Ivory trade debate at UN body

2012-07-23 15:01

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.

  • wesleywt - 2012-07-23 18:13

    You should farm elephants for ivory and rhinos for horns. Because, have you ever seen an endangered chicken?

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