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Southern African nations threaten to quit wildlife trade monitor

Southern African nations are threatening canada goose clearance to quit the global wildlife trade regulator after it refused to relax restrictions on trade in ivory and rhino horn and imposed a near total ban on zoos taking African elephants captured in the wild.

Ties soured during this week’s meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Geneva after Canada Goose Parka numerous proposals from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc were rejected.

Botswana, canada goose discount uk Namibia and Zimbabwe home to the world’s largest elephant population asked for the right to sell ivory acquired through natural deaths, confiscations and culling.

The demand was rejected by a majority canada goose uk outlet of 101 votes.

The https://www.buchholz-net.de CITES treaty, created more than four decades ago, regulates trade canada goose sale uk mens in some 36 000 species of plants and animals and provides mechanisms to help crack down on illegal trade and sanction countries that break the rules.

But members of the 16 nation SADC bloc accuse it canada goose outlet of turning a blind eye to Africa’s problems.

«The result has been failure to adopt progressive, equitable, inclusive and science based conservation strategies,» Tanzanian Environment Minister George Simbachawene told the Geneva meeting.

«Time has come to seriously reconsider whether there are any meaningful benefits from our membership to CITES,» he said.

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The ministers accused the regulatory body of cheap canada goose bomber bowing to animal rights groups and unreasonably prohibiting the trade of African wildlife and products rather than regulating it fairly.

«A great disappointment, shocking outcomes,» canada goose outlet website legit said Botswana’s Environment Minister canada goose outlet store locations Onkokame Kitso Mokaila.

«I think CITES has long passed its sell by date,» he said, adding SADC needs «something else. that speaks to the issues canada goose jacket outlet sale of today.»

No member has permanently quit the Convention since it was adopted in 1963.

The United Arab Emirates withdrew in 1988 but rejoined cheap canada goose in 1990.

The largely aid dependent SADC region hosts the lion’s canada goose gloves uk share of Africa’s wildlife.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa blasted the decision not to relax ivory laws saying the money estimated to have a combined value of $600 canada goose parka outlet uk million canada goose jacket uk could fund conservation projects.

‘Divide and rule Africa’

«They bar us from killing our animals for selling ivory, but they want us to protect them from being poached,» he protested.

Namibian Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta said CITES was «increasingly becoming a forum dominated by non state players with the agenda to divide and rule African states.»

«We are reconsidering our stay in cheap canada goose uk CITES,» Shifeta said, suggesting regional and national talks could take place this year.

CITES’ refusal to overturn the canada goose outlet factory international ban on ivory trade was, however, welcomed by conservationists.

Wildlife NGO Born Free’s head of policy, Mark Jones, told AFP that lifting it would have «seriously undermined» existing conservation efforts.

Poaching has decimated the world elephant population, which slumped in Africa from several million at the turn of the 19th century to around 400,000 in 2015.

Jones said devastated and vulnerable elephant populations would face «increased risk from poachers and traffickers who would not hesitate to use legal markets to launder illegal ivory into trade».

He urged SADC countries to continue their membership and work with the international community to find solutions for species threatened by trade and trafficking.

Competition for resources is fierce, as growing human and wildlife populations increasingly encroach on each other’s space.

Zimbabwean Parks spokesman Tinashe Farawo told AFP 15 people had died in animal attacks during the first eight months of this year.

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