Ivory Trade Ban

The WWF estimate that around 55 African elephants are needlessly slaughtered each day by poachers in order to demand for ivory – that’s one elephant every twenty five minutes.This is a truly shocking statistic and more must be done to stop poachers and prevent the trade in ivory before elephants are pushed to the brink of extinction.

However, there is also increasing evidence that the UK’s legal ivory market has been used as cover for the illegal trade in ivory so this morning I asked the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, whether the UK Government would consider an all out ban on the ivory trade in the UK.

The Foreign Secretary said the UK Government are committed to ending the sale of ivory in this country and that they will be pursuing an all out ban on ivory sales.

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