While Zimbabweans would want CITES to lift ban on ivory trade, they however cannot trust the thoroughly corrupt ruling elite to manage the possible windfall for the benefit of ordinary citizens and the wildlife.
Customs officials seized tusks weighing in at 7,200 kg which probably came from 720 elephants that had been poached. The tusks were hidden underneath frozen fish shipped in a container from Malaysia.
Namibia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland failed to convince a UN body to let them legally sell existing stockpiles of ivory and rhino horn to fund conservation efforts.
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