46 countries have given people a reason to be proud of the global community. They voted to end the cruel capture of wild (usually young) African elephants for exportation to foreign zoos and circuses.
The EU, however, didn’t vote on the issue at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) tri-annual conference. Its absence was down to a technicality. But the bloc – which votes as a collective based on the majority preference chosen by its member states – is likely to vote on the issue at an upcoming session where the vote will ratified. Numerous NGOs and high profile figures like Judi Dench and Simon Pegg believe the EU intends to vote against the plan, which could be its downfall.
What a dismal final act as an EU member it would be if the UK chooses to support the continued torture of baby elephants who we rip from their families for ‘entertainment’.