Ivory trade vote exposes divisions on saving elephant

Targeted for their tusks, Africa's elephants have been decimated by poaching, with a new study showing the number has fallen by around 111,000 in the past decadeThe global conference that governs wildlife trade voted Monday against strengthening the ban on ivory sales, exposing bitter divisions among African countries and experts over elephant conservation. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) rejected a proposal to include all African elephants in its highest category of protection, which bans trade in species facing extinction. A coalition of 29 African countries — led by Kenya and Benin — had pressed for African elephants to be put in the CITES "Appendix I" category.

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October 3, 2016 11:14 pm

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