CITES Stands up for Elephants

Photo by Carlton Ward

Last week during its meeting in Doha, Qatar, CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) rejected the highly debated proposals by Tanzania and Zambia to relax their restrictions on ivory trading and host a one-time sell-off of 112 tons of ivory.  This vote is a huge milestone to the African elephant, which is at risk from many factors including poaching, climate change, development, pollution, etc.

“Poaching of elephants and ivory seizures are escalating, not decreasing, this decision is a victory for common sense,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Southern Africa director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare for an article in the Washington Post. A report from Save the Elephants discusses the importance of this vote in more detail.

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