This file photo taken on February 20, 2014 shows a stockpile of ivory ready to be stored after cataloging at the Chadian Zakouma National Park ahead of a ceremony scheduled where over a ton of ivory from Chad will be burned. / AFP / MARCO LONGARI
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The global conference that governs wildlife trade voted Monday against proposals by Namibia and Zimbabwe to be allowed to sell their ivory internationally, in a move welcomed by many conservationists.In the two secret ballots, the proposals by Namibia and Zimbabwe were heavily defeated.Illegal trade in wildlife is valued at around $20 billion (18 billion euros) a year, according to CITES.The CITES treaty, signed by 182 countries and the European Union, protects about 5,600 animal and 30,000 plant species from over-exploitation through commercial trade.
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