Contrary to what the governments of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe have suggested ahead of the 18th Conference of the Parties to CITES, poaching and ivory trafficking continue to pose a very real threat to elephant populations in Southern Africa.
The UK Government has published its Bill on the ivory trade today, only seven weeks after announcing the results of its consultation on the issue. The Bill will now start its progress through Parliament and we will be encouraging MPs to give it their full support so it can become law as soon as possible
We strongly welcome today’s announcement by the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, of a comprehensive ban on the ivory trade in the UK. The huge response to the Government’s consultation on its proposals demonstrated how important it is to the British public