The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, an international meeting of officials from 175 countries is getting very mixed reviews on decisions from its two-week meeting in Doha, Quatar. CITES established goals center on ensuring that international trade in wild animals and plants do not threaten their survival.
The group stepped up to protect elephants against proposals from Tanzania and Zambia to relax trade ivory stockpiles. Conservationists applaud this decision as one that can reduce the interest in ivory, diminish its illegal trade, and save the lives of elephants and humans who poach them.
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