African coalition urges EU to block new ivory sales

Fri, 2010-01-29 21:17 by Hans · Forum/category: – 26 January 2010, 11:01 CET

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(BRUSSELS) - African nations on Monday urged European governments to resist calls for a new round of legal ivory sales and protect the world's elephant population.

Representatives of the 17-country Coalition for the African Elephant came to Brussels seeking support after Tanzania and Zambia each requested fresh authorisations from international regulators.

"We are asking the European Union to take a clear stance in support of a nine-year moratorium adopted in 2007 by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)," Kenyan Forest and Fauna Minister Noah Wekesa told journalists.

Experts say some 38,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks -- out of total numbers of perhaps half a million. …

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