• The Time Has Come for an EU-Wide Domestic Ivory Ban

    One year ago - By National Geographic

    By Janice Weatherley-Singh
    Elephant poaching for the illegal ivory trade is nothing new but has soared in recent years. Photo credit: Charles Foley/WCS.
    The EU has traditionally been a global leader in tackling the problem of wildlife trafficking and in encouraging other countries to take action. Last year it published a far-reaching Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, which set out a comprehensive list of actions to address the problem.
    So why is it dragging its heels when it comes to saving elephants and closing its domestic ivory market?
    The statistics make for depressing reading...
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