Parties at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, have endorsed the closure of all domestic ivory markets worldwide. "The decision taken at CITES to adopt a resolution calling on nations to implement domestic bans makes it clear that the overwhelming majority of thoughtful and fully informed parties now concur with the need to totally end the trade in ivory in every corner of the globe," said Patrick Bergin, CEO of AWF.
Today, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora convened on Proposals 14, 15 and 16 focusing on the African elephant. AWF had called for the rejection of all three proposals in our position and rationale prior to the Convention.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) strongly agrees with recent statements by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, that nations have a moral duty to stop the ivory trade.
AWF believes Africa’s unique wildlife need to be viewed and managed in total – as a larger continental herd for Africa’s elephants and as one continental pride for Africa’s lions.
The World Conservation Congress voted earlier today in Hawaii to pass Motion 007 on the closure of domestic markets for elephant ivory.