Trade Sanctions for Three Countries Over Illegal Ivory
The convention regulating the international wildlife trade voted last week to take concrete steps to combat the illegal ivory trade.
The international community has taken new steps to stem the illegal ivory trade, responsible for the killing of some 30,000 African elephants every year. Last week in Geneva the busiest ever meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the body that regulates the international trade in endangered species, concluded with concrete outcomes for combating the ivory trade.
Following a recommendation from the European Union, the Standing Committee voted to suspend trade of CITES-listed species with three countries—Nigeria, Angola, and Laos—for failing to submit reports on the progress of their national plans to combat the illegal ivory trade.
CITES lists thousands of at-risk animals and plants in one