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European Commission applauded for ending raw ivory exports

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Humane Society International/Europe

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (hsi.org) - The European Commission announced that it would end the export of old raw ivory by 1st July 2017 following the adoption of a new EU guidance on ivory trade. From this date onwards, EU Member States will no longer be able to issue export documents for raw ivory, unless it is for scientific or educational purposes. Humane Society International/Europe’s executive director Joanna Swabe issued the following statement:

“We welcome the European Commission’s decision to halt exports of raw ivory. Legal export of significant numbers of ivory tusks and other ivory products from the EU to Asia created a serious risk of illegal ivory being laundered into the legal trade. EU should not be a facilitator of ivory trafficking and perpetuating ivory consumption. Global demand for ivory has led to a poaching epidemic and the severe decimation of elephant populations. Profits made from this cruel trade have also been used to fund organised crime and terrorism. While we applaud the European Commission for introducing this new guidance on ivory trade, Humane Society International/Europe believes that the EU must go much further and take action to end the trade in all ivory and worked ivory products irrespective of its age. With the imminent closure of China’s ivory market by the end of this year and steps taken recently to restrict ivory sales in the U.S., it is incumbent upon the remaining significant ivory markets, such as the EU, to step up to the plate and do their part. It is only with these stringent measures that the EU can help to put an end to ivory trafficking and secure the future survival of the elephant in the wild.”

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