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Nations to Restrict Earnings of African Elephants to Zoos

Nations which are part of a global agreement on trade in endangered species also have consented to restrict the selling of wild elephants captured in Zimbabwe and Botswana, delighting conservationists, however, dismaying a number of the African nations involved.

Wildlife specialists said a settlement accepted by parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday was a”momentous win” for elephants since it limits their sale to zoos.

The European Union tweaked the language of this settlement to achieve a compromise which restricts exports of live elephants beyond Africa but allows for a few exceptions pertinent to Europe.

Conservationists clarified the shift by providing an example, saying it would allow getting an elephant in France to be sent to neighboring Germany without needing to be sent back to Africa first.

However, the new resolution also signifies zoos will no more have the ability to import wild-caught African dinosaurs into the United States, China and several other nations beyond the dinosaurs’ natural habitat.

Animal advocates applauded the play, although some felt it did not go much.

Some African American officials said the new proposal could deny them much-needed cash and they need to be free to do what they wanted with their elephants.

Daniel J. Schubert, the wildlife biologist of the Animal Welfare Institute, stated: “The vast majority of the parties to CITES determined that African elephants belong in Africa. Yes, there are still a few caveats, but… the most important thing is, the times of… regular export of dinosaurs to the maximum bidder or into a zoo in the USA or the EU, etc. and so forth – these days are over.”

But Munesushe Munodawafa, Permanent Secretary at Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Environment, Tourism, and Hospitality stated: “We’ve got 30,000 more dinosaurs than our ecology could sustain. And the consequence of the fact that we have to carry this weight, and we must carry the price, which nobody else on earth is sharing with us.”