Poaching Environment ministers want more restrictions on ivory trade

Poaching Environment ministers want more restrictions on ivory trade

Poaching Environment ministers want more restrictions on ivory trade

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) calls for stricter rules for the legal ivory trade and relies on the EU. The environment ministers of Great Britain, France, Luxembourg and Germany called on EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella in a joint letter to submit proposals for restrictions on the trade in old ivory within the European Union (EU) and out of the EU. “At the European level, too, we must rule out the possibility that the old ivory trade conceals the illegal ivory trade and, in the worst case, encourages elephant poaching,” Schulze announced on Wednesday.

Commercial international trade in ivory is actually prohibited. Old stocks can, however, be traded. “There is still an urgent need for action here – not only in the African countries and the main customer countries,” said Schulze. According to the Ministry of the Environment, both raw and processed ivory run the risk of legal trade obscuring illegal trade. The EU export ban, which only applies to raw ivory, could easily be abused by just processing raw ivory a little, it said.

Between 2012 and 2018, more than 1500 carvings made of ivory were legally exported from Germany to other countries outside the EU, as the federal government announced last week at the request of the Greens. It is estimated that 30,000 elephants are illegally killed annually for their ivory.