Johannesburg (AP) – Some African countries with the largest elephant population in the world will be pushing for tight controls on the legal ivory trade this year, while another group of countries on the continent say it is a good way to illegally kill illegal weapons. For their tusks.
Duel proposals reflect departures in Africa that how many species of slaughtered species are protected by hunters over the last decade and elephants, including ivory, skin and hair, can often be traded as commodities. They kneel in South Africa, including Botswana and Zimbabwe, who say that commerce will help pay tribute to Kenya, Gabon and others to save the elephants who believe that limited demand for fuel is also illegal.
In the endangered species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, proposals were submitted by the Office of the International Trade Convention. They will be discussed when CITES member countries are available on May 23-June 3 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In the last meeting of the 2016 meeting in Johannesburg, CITES rejected decades of appeal to rest international restrictions on stems trading.
Wildlife trade expert Colman O'Connell with the WWF Conservation Group said, "There is really no hunger in the international community." He told in a telephone interview with the Associated Press on Saturday that instead of being involved in a "definitive discussion" about whether Sri Lankan meetings should be done legally, it should be focused on implementing anti-trafficking measures.
According to Ciuden, illegal ivory market in Vietnam and other countries is demanding demand in China, which has banned its domestic stem trade. Meanwhile, the major exit point for African ivory from the continent is the Kenyan port of Mombasa, the Tanzanian region of Zanzibar, and to a lesser extent Mozambique's coastal capital is Maputo.
A South African proposal involves approximately 256,000 elephants from Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, or more than half of Africa's total estimates. Protecting elephants in human populations and reducing the settlement of wildlife comes at a great price, and a closely regulated trade in ivory's government-owned stocks will help reduce the burden.
The proposal states that "CITES has acted as an obstructor and not by the enthusiasm of progress."
Zambia made a similar proposal, saying that elephants compete with people in the rural areas for property and if they are "tolerant of the elephant sustainable use," Zambians will be more tolerant.
This debate affects the topic of sovereignty. The countries which want the Southern African elephants to be eligible for strict controls include Gabon, whose forest elephants have been heavily hunted, and Nigeria, which has very few remaining numbers. South African countries believe that countries with their own problems, including poor law enforcement, should not impose policy on others.
Writing in Zimbabwe's The Herald, columnist Emanuel Corro said that it was time for South African nations to work in their "national interest" and refuse to go with CITES-related restrictions in the trade of ivory and rhino. Japan's international whaling commission can serve as a guide to the recent decision to leave the commission, he suggested.
O & # 39; Criodain, a WWF expert, warned against countries considering the view that "it is their right to trade and the consequences are other people's problems."
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