Today the EU Commission announced that the EU will ban raw ivory exports from July 1st.
The Commission will also grant new financial support of € 2.25 million to the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to help with the implementation of the decisions on international wildlife trade agreed at the CITES Conference of Parties in October 2016.
Catherine Bearder MEP was the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the EU’s Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking.
Mrs Bearder said:
“This pan EU raw ivory export ban is really important. It helps us get towards the ban on all ivory, raw or worked, that we and the elephants desperately need.
“The Chinese are banning all domestic trade in ivory, raw or worked by the end of this year.
“Wildlife trafficking, which includes the trade in ivory is a top four criminal activity and in the case of ivory is driving elephants to the brink of extinction.
“The EU Commission is taking action, governments must now treat it as a serious crime and provide more resources to fight the criminals who are responsible for such slaughter.”