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17 March 2010

(Doha)— Support for Tanzania’s proposal to weaken international protection for African elephants and trade internationally in nearly 90 tonnes of ivory appears to be evaporating at the CITES meeting in Doha, Qatar this week. In breaking news from the conference hall, the CITES Secretariat has issued a statement opposing the Tanzania proposal.

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16 March 2010

Further evidence of increased poaching throughout Central Africa, in particular in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with new data showing a steep increase since 2006 and widespread involvement of the military.

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16 March 2010

Will the lives of thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of Africa’s beleaguered elephants be put at risk because of the United Kingdom’s lack of leadership? It could all be down to the decision that the representatives of the United Kingdom make in the next few days.

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15 March 2010

In an extraordinary, unprecedented, and quite undiplomatic start to CITES CoP 15, a delegate from Botswana moved during plenary to have Proposal 6 removed from the Agenda.

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15 March 2010

An article in the 12 March 2010 issue of Science journal by 27 eminent elephant conservationists warns of the grave danger posed to elephant populations throughout Africa should the proposed sales of ivory be approved. 

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12 March 2010

An international team of 27 conservationists, writing in the March 12 edition of Science, says allowing the proposed sale of stockpiled ivory by Zambia and Tanzania could lead to increased slaughter of elephants for their ivory throughout Africa.

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11 March 2010

Born Free has just heard that the IUCN1 Red List status for the African Elephant has been corrected from 'Near Threatened' to 'Vulnerable' as of midnight 10 March 2010.  Other corrections made are to the status of the Central African sub-population, now 'Endangered' (previously 'Data Deficient') and that of West Africa now 'Vulnerable' (previously 'Near Threatened').

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10 March 2010

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe — Ivory poached in Zimbabwe finds a ready market in Botswana, according to the police.

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25 February 2010

Breaking news 25/02/10…Thai customs officials have seized two tonnes of elephant tusks hidden in pallets in Bangkok yesterday. Further evidence that the prospect of additional legal trade in ivory is fuelling an increase in illegal trafficking.

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18 February 2010

Listen to a recording featuring Will Travers, Born Free’s CEO, and leading conservationist and elephant expert, Ian Redmond OBE, discussing the issue of ivory and the upcoming CITES meeting.

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