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Swaziland's bid to sell rhino horn fails at UN meeting

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 file photo, rhinos walk in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve in South Africa. The African kingdom of Swaziland, which has 73 rhinos, said Monday that it could use funds from the sale of its stockpile of 330 kilograms (727 pounds) of rhino horn to pay for wildlife protection. Delegates, however, rejected the Swazi proposal by a vote of 100 to 26, with 17 abstentions. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 file photo, rhinos walk in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve in South Africa. The African kingdom of Swaziland, which has 73 rhinos, said Monday that it could use funds from the sale of its stockpile of 330 kilograms (727 pounds) of rhino horn to pay for wildlife protection. Delegates, however, rejected the Swazi proposal by a vote of 100 to 26, with 17 abstentions. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)  (The Associated Press)

Delegates at a U.N. wildlife meeting in South Africa have voted against a proposal by Swaziland to let it sell a stockpile of rhino horn.

The decision Monday reflected concern that lifting an international ban on the sale of rhino horn could increase demand and leave rhinos even more vulnerable to poachers.

Swaziland argued that the ban has failed to curb poaching and that it could use funds from the sale of its stockpile of 330 kilograms (727 pounds) of horn to pay for the protection of the African kingdom's wildlife.

One hundred delegates voted against the Swazi proposal, and 26 voted for it. There were 17 abstentions.

The vote occurred at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES.