Ivory trade debate at UN body

2012-07-23 15:01
Uganda customs and revenue authority check elephant tusks seized at the Entebbe international airport. (Peter Busomoke, AFP)

Uganda customs and revenue authority check elephant tusks seized at the Entebbe international airport. (Peter Busomoke, AFP)

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Geneva - A call to resume the legal ivory trade as one means of fighting elephant poaching in Africa is expected to dominate debate at a UN conservation meeting.

A report commissioned by the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species endorses setting up a centralised system that would allow for the sale of ivory from elephants that either died naturally or as a result of trophy hunting, or were considered a threat or culled for ecological reasons.

The proposal would still need to be voted on at the next Cites meeting in Bangkok in March.

A global ban on ivory in 1989 halted widespread poaching. But the problem has worsened since 2004 amid Asian demand for ivory chopsticks, statues and jewellery.
- AP
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