Thank you for your email regarding the UK Ivory trade.
I am absolutely delighted that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Theresa Coffey MP, has confirmed the Governments plans to eradicate the UK Ivory Trade. Her closing comments are of particular interest:
“To clarify, the manifesto commitment is that we will press for a total ban on ivory sales. That means acting on our domestic ivory trade and pressing for truly global and concerted action across all areas necessary to success. That means ensuring more effective enforcement, strengthening criminal justice, tackling the demand that is driving poaching, and supporting communities that are impacted by the effects of poaching. In all those areas, the Government are acting and showing true global leadership. I will ensure that, on my watch, we press on with such measures and continue to act so future generations can enjoy these majestic creatures roaming wild.”
You can read the full debate if you follow this link: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-12-08/debates/F3FDF9D0-FA62-4135-9D94-ECEBA5C246E1/BackbenchBusiness
The Government has allocated an additional £13 million to tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) through a number of new initiatives to reduce demand, strengthen enforcement and develop sustainable livelihoods for communities affected by IWT.
Thank you once again for contacting me, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you require any further information.
Derek Thomas MP