The World Animal Conference closed today in Geneva, Switzerland, with a number of agreements made to encourage wildlife conservation, including the restriction of elephant sales to circuses and zoos.
The commercial rules of numerous species, including as fish, giraffes, amphibians, and reptiles, that are endangered by overexploitation, fishing, and excessive hunting, were evaluated at this meeting.
One of the most notable was the restriction on the movement of live elephants outside their native distribution range; presently, they may only be deployed for conservation reasons that are supported by the Animals Committee and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The trafficking in live specimens has expanded dramatically in recent years; for example, between 1990 and 2017, 1,774 elephants were captured in the wild and brought to circuses, exhibition facilities, and zoos, mostly in the United States, Mexico, and China.
Many campaigners and celebrities, including Ricky Gervais and Judi Dench, signed a letter to the EU executive before the deal was reached in favour of the ban.
It would be “obscene for the EU to approve the capture of wild newborn elephants and consign these gorgeous leviathans to a life of captivity misery,” he said in the letter.
Despite the fact that it was a very contentious choice, 87 EU delegates voted in support of it. On the contrary, 29 people came out against it, while 25 people did not vote.
Audrey Delsink, the head of HSI’s African wildlife branch, said:
“Cites has made a historic choice for Africa’s elephants. While the lack of an unambiguous prohibition on the trafficking in live elephants is disheartening, the additional language offers crucial independent supervision and examination.”
On the other hand, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) also decided to add 18 more species of sharks to the list of species with trade restrictions, such as short-finned mako sharks and short-finned mako sharks. The fin is long.