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Unchanged poaching levels reveal desperate need for more action

Posted: 8 April 2015. Updated: 8 April 2015

The latest figures by the CITES programme for Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) have revealed that poaching rates remain largely unchanged with African elephant populations continuing to “face an immediate threat to their survival” . Twenty two countries have been heavily implicated in the trade, with eight being of “primary concern” and 19 with action plans in place to measure the effectiveness and progress on efforts to combat the trade. As the statistics show, more needs to be done to stop the slaughter and protect elephant populations.

A one-year ban on the import of ivory was recently announced by China.

In a joint letter to its president, animal conservation and protection groups, including ADI, politicians and celebrities call on China to end to its domestic ivory trade. A response from the Chinese Embassy in London stated that the government “attaches great importance to protecting elephants, and China has worked closely with the international community to resolutely fight the illegal ivory trade.” It continued that “Legal ivory processing in China is to preserve traditional ivory carving arts and crafts. The processing scale is limited with the toughest regulatory and monitoring measures applied”.

Meanwhile, the illegal and legal trade in ivory in China continues to grow, with the wholesale price for raw elephant tusks tripling from 2010 to 2014.

Only an end to the trade in ivory will stop the slaughter and ADI is calling on the global community to take action. In Europe, together with 40 other organizations, we have called for the export of raw ivory to be suspended and urge other countries around the world to enforce similar measures.

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