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*CITES COP-19 to decide on trophy hunting next month

A jumbo debate
IN THE LIMELIGHT: Jumbos are an extremely divisive topic

What is it about the number 19?
Covid-19 has brought death and misery to the world, claiming over 6.5 million lives around the globe and 2, 790 souls in Botswana; now COP 19 appears to pose a threat to livelihoods in Southern Africa.

Set for the Panamanian capital, Panama City, next month, the CITES Conference of Parties (COP 19) is expected to order a blanket ban on elephant hunting and ivory imports.

In an agenda that is giving countries in Southern Africa sleepless nights, the conference is likely to move elephants from appendix II to appendix I of CITES regulations, which protect su...

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