Wildlife Regulator Imposes Near-Total Ban on Elephant Exports

In a decision conservationists have hailed as "momentous", the global wildlife trade regulator has agreed to impose a near-total ban on sending African elephants captured from the wild to zoos. States party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species approved the measure in Geneva on Tuesday. Al Jazeera reports that Zimbabwe opposed the move but with with 87 in favour, 29 against and 25 abstaining, the measure secured the two-thirds majority needed to pass.

African elephants at the Hapoor water hole in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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