Nam to protest CITES on elephant, giraffe and rhino trade

BOTSWANA, Namibia and Zimbabwe will be submitting protest documents that will allow them to legally trade in elephants, rhinos and giraffes. The three countries are declaring themselves independent of the controls exercised by the Geneva-based UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). They are joined in their protest by another five unnamed SADC countries whose proposals to trade in live wildlife and wildlife products were also rejected at the tri-annual CITES meeting in August. These positions, known as “reservations”, will be made known to CITES by 26 November and signify acceptance of the Final Draft Report released at the SADC meeting of Ministers of the Environment on 25 October. The SADC countries’ move is also in protest to the first-ever listing of “Threatened” in regards to the thriving giraffe populations of Southern Africa.