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Ivory Ban Upheld

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Science  02 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5974, pp. 26
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5974.26-b

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One of the biggest successes of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was the 1989 trade ban on ivory from African elephants, which quickly reduced poaching. Last November, Tanzania and Zambia proposed selling elephant ivory. A majority of CITES delegates at last week's meeting in Doha rejected both proposals.