The 29 member countries of the African Elephant Coalition (AEC) today praised China’s recent decision to ban its domestic ivory trade and called on the European Union and the UK to follow China’s lead next week and permanently ban all external and domestic ivory trade.
The AEC’s appeal follows China’s announcement on 30 December 2016 to end the processing and trade of ivory and ivory products by 31 March and to completely shut down ivory trade by the end of 2017, essentially closing the world’s largest market for poached ivory.
«We welcome China’s decisive action to close its ivory market,» said Patrick Omondi, Chairman of the AEC. «It’s a major breakthrough in the battle to save elephants. But we need other countries with legal domestic markets to follow suit and are calling on the EU to take advantage of the momentum created by China and shut down their trade in ivory once and for all.»