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Ivory Trade Ban: 29 African nations meet in Switzerland

The nations will talk about 5 corresponding propositions sent to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) along with various other co-proponents, to supply an incorporated bundle to shield elephants by enhancing global CITES legislation.

“The package of five proposals is a decisive response to the poaching crisis facing African elephants over the last decade, caused by the legal sale of ivory stockpiles to China and Japan in 2008,” said Vera Weber, President of the Swiss-based Foundation Franz Weber.

The proposals are:

Listing all elephants in CITES Appendix I,

The closure of domestic ivory markets,

The destruction of ivory stockpiles,

Ending the Decision-Making Mechanism for legalizing trade in ivory, and

Limiting the export of wild, live African elephants to conservation projects in their natural habitat.

Taken together, the proposals would put an end to the ivory trade and afford elephants the highest protection under international law.

The crisis facing the African elephant is still very real, and calls for a global unity of purpose.

Of the 29 countries represented in the Coalition, 25 of them are African elephant range States, in which 68% of the African elephants occur in the wild.

At the height of the killing from 2010 to 2012, at least 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa for their ivory, many of them in AEC countries.

“It is critically important that CITES takes decisive action to ban international and domestic trade in ivory to save elephants from imminent extinction. We are making a collective stand for the long-term survival of elephants throughout Africa and calling on the world to stand with us,” said Weber.

Deputy Director of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Patrick Omondi said the meeting is timely in addressing ivory trade which has seen at least 100,000 elephants have been killed in Africa for their ivory, many of them in AEC countries.

Omondi highlighted that poaching of elephants and rhinos and illegal wildlife trade is a major problem across much of Africa threatening the very survival of iconic species.

“Poaching fuels corruption, insecurity as well as harming the sustainable economic development of local communities but also national economies,” he said.

He however noted that there has been remarkable progress in curbing and trafficking of wildlife.

In 2014, 164 elephants were poached in the country which significantly reduced to 96 in 2015.

The same year 35 rhinos were illegally killed compared to 11 in 2015.

Omondi added that with the implementation of the wildlife conservation and management Act 2013, many cases have been brought to book.

Over 4200 arrests and convictions in 3 years. These actions have resulted into seizures of contraband ivory at our major entry and exit ports and reduced the level of poaching.

“Our elephants are dying every day to meet the insatiable appetite of the ivory trade. We are appealing for support in our mission to end the trade and for the world to join us in spreading the message that elephants are worth more alive than dead,” said Omondi.

Source: capitalfm

Written by How Africa News

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