Cites agrees to discuss ivory ban
‘It marks a turning point to prevent elephant extinction’
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