Elephants may be doomed to extinction with EU opposition to global ivory ban
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Once the existing global embargo on ivory sales expires in 2017, elephants may be doomed to extinction, according to a statement by officials from 29 African states. The European Union published a position paper on July 1 that outlines its opposition to a proposed global ban on the ivory trade, preferring instead to allow individual nations to manage their own elephant populations. Because of the complex international network of ivory trafficking, wildlife officials feel strongly that elephant populations...