A return to the bloody ivory trade?

Waterland, Shelley
June 2007
Geographical (Geographical Magazine Ltd.);Jun2007, Vol. 79 Issue 6, p38
The article considers the possible relaxation of the ivory trade ban. In 1979, there were an estimated 1.3 million elephants scattered across nearly 40 African countries. The ban on the international commercial trade in ivory approved by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1989 came as a direct result of this devastation. Proposals from Botswana and Namibia include measures that would see a further escalation in the legal commercial trade, involving sales of stockpiled ivory and trade in skins, meat and live animals.


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