AFRICAN COUNTRIES CALL ON EU TO HELP STOP SLAUGHTER OF ELEPHANTS

A total of 29 African countries have called on the European Union (EU) to help stop the slaughter of elephants by following through on its commitments of totally banning the ivory trade.

The call comes as the EU holds a meeting to discuss its position on the matter.

The African countries, under the banner of African Elephant Coalition (AEC), have warned that elephants are experiencing catastrophic declines in numbers as a result of poaching.

A statement from the AEC, issued by Azizou El Hadj Issa, the former Minister of Agriculture of Benin and the President of the Council of Elders of the AEC, says that between 2010 and 2012, at least 100,000 elephants were killed in Africa for their ivory.

The African Elephant Coalition is also calling on the EU to extend its commitment towards implementing the African Elephant Action Plan, adopted by all African elephant range states in 2010.

Source: Nam News Network