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Zambia may destroy ‘costly’ ivory stocks: minister

General July 4, 2012

A shipment of elephant tusks packed in metal cases are seen after they were intercepted in NairobiLUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambia is considering destroying its ivory worth millions of dollars because it is becoming "too costly" to maintain the government's stockpile, tourism minister Given Lubinda said on Wednesday. Zambia has appealed to international regulator – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) – to allow it to sell part of its stock, saying the money would be used for conservation. "We may be forced to destroy it should next year's CITES meeting not allow us to sell the stockpile," Lubinda said in an interview. …

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