Ivory talks 'fail to deliver'

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) ends in Bangkok today but there is disappointment, from some pressure groups, that an opportunity to halt the well-documented rise in poaching has been missed.

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WWF names 'demand countries' for ivory and rhino horn

Some 177 government and agencies have been trying to halt the trade in ivory and rhino horn in an international agreement known as CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). They meet again this weekend and are facing criticisms

Heather Sohl, chief adviser for species at WWF UK, said: "We have got the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Thailand that have been heavily implicated as a demand countries. Also China needs to step up and make sure its enforcement is stopping the illegal ivory trade that is going on there.

"For rhino horn we need to ensure Vietnam, which is the main consumer of illegal rhino horn is actually taking the measures to enforce controls. We need to see Mozambique, which has been highlighted as a transit country from South Africa, live up to commitments signed with CITES."

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