100 CitesCoP 17 parties vote against legalising rhino horn trade

Majority of the parties at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) Conference of Parties (CoP17) have voted against the Swaziland proposal for permission to introduce a limited, regulated rhino horn trade.

According to a senior analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Julian Rademeyer, 100 parties voted no, 26 voted yes and there were 17 abstentions.

South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe came out strongly in support of the proposal made by Swaziland.

Swaziland was saying that the ban that has been place has not proved to be effective.. and their argument was that a regulated legal supply could break that.

Julian Rademeyer, seniour analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Rademyer says other parties argued that this will increase an already bad situation of higher poaching levels.

Cite CoP17 is running from 24 September until 5 October.

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