12 Oct '17, 1pm

Ivory is out in the UK, as government moves to shutter legal trade

Ivory is out in the UK, as government moves to shutter legal trade

The British government began a 12-week consultation period on Oct. 6 to sort out the details for a near-total ban on its domestic ivory trade. Conservation groups have long worried that even a legal trade can mask the illicit movement of ivory and stimulate further demand for ivory from poached elephants. The conservation groups WCS and Stop Ivory applauded the announcement and pledged to work with the government to put the ban in place. The UK government has announced that it will shut down the legal ivory trade within its borders. “The decline in the elephant population fueled by poaching for ivory shames our generation,” UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove said in a statement . “The need for radical and robust action to protect one of the world’s most iconic and treasured species is beyond dispute.” Growing evidence has shown that even a legal trade in ivory can mask ...

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