UK Authorities Public Session on Banning Commerce in Non-Elephant Ivory
The UK Authorities is holding a public session regarding a proposed extension to the ban on the commerce in ivory and ivory merchandise. The extension would cowl merchandise constructed from ‘non-elephant ivory’, together with hippopotamus, narwhal, killer whale, sperm whale and walrus.
The 2018 Ivory Act is touted by the federal government as one of many ‘hardest on the planet’, and, when introduced into impact, will ban the sale, buy or rent of all gadgets product of, or containing elephant ivory, no matter their age. The ban will apply to the home commerce and all business UK imports and exports.
The general public session is gathering proof as as to whether or not extending the ban is justified, with three attainable outcomes to the session:
- Choice 1 – Lengthen the Act to hippopotamus ivory.
- Choice 2 – Lengthen the Act to ivory from 5 CITES-listed species (hippopotamus, narwhal, killer whale, sperm whale and walrus).
- Choice 3 – Do nothing and proceed to use present worldwide and home conservation guidelines.
Elephant ivory has by far and away the most important worth internationally; considered value as a lot as US$1billion per yr till it was outlawed by the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1989. Since then, the commerce has continued illegally, with some international locations pushing for the ban to be lifted, whereas the inhabitants of African and Asian elephants decimated, and endangered, in line with the IUCN Purple Listing – critically, within the case of the African Forest Elephant.
The commerce in non-elephant ivory could be very a lot decrease, with fewer than 100 gadgets of non-elephant ivory imported into the UK between 2009-2019, and a complete of 1389 auction-house trades occurring between 2013-2019.
Of species included within the non-ivory commerce, hippopotamus represents the best bulk, and commerce in hippopotamus ivory represents a ‘key risk’ to their populations.
The consultation document also notes that species akin to narwhales and walrus are legally and sustainably hunted by the indigenous peoples of Alaska, Canada and Greenland, and the secondary commerce in tusks from these animals – both entire, or carved into ornamental items or musical devices.
Nonetheless, because the session doc concludes in its introduction, ‘Regardless of the low ranges of recognized business dealing in these ivories it’s clear that there’s a market within the UK, each authorized and unlawful, for the commerce in all of those species. Such markets could also be contributing to the attract of ivory from these species or could also be getting used to facilitate unlawful commerce.’
You’ll be able to add to the session on the UK’s Citizen Space Consultation Hub till 11 September 2021.