On the 31st December 2017, China’s legal domestic ivory trade officially and historically came to a close.
One hundred per cent 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). The government of the United Kingdom announced in April 2018, their intention to legislate a ban, creating the strictest conditions to date on any domestic ivory ban. These countries represent a large proportion of the global ivory market.
It may be surprising for some, but Australia also has a domestic ivory market. 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, with little monitoring or regulation of the sale of these items.
28th March 2018, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement initiated an inquiry into the trade in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, the time for Australia to step up and close down the domestic trade of ivory is now.
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 domestic markets. Any trade in ivory anywhere threatens the survival of elephants.
If the world’s largest market for ivory can be closed Australia has no reason not to do the same!
We've prepared a template e-mail for you to send to your local Federal Member of Parliament, but we encourage you to personalise this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times. All letters will also be copied to the Federal Minister for Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg MP.