The European Commission has called on citizens, organisations and other stakeholders to participate in an online consultation to gather information and views on the ivory trade in the EU and the actions that the EU should take against ivory trafficking. The deadline to complete the consultation is Friday 8th December 2017.
Elephants are facing their worst crisis in decades due to poaching for their ivory. African savannah elephants have been decimated by one third in seven years, while 65 percent of the forest elephant populations have been wiped out largely by poachers. At least 20,000 African elephants continue to be killed each year. The ivory trade funds transnational organised crime, costs the lives of rangers dedicated to protecting wildlife, and is damaging communities and the economies of developing countries.
Across Europe, ivory continues to be traded on-line, in auction house and markets. Many EU Member States continue to permit domestic and international trade in alleged old ivory items, including export to the main markets for illegal ivory such as China and Hong Kong.
This consultation is an opportunity for you to call on the European Commission to take the strongest possible action to end the ivory trade and elephant poaching. The consultation is available here.
As we understand this topic may be a new issue for many European citizens, Eurogroup for Animals has been working with other wildlife conservation and animal protection organisations and with the MEPs for Wildlife (a cross-party interest group at the European Parliament campaigning for the EU to step up the fight against wildlife crime) to create a “help-sheet” to support citizens complete the online consultation. Please see our suggested answers here.
Thank you for helping to save the elephants!