Following the declaration of 2011 as the worst year for elephants since the international trade in ivory was banned in 1989, the issue is to be raised in the UK’s House of Lords tomorrow (July 4, 2012) at 3pm.
Lord St John of Bletso will “ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures to address the increase in elephant poaching and the illegal sale of ivory to the Far East they plan to support at the Standing Committee meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on 23 July.”
Lord St John has been briefed on the issue by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Kenya-based Space for Giants (www.spaceforgiants.org), which are both campaigning for clear polices to address the current elephant poaching crisis. Both organisations oppose any proposals for CITES-sanctioned auctions of stockpiled ivory in 2013. They are also calling for China’s status as an Approved Buyer to be revoked, followed by a thorough review of those holding this status.