CITES stops short of outright ban on zoo trade in wild African elephants

An international conference on wildlife trade has agreed to impose a near-total ban on snatching African elephants from the wild to send them to zoos and other captive facilities around the world.

Following days of contentious debate in Geneva, a majority of the member nations to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) on Tuesday approved the new restrictions, which stop short of completely barring the trade in African elephants captured in their habitats.

The United States voted against it, as did Zimbabwe, a top exporter of wild African elephants to overseas zoos.


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