World-Leading Ivory Ban Confirmed In The UK

The ban has been hailed as 'one of the world’s toughest'
African Elephants
Roughly 55 African elephants are reportedly killed each day for their ivory

A highly anticipated UK ivory ban was confirmed Tuesday by Britain's Environment Secretary.

Ban

Described as 'one of the world’s toughest', the ban was introduced to protect elephants, and reduce illegal trade.

The ban will cover almost all items, with very few exemptions, and violators will face up to five years in prison.

Items exempt from the ban include antiques containing less 10 percent ivory, certain old instruments, and few other ultra-rare antiques and artifacts.

Elephants Ivory Ban
Britain's Environment Secretary described the ivory trade as 'abhorrent'

Public support

Of more than 70,000 UK respondents, 88 percent were reportedly in favor of banning the ivory trade which, according to the WWF, leads to the death of roughly 55 African elephants each day.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: "The ban will demonstrate our belief that the abhorrent ivory trade should become a thing of the past."

'Global leader'

WWF Chief Executive Tanya Steele said: "This ban makes the UK a global leader in tackling this bloody trade, and it’s something WWF has been fighting hard for."

Activists hope the strict ban will inspire other countries to follow suit - with John Stephenson, CEO of Stop Ivory, explaining that 'when the buying stops, the killing will stop'.

Steele said: "We hope the UK will continue to press countries where the biggest ivory markets are, most of which are in Asia, to shut down their trade too."

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

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