Help close Australia’s domestic ivory market
On the 31st of December 2017, China’s legal domestic ivory trade officially and historically came to a close.
100 percent of China’s licensed ivory carving factories and retailers have been shut down in accordance with a commitment made by the Chinese government in 2015. The closure of domestic ivory markets is occurring all over the world with France and the USA to ban domestic sales of ivory (California, New Jersey, New York and Hawaii currently have legislation in place) and signals from the UK that they are also looking to move in this direction. Whilst not a major market for ivory, IFAW’s Under the Hammer report into the trade of elephant ivory and rhino horn showed that there is a flourishing domestic market here worth hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, and little regulation or enforcement of the sale of these items occurring.
We need your help to encourage the Australian Government to take a stand and support the efforts of the international community to shut down all avenues that allow trade to continue.
If the world’s largest market for ivory can be closed Australia has no reason not to do the same!
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