I have today announced plans for a ban on sales of modern day ivory – putting UK rules on ivory sales among the toughest in the world. The UK already has a strong record as a global leader in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade and I’m determined to do all we can to bring an end to poaching and ivory trafficking.
Elephants are some of our world’s most iconic animals and it will take truly global action to stop the insidious criminals who selfishly prosper from the ivory trade. This ban will send the message that the ivory trade is a thing of the past. I hope it increases pressure on other nations to implement bans and save our elephants before they disappear.
We will consult on plans for the ban early next year, seeking views from conservationists, traders and other relevant parties to ensure clear rules and guidance for those operating within the law, while cracking down on illegal sales.