EU action demanded on ivory trade

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said it welcomes the propositions made by the European Commission regarding new measures to ban ivory trade.

The Commission has published draft measures that would effectively ban the trade in ivory in the European Union (EU) with limited exceptions.

Today’s announcement is an encouraging step forward, especially as it has been substantially modified following some of the feedback we provided last year,” said Eleonora Panella, Senior Campaign at IFAW.

The proposal has been submitted for public feedback in a consulation lasting until 25 February, in which IFAW will participate and invite all interested citizens to show support to this proposal.

IFAW has been advocating for restrictions on ivory trade in Europe for the past decade.

Already, in May 2018, more than 90 Members of the European Parliament called for a total ban on ivory trade and imports in the EU, and a first public consultation released by the European Commission showed that more than 90pc of the 90,000 respondents were in support of an EU ban on ivory trade.

Over the past few years, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium passed some restrictions on ivory trade but this is not enough for sustainable impact.

The existence of legal domestic ivory markets in the EU and elsewhere provides cover for criminals to launder illegal ivory from poached elephants. It is time for the EU to step up, to do the right thing and close the EU domestic ivory market once and for all,” Panella concluded.


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