Elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade on the rise

Elephants

Poaching and illegal trading in elephant ivory are on the rise.

That's according to a recent report by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES.

The CITES programme for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) says last year saw the highest levels of elephant poaching since 2002.

Central Africa is of particular concern, the report notes, because of the high levels of poverty and poor governance.

Consumption patterns in China are also among the main causes. They are driving the demand for contraband ivory, says CITES Enforcement Officer, John Sellar.

"There appears to be an increased demand amongst the more wealthy citizens of China to own that type of product. Having said that… and there are some clear indicators that the organized crime networks and groups are involved in this."

Three hundred delegates and civil society experts from around the world are in Geneva for a week long meeting to tighten ivory trade controls in Africa and Asia.

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