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  Fears for elephants after ivory decision
Updated 13 November 2002, 08.40
Elephants are threatened by the ivory trade
Animal rights campaigners are furious after a ban on selling elephant tusks has been lifted after 13 years.

The United Nations has agreed to allow the African country of Botswana to have a one-off sale of tusks, called ivory, to get rid of a stockpile of the animal parts.

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Similar sales have also been allowed in Namibia and South Africa.

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Orphaned elephants whose parents have been killed for their tusks
But animal rights campaigners are angry. They say it could spell disaster for elephants as it might spark a new interest in ivory and large-scale poaching could start again.

Selling ivory was banned 13 years ago because so many elephants were being killed for their tusks.

There are now less than half the number of elephants in the wild than there were 20 years ago.

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