– Press Release –

To whom this may concern,

I am writing to you on behalf of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and the 14 undersigned organisations to inform you of the links between the EU and Japan’s legal ivory markets and the poaching of elephants.

Tens of thousands of African elephants are slaughtered every year for their tusks.

From 2007 to 2014, 144,000 elephants were killed across Africa, an elephant every 15 minutes of every single day.

This is fuelled by the demand for ivory from across the world, including Japan, but also shockingly the EU.

Momentum is growing globally to close domestic ivory markets and end the trade in ivory. However, against overwhelming public opinion, the EU commission still refuse to ban the ivory trade within the EU.

A united group of 32 African countries, known as the African Elephant Coalition, are calling for the closure of all domestic ivory markets worldwide at an upcoming UN wildlife trade conference (CITES).

However, the EU is planning to reject steps to award African elephants the greatest possible protection, threatening their survival in the wild.

In light of this news, DSWFFondation Franz Weber (FFW) and the undersigned organisations have launched a new social media campaign calling on Ministers, MPs and MEPs to close ivory markets as a matter of urgency. Please see below:

DSWF and FFW will be attending the upcoming 18thConference of the Parties to CITES supporting the AEC.

DSWF and FFW will be attending the upcoming 18thConference of the Parties to CITES supporting the AEC.

Please help us share this message and call on the EU and world governments to close their ivory markets to protect elephants in the wild

For more information please click the link below or email Theo Bromfield:

Theo.bromfield@davidshepherd.org

https://davidshepherd.org/ivorymarkets