Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin calls for total ban on UK ivory trade

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling on Teresa May to impose a total ban on the ivory trade in the UK after a pledge to do so was dropped from the Tories 2017 manifesto.

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The number of elephants has crashed worldwide, with up to 50,000 elephants killed at the hands of poachers every year in Africa and Asia, the equivalent of one every fifteen minutes.

The market for ivory is fuelled by a demand for legal and illegal in China, yet if the rate of killing continues as it is, elephants could be extinct in many parts of the wild within 15 years. 

The UK currently allows antique ivory products made before 1947 to be traded, but campaigners say the fact you do not need a certificate creates a loophole which allows ivory from after this date to enter the market.

A campaign led by Action for Elephants and supported by Austin is calling for a total ban on the ivory trade in the UK to help stop the drop in elephant numbers across the world.

Ian Austin said:

“Clearly something needs to be done to stop the killing of tens and thousands of elephants at the hands of poachers each year.

“It’s wrong that the Tories dropped their pledge for a total ban in the UK so I’m backing the campaign by Action for Elephants to put it back on the agenda.

“I have called on China to end the illegal ivory trade there but much can be done here to help put a stop to it in the UK.”

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