When the Ivory Act 2018 passed into UK law on 20 December 2018 it was a success for all those who had pushed for the new law for many years – conservation NGOs, African governments, wildlife rangers on the front line of the fight against poaching (sometimes paying the ultimate price), influential politicians in all parties and, crucially, the public..
I want to let you know that your call to tackle the poaching of wild elephants was heard. We are making progress. Thank you so much. We wouldn’t have made this progress without all of you who donated and urged your MPs to speak at yesterday’s debate to shut the UK ivory market
At the end of 2016, elephants made headlines as China announced a timeframe for closing its domestic ivory market – long held by many conservationists as the single biggest step that could be taken to end the slaughter of elephants. It is now imperative the ban be strongly enforced and any potential loopholes closed