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Elephants Are Given Reprieve at UN Conference

The Hague, The Netherlands

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe agreed at a United Nations meeting in The Hague today not to propose additional ivory trade from their countries for at least nine years, or 2016 at the earliest. The agreement was reached at a meeting of the 171 members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which will conclude tomorrow.
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African elephants get 9-year reprieve

mongabay.com
June 14, 2007

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Let Elephants Keep Their Ivory—a Video Message for the CITES Convention

The CITES convention is currently being held in The Hague, Netherlands. Under discussion are African Elephants and the trade of stockpiled ivory. As a result from a previous sale of stockpiled ivory, there’s been an increase in poaching, despite elephants being on the endangered list.

Lelystad, Netherlands (PRWEB) June 8, 2007—The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is currently convening in The Hague, the Netherlands. On the agenda, among other topics being discussed in the next two weeks, are African elephants—again. (read complete article)

South Africa: Plan to Train Elephants for Safaris Under Fire From Animal Lover

Cape Argus (Cape Town)
7 May 2007
John Yeld

Removing elephants from the wild and breaking them in for use as safari animals for tourists is unacceptable, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism was told.

This message was sent by animal lovers ahead of last Friday’s deadline for public comment on the department’s draft “Norms and standards for elephant management in SA”.
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Jumbo E-prayers for Elephants

10/05/2007
Mariska Spoormaker, Die Burger

Port Elizabeth—A prayer group for elephants, which has a link to the internet, are on their knees as South Africa considers the possibility of selective culling. The prayer circle, known as E-posse, spans several continents via an internet link which leads to Join the Elephant Prayer Circle.

Anna Breytenbach, one of the few animal communicators in South Africa, is throwing her full weight behind it. (read complete article)

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