IFAW Amending Decision 14.77
IFAW fully supports the assertion in the proposal by Benin et al. that it is the fundamental responsibility of the Conference of the Parties to ensure that any eventual decision to allow ivory trade in the future in no way stimulates, encourages, causes or provokes elephant poaching or illegal ivory trade. Indeed an essential element of any decision by the Parties to allow trade in a CITES-listed species is a prior, affirmative determination that the trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild. Trade, including
possibly legal trade, in ivory is having extreme detrimental impacts on elephants in the wild.