New Delhi: In a quest to curb the growing lust for ivory trade worldwide, a major conservation summit voted in favor of a resolution that calls for a ban on domestic trade in ivory.
After an intense debate- including opposition from countries like Japan and South Africa- the last and the most crucial motion 007 was adopted on the final day of the conference.
A handful of countries like Japan, Namibia and South Africa objected the proposal of the plan and insisted that domestic ivory market should be left open as long as they are tightly regulated by their respective government.
The decision to close domestic elephants ivory markets across the globe is a new ray of hope for saving Africa's fragile elephant population. This strong step will also send a clear message to the wildlife traffickers that the world will no longer support their criminal activities.
About 9,000 dignitaries from around the world gathered for a 10-day meeting of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii earlier this week. This is the first time the conference was organized in United States.