UK Govt called on to honour ivory ban manifesto pledge

Elephants drinking water at the Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Elephants drinking water at the Chobe National Park, Botswana (c) EIA

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Today, 26 organisations from the UK and around the world have petitioned UK Prime Minister David Cameron requesting that his Government honours its pledge to ban ivory trade in the UK.

The promised was made in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto in 2010 and reiterated in its 2015 manifesto.

The world continues to look to the UK Government to fulfil its commitment to end all ivory trade, particularly as actions are increasingly being taken around the world to close domestic ivory markets – including by China and the United States, which have both declared their commitment to work together towards near total closure of their domestic ivory markets.

Now is the time for the UK Government to act decisively and end the ivory trade in the UK.

Read the collective letter to PM David Cameron here.