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Elephant-Rich Africa Nations Demand Right to Resume Ivory Sales

May 7, 2019, 8:45 PM

Five southern African nations that are home to most of the world’s elephants demanded the right to sell ivory, arguing that people who live alongside the animals must be allowed to benefit from them.

The presidents of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia, as well as Angola’s environment minister, met Tuesday in Kasane, Botswana to forge a common policy toward elephant management, saying that conflict between elephants and rural farmers is escalating. Ivory sales currently require approval from the international community through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora.

Elephant poaching in the region has surged ...