Victory for elephants with rejection of Zambian proposal at CITES

Monday, March 22, 2010
Doha, Qatar
Parties voted against the downlisting of Zambian elephants today at CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Zambia amended its proposal to remove the request for a one-off sale of ivory, seeking only the downlisting of elephants from Appendix I to Appendix II.

“This is a real victory for elephants,” said Jason Bell-Leask, Director IFAW Southern Africa. “CITES Parties voted in favour of conservation, following the same logic applied to the Tanzanian proposal for a one-off sale and downlisting which was rejected earlier today.”

“Common sense and sound conservation principles have prevailed today. We can only hope that Parties will also support the proposal from Congo, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Rwanda and Sierra Leone which calls for an amendment to the nine-year moratorium agreed at the last Conference of the Parties to apply to all African Range States.

“The Congo proposal will give all African range states the time they desperately need to put in place measures that will determine the true impact that these ivory-trade proposals have at CITES.”

Vote result:
Support: 55
Against: 36
Abstain: 40

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