France blocks importation of Zim baby elephants, pushes for Eu-wide ban
ZIMBABWE CONSERVATION TASKFORCE: UPDATE ON EXPORT OF ELEPHANTS ISSUED BY CHAIRMAN JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ,
30th January 2015
Further to our last report where we stated that we were refused police clearance to have our demonstration on the 27th January, our ZCTF colleague Kennesias Dambakurima went to deliver some documents on Wednesday. The documents consisted of various letters written by world-renown conservationists as well as our petition.
He and some reporters tried to deliver them to the Minister of Environment but they were chased out and almost beaten up. The secretary stated that he was not interested in any letters or documents. He then tried to deliver them to the Permanent Secretary but he also refused to accept them.
Eventually, he approached the Minister of Tourism and his secretary accepted them. Yesterday (Thursday) I went with Kenny to deliver the documents to the various opposition parties who accepted them. The President of MDC United, Mrs Holland tabled the problem in parliament to be debated next week.
The Minister of Ecology in France had a meeting with NGOs and conservationists and they decided that no further animals will be imported into France from Zimbabwe along with a vow to promote a European Union-wide ban. We would like to sincerely thank the minister for taking this stance.
There are 36 elephants held captive and 27 of these and two baby lions have been vetted and found to be in good physical and medical condition to be exported to China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The animals are still being held in three separate bomas at the Mtshibi Camp Cantonment area inside Hwange National Park awaiting export on an unknown date.
Source: ZCTF press release/ Additional information by AEP