On the last day of the convention, Elephant Action League, together with other conservation and welfare organisations, issued a statement saying that we are outraged by what we consider the failure of CITES to stop the elephant poaching.
We demand a much tougher approach taken, especially with respect to China.
The only way to stop the killing and to save the world’s elephants for future generations is an immediate, comprehensive, and indefinite ban on international and domestic ivory trade.
The NGOs that issued the statement are:
Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF-United Kingdom), Elephant Action League (United States), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA-United Kingdom), Fondation Franz Weber (FFW-Switzerland), International Ranger Federation (Australia), Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA-Cameroon), Pro Wildlife (Germany), Robin des Bois (France), Youth for Conservation (Kenya).
Photo: Lisa Marika Jokivirta
Elephants in South Luangwa, Zambia, August 2009