Briefing Document for the 61st Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee: Elephants

EIA briefing to CITES Standing Committee arguing that one-off sales of stockpiled ivory have actually stimulated the illegal black market trade and poaching, rather than stem them.

Among our recommendations, we urge the Standing Committee to withdraw China’s status as an ivory trading partner with immediate effect.

We also urge the Standing Committee to ensure there is an unambiguous understanding of the impacts of the previous one-off sales before any decision-making mechanism is discussed and agreed