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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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13 February 2010

Will the UK Government have Elephant Blood on its Hands?

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05 February 2010

In Cameroon, Central Africa, elephants are in crisis. Criminal gangs of poachers are reported to be increasingly targeting elephants within National Parks and other protected areas. Dja National Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site and important haven for forest elephants, is just one of those vulnerable areas now being targeted.

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04 February 2010

Under pressure, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Rt Hon Hilary Benn, today declared that the “….the UK will vote against the proposals from Tanzania and Zambia to sell ivory stocks, and we would urge other countries to vote against such a sale” at the forthcoming CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Conference in Doha, Qatar in March.

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