Closure of UK ivory market to be debated in Parliament

  • January 18, 2017

Thanks to the collective efforts of UK citizens who signed a petition to close the UK ivory market, the issue will be debated in Parliament on Monday February 6.

“This is a hugely positive step in pushing the Government to honour their pledge to shut down the UK’s domestic ivory market,” says DSWF CEO, Oliver Smith. “30,000 African elephants are slaughtered a year for their tusks yet the Government has still not committed to a full ban on the trade. We hope that the debate, scheduled for February 6 will help turn this pledge into positive action for the survival of Africa’s elephants in a timely manner.”

From 2009 to 2014, 40% of UK customs seizures were ivory items. Many African nations, the US and even China have committed to closing the markets. There are only around 450,000 African elephants left, in another six years there could be almost half this amount if governments continue to turn a blind eye; the UK are putting elephants at risk from extinction. The UK needs to set an example that the only value of tusks is to an elephant.

The debate is schedule for Monday February 6 and you will be able to watch it live online at: https://parliamentlive.tv/Commons