Near-total ban imposed on sending wild African elephants to zoos
Cites, the global wildlife trade regulator, approves ‘momentous’ decision after EU adds loophole
The regulator of global wildlife trade has decided to impose a near-total ban on sending African elephants captured from the wild to zoos.
After a heated debate at a meeting of parties to the convention on international trade in endangered species (Cites) in Geneva on Tuesday, the member countries approved a proposed text after a revision by the European Union included some exceptions to the ban.
The decision met with strong opposition from Zimbabwe in particular, which along with Botswana is the main provider of wild African elephants to zoos outside the continent and tried in vain to block the vote.