Trade in giraffes to be regulated for first time

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Countries voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to regulate international trade in giraffes, an endangered species, and in their body parts, overcoming ...

GENEVA: Countries voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to regulate international trade in giraffes, an endangered species, and in their body parts, overcoming objections by southern African states and drawing praise from conservationists.

Some 106 parties to the UN-backed wildlife conservation treaty voted in favour of the motion, 21 voted against, with 7 abstentions, the chairman said, adding:"The proposal is accepted".Wildlife activists welcomed the move to list nine species of giraffes on CITES Appendix II that regulates trade. It came after the defeat of a motion by Botswana and other southern African countries to exclude their giraffe populations from any regulation.

"By placing strict trade limits on giraffe parts, the CITES Parties have recognised that uncontrolled trade could threaten giraffe survival," said Elly Pepper of the US-based group.

 

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