Namibia’s wild elephants destined for foreign zoos, say lobby groups
Government appears to flout CITES rules, saying it wants to reduce conflict with humans
Despite global opposition, Namibia is going ahead and selling 170 wild elephants and the buyer will be announced once the sale is finalised, says the country’s environmental ministry.
By going ahead with the sale, Namibia is flouting CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) regulations. CITES is the international body charged with regulating wildlife trade and has ruled that elephants must not be exported beyond their natural and historical range states. ..