Ban on sending wild elephants to zoos a step closer
A large majority of countries voted in Geneva to prohibit the transfer of elephants caught in the wild to so-called captive facilities—a practice animal protection groups have long described as "cruel".
SEE ALSO :Key forum fails to shield elephantsSpecifically, the countries voted to limit trade in live wild African elephants only to conservation in their natural habitats, effectively ending the practice of capturing elephants and sending them to zoos and entertainment venus around the world. While elephants in western, central and eastern Africa have long been listed among the species in need of most protection under CITES, and thus banned from all trade, some trade has been permitted in southern Africa, where elephant populations are healthier. Zimbabwe has for instance captured and exported more than 100 baby elephants to Chinese zoos since 2012, according to HSI. "The preliminary decision is a remarkable recognition that elephants don't belong in the entertainment industry," Cassandra Koenen, who heads the wildlife division at World Animal Protection, said in a statement. "It's a huge step in the right direction."
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