Will CITES fail Africa for the 44th year?

Elephants from Chobe National Park PIC. KEOAGILE BONANG
Elephants from Chobe National Park PIC. KEOAGILE BONANG

JOHANNESBURG: Divisions amongst Africans countries were signed and sealed at the Berlin Conference in 1884-1885 that partitioned Africa into colonies under different Western European Governments control. The Berlin Conference regulated European colonisation and trade in Africa. Even in cases where Africans try to unite Western powers always want to divide them, in order to exploit them.

Today, Africa has never recovered from such divisions even in the area of wildlife conservation and trade in its wildlife products such as ivory and rhino horns.

African countries are made to oppose one another for no good reason. Therefore, it is unsurprising that Western animal rights groups and some Western countries continue to successfully influence West, North and East African countries to oppose Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries’ bid to trade in ivory and rhino horn – even to hunt elephants and rhinos.

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