Elephant Family praises decision against ivory sale, but warns of greater threats to Asian elephants.
Elephant Family praises the decision taken to turn down requests from the Tanzanian and Zambian governments for a one-off legal sale of stockpiled ivory that has resulted from confiscations or natural deaths. The decision was taken at the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Qatar amid fears that such a sale would exacerbate poaching and the trade in illegal ivory. While almost all of the debate has centred on the African elephant, ivory poaching is an increasingly significant threat to Asian elephants, particularly as a great deal of ivory is destined for Asian markets where there is growing demand for it. However, for Asian elephants the Elephant Family warns that this threat is far outweighed by the threats of habitat loss and persecution.