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Have your say on the ivory trade in Europe!

Posted: 17 November 2017. Updated: 17 November 2017

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The European Commission has called on the public to participate in a consultation to gather views on the ivory trade within the European Union and what actions should be taken against the illegal ivory trade.

Global elephant populations are rapidly declining, with 20,000-30,000 elephants killed every year. Meanwhile, the ivory trade has grown considerably, with consumer demand fuelling both the legal and illegal trades. The EU is the single largest exporter of ivory items, acting as a main transit route for ivory coming out of Africa, eventually destined for the Asian markets. The EU is lagging behind other countries in terms of restricting the trade of ivory, and this could undermine international developments in banning ivory trade, continuing to stoke global demand, and putting even more pressure on elephant populations.

ADI will be submitting a full response to the consultation, but the elephants need you to speak up for them too and before Friday 8th December!

How to take part

The online consultation can be found here and you can save a draft of your response until you are ready to submit. It will take about 10 minutes to complete.

AGREEMENT ON PERSONAL DATA: You will need to indicate whether you are happy for your responses to be published with or without your details and to be contacted.

SECTION A: You should include your personal information.

SECTIONS B AND C: These are aimed at the expert level, containing questions for those who are involved in or study the ivory trade and elephant populations. If you are interested in answering these questions, please refer to the guidelines provided by Eurogroup for Animals and other organisations available here else proceed to Section D and respond as follows.

SECTION D:

Question 1 Response: In the table, please select the following options:

Better enforcement of the existing EU regulations and guidelines for the trade in ivory
Response: This should be pursued together with other priority actions

Educating and raising awareness on the existing EU regulations and guidelines among ivory traders/customers to promote legal trade
Response: This should not be a priority

Banning all ivory trade to, from, and within the EU
Response: This should be the main Priority Action

Banning raw ivory trade to, from and within the EU
Response: This should be pursued together with other priority actions

Banning trade in ivory within the EU, with well-justified exemptions
Response: This should be pursued together with other priority actions

Banning (re-)export of ivory from the EU, with well-justified exemptions
Response: This should be pursued together with other priority actions

Question 2 Response: Option 5: Strongly disagree

Question 3 Response: Strongly disagree

Question 4 Response: Strongly agree

Question 5 Response: YES. The EU should ban all ivory trade.

Question 6 Response: None of the above all ivory items should be restricted

Question 7 Response: Skip to Question 8, unless you feel able to respond using evidence

Question 8 Response: YES. The EU should ban all ivory trade.

Question 9 Response: None of the above all ivory items should be restricted

Question 10 Response: None of the above all ivory items should be restricted

Question 11 Response: Substantial positive impact

Question 12 Response: Substantial positive impact

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