Last week the international community catastrophically failed to agree measures to protect vanishing stocks of bluefin tuna. “Special interests” — that is, a love of a food despite it being endangered — prevailed. Today it appears we’re heading for a second failure, this time to protect elephants.
Despite being banned 20 years ago, the ivory trade is still thriving in some parts of the world and is, in fact, on the rise. In Kenya the number of elephants poached has increased fourfold in the past two years; in Sierra Leone the species is all but extinct.
Today in Doha, Qatar, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has the chance to vote on some big changes for protection of elephants.… Seguir leyendo »