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Battle lines drawn over the future of elephants

Battle lines drawn over the future of elephants

By Don Pinnock - Daily Maverick Are elephants global treasures in urgent need of protection, or a commodity on the world market? According to positions being taken at the UN wildlife trade organisation Cites meeting in Panama, they cannot be both. This week, 183 countries at the Cites Congress of Parties (CoP) meeting in Panama will consider more than 100 proposals on the trade and protection of wild animals and plants. High on the agenda are elephants and sparks are sure to fly. In 1980, the African elephant population was estimated at 1.3 million. Following a census in 2015, only 415,428...

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Africa is not a country: Europe’s neo-colonial attitude to the protection of African elephants

Africa is not a country: Europe’s neo-colonial attitude to the protection of African elephants

By Rosie Awori Next week, the 184 Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will meet to discuss the future of wildlife. The 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP19) will take place in Panama City from November 14th to 25th. As usual, the discussions are likely to be fractious between pro-trade and pro-conservation Parties – and no species issue will polarise the debate more than the African elephant. Once again, Europe’s one-sided approach will exacerbate an already difficult situation facing the survival of...

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EU backtracks: Once again, it supports the export of baby elephants out of Africa

EU backtracks: Once again, it supports the export of baby elephants out of Africa

By Adam Cruise, Keith Lindsay and Anna Zangger Three years ago, at the 18th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) in Geneva in 2019, the European Union, in agreement with most African elephant range states, committed to a strict restriction of the live trade of elephants. This led to a decisive vote by the CITES Parties to limit the trade from some of the key exporting African countries to in situ conservation programmes or secure areas in the wild and within the species’ natural and historical range. In...

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Big Deal: Did Namibia Ask India To Pull Its Ivory Ban in Return for Cheetahs?

Big Deal: Did Namibia Ask India To Pull Its Ivory Ban in Return for Cheetahs?

By Aathira Perinchery - Science, The Wire Kickstarting India’s ambitious cheetah introduction programme, eight African cheetahs from Namibia reached Madhya Pradesh on September 17.An important question hangs in the air now: in exchange for the cheetahs, did Namibia ask India to give up its opposition to the international trade in ivory?India rendered illegal the domestic trade in ivory in 1986 and imported ivory in 1991. The CITES treaty to which it is party banned international trade in 1989.However, Namibia and some other countries have ivory stockpiles that they would like to sell to...

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