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August 04, 2020 - IOL

CITES report slates Zimbabwe for exporting live elephants in contravention of treaty

CITES report slates Zimbabwe for exporting live elephants in contravention of treaty
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Earlier this month, Niger and Burkino Faso presented CITES with a new report that detailed Zimbabwe’s gross violation of a COP18 resolution, by its capture and sale of 32 very young, not fully weaned elephants to China in October last year.

The report says that ‘by any reasonable metric, the conditions of the transfer and housing of the Zimbabwean elephants are demonstrably inhumane” and", the export of 32 live elephants by Zimbabwe in October 2019 not only contravened the will of the CITES Parties, it undermined the good faith and the spirit of the Convention “

Further harrowing details received of what has become of the elephants, include the pachyderms being trained as circus elephants by mahouts using cruel training methods.

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