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Fury as Cites lets Zim sell 32 unweaned elephants to ‘cruel’ Chinese circus

Official from world wildlife body endorsed the illegal sale. By the time she had second thoughts, it was too late

Sarah Hudleston

In July, Niger and Burkina Faso accused Zimbabwe of gross violations of a wildlife resolution when it captured and sold 32 young, not fully weaned, elephants to China in October 2019.

The countries made the allegations in a report to Cites (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), saying SA’s northern neighbour violated a groundbreaking resolution from the Congress of the Parties 18 (CoP18) in August 2019.

The report says “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”...

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