Johannesburg - The Fondation Franz Weber (FFW) - an organisation that campaigns to protect nature and animals - on Friday said the ongoing CITES-CoP18 had missed a golden opportunity to protect elephants.
In a statement reacting to this weeks vote in which CITES turned down requests from African countries to resume the sale of ivory, the FFW singled out the European Union as being the "main culprit".
"The voting results that have decided the future of elephants have left a bitter aftertaste," said the FFW, which was founded in 1975 by the famous Swiss ecologist, Franz Weber.
"While the proposals calling for the reopening of the international ivory trade were overwhelmingly rejected, the Parties of the international Convention at CITES-CoP18 did not take the necessary steps to provide the full protection to African elephants.
"This went contrary to the view of the majority of African countries in which the species lives.