Namibia, Zimbabwe fail to get U.N. permission to export ivory

A Kenya Wildlife Service ranger stacks elephant tusks on a pyre near NairobiBy Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Namibia and Zimbabwe failed on Monday to convince a U.N. body on Monday that they should be allowed to export ivory – something they had argued would protect rather than further endanger Africa's elephants. Member countries of the U.N.'s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted overwhelmingly to reject the proposals to sell tusks seized from poachers and taken from animals that had died naturally or been put down by the state. "African elephants are in steep decline across much of the continent due to poaching for their ivory, and opening up any legal trade in ivory would complicate efforts to conserve them," said Ginette Hemley, the head of the CITES delegation for conservation group WWF.

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October 3, 2016 2:05 pm

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