Environment & Energy Report

International Wildlife Protection Group Rejects Bid to Restart Ivory Trade

Oct. 6, 2016, 4:00 AM

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has rejected a bid by Namibia and Zimbabwe to end a nearly three-decade ban on the international trade in ivory from elephant tusks, and in rhinoceros horn.

“Elephants are in decline across the continent due to poaching for their ivory, and opening up trade in ivory would have complicated efforts to conserve them,” Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of conservation strategy and science at the World Wildlife Fund, told Bloomberg BNA.

But delegates to the 17th meeting of the conference of the parties to CITES, meeting in...

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