Cites agrees to dis­cuss ivory ban

‘It marks a turn­ing point to pre­vent ele­phant ex­tinc­tion’

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics - GIL­BERT KOECH @TheS­tarKenya

Coun­tries at­tend­ing the CITES meet­ing in South Africa on Sun­day agreed to dis­cuss rec­om­men­da­tions for all na­tions not to al­low com­mer­cial trade in raw and worked ivory.

This paves way for a for­mal dis­cus­sion on whether to list all African ele­phants in a cat­e­gory that would re­sult on a to­tal ban of in­ter­na­tional trade in ivory.

Con­ser­va­tion­ists and coun­tries like Kenya who have been push­ing for this say a suc­cess­ful out­come would pro­vide African ele­phants with the high­est level of pro­tec­tion un­der in­ter­na­tional law.

Fon­da­tion pres­i­dent Franz We­ber said she wit­nessed a mes­sage to the world to ur­gently close do­mes­tic ivory mar­kets.

“By largely agree­ing to the pro­posal of the 29-na­tion African Ele­phant Coali­tion, it marks another turn­ing point in CITES pol­icy to pre­vent

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