Mr John Scanlon, Secretary General CITES, Ms. Marciel Yeater, Chief, Legal Affairs & Trade Policy Unit, Ms Oliva Mafuti, Zimbabwe CITES Representative Management Authority, H.E. Mr. Francis Nhema, Minister of Environment and Tourism
UPDATE: 20 JANUARY 2013 7:00PM AUS CDT
Thanks to the incredible support of 15,000 people world-wide CITES has listened and they have their Chief Legal Officer investigating the permit process for the sale of the elephants.
Thanks to the pressure of this petition and the on-the-ground-negotiations of the ZNSPCA the 5 remaining elephants in Zimbabwe have been transported to a rehabilitation park in the Zimbabwe high veld.
An on the ground animal welfare organisation is working within China to secure better care for the elephants in the zoos there. This is a delicate situation. A worldwide call to China's CITES Management Authorities to
not issue any import permits
for live elephants will be mounted as a next step.
The fight continues to win a worldwide ban on the sale of wild caught elephants to zoos and circuses
Thank you everyone for your support, signatures and networking could not have done this without you. This battle for the 5 in Zimbabwe is won, but the overall campaign for the 3 in China and the sale of wild caught elephants is not over. Zimbabwe has indicated they will catch more calves to sell, so we have to be vigilant and continue to be ready to stop any move to do so.