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Tanzania Withdraws Application to Sell Ivory

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To the surprise and relief of many in the conservation community, news came last week that Tanzania withdrew its application to CITES to sell 100 tons of ivory.  As we reported several months ago, the application drew immediate controversy when the government submitted it in October.  Opponents pointed to evidence that such legal sales of ivory have historically provided a boost to the illegal market, and insisted that controls on the illegal trade are already far too weak in Tanzania.   The proposal was set to be discussed and decided upon during the Conference of Parties in Bangkok, Thailand in March of 2013.