, the sustainable use of wild species is a critical coping and resilience strategy.
Pangolins are illegally traded, linked to the coronavirus pandemic and driven to extinction in some areas. That's why it's vital to reintroduce this threatened species back into the wild.
There are more captive tigers in the US than there are in the wild around the world – and they can be bought for less than some breeds of dog puppies.
Using real apes and monkeys as actors in film and TV encourages people to see them as pets.
Zimbabwe are looking to resolve a debt to China by selling animals to them. But one of the concerns is that the elephants sold will eventually be farmed and their ivory harvested.
The ivory trade is a very contentious issue and will be debated at CITES. It will revolve around maintaining or lifting the ban on trade. But the human element is likely to be ignored.
The focus of CITES is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.