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By: Adam Cruise

Pro-Ivory Trade Country’s Change of Heart Upends Elephant Debate

National Geographic

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA“There is a clear and growing global consensus that the ivory trade needs to be stopped if elephants are to be conserved effectively,” said Tshekedi Khama, Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism. He said that Botswana now supports giving all elephants the highest level of protection, which would effectively rule out the possibility of a legal trade in ivory.

Khama made the announcement this morning during the heated ivory trade debate at the conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the 183-government body that regulates the global wildlife trade. 

Read more: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/elephants-ivory-trade-botswana-cites/

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