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Zoo trade in baby elephants banned internationally

August 28, 2019by Kelvin M. Ashong0

Ban on taking African baby elephants from the wild and selling them to zoos has been approved during a meeting in Geneva. European Union (EU) decided to support the ban late in the day after careful considerations. Despite concerns of the move passed by 87 to 29 votes. However, Zimbabwe, main exporter voted against the decision likewise the United States of America.

Botswana and Zimbabwe which have very healthy elephant populations than other African countries were given the permit to export elephants to accepted destinations. Both countries under the rule have captured and exported more than 100 baby elephants to Chinese zoos since 2012 according to Humane Society International.

Now elephants can only be taken from the wild and placed in “captive facilities” elsewhere in the world under exceptional circumstances, and subject to approval by a committee of Cites members.

The ban was approved by committee last week, but it was far from certain to pass a new vote at the end of the two-week conference. Zimbabwe had campaigned fiercely against the move, and the EU had initially opposed it because of concerns over genetic variation in zoos around the world. But now the EU is fully in support of the move.



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