Ivory to get DNA tracking tests
- Published: 13 Mar 2013 at 19.58
- Online news:
Countries making large seizures of illegal ivory will be required to conduct DNA tests to determine the origin under new anti-trafficking measures adopted at the Cites conference on Wednesday.
The agreement at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) follows a surge in poaching of the African elephant to the highest levels since cross-border ivory trading was banned in 1989.
Conservationists say origin, transit and consumer countries are all struggling to tackle criminal gangs involved in the lucrative trade.
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