Conservationists call on regulators to reject Tanzania ivory sale | Connect Asia

Conservationists call on regulators to reject Tanzania ivory sale

Conservationists call on regulators to reject Tanzania ivory sale

Updated 10 October 2012, 15:34 AEST

Conservation campaigners are calling on regulators to reject a proposed sale of Tanzanian ivory, which will most likely end up in the markets of Asia.

The African nation of Tanzania has applied for a one-off sale of 101 tonnes of ivory, and wants to reclassify its elephants in order to allow trophy hunting, as well as trade in tusks, hides feet and live animals.

The proposal has been put to the Convention of Trade in Endangered Species - CITES - which regulates the ivory trade.

But environmentalists say the sale would only encourage poaching and stimulate fresh demand on the Asian market.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Mary Rice, Environmental Investigation Agency

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