The European Union initiated a consultation period on Sept 15, 2017 that will last until Dec 8, 2017 that “aims to compile information and views on the extent, structure and main features of legal and illegal trade in ivory in and from the EU, as well as on the priorities that the EU should follow in its approach against ivory trafficking. You can contribute to this public consultation by filling out the online questionnaire.
The questionnaire is accessible in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Replies may be submitted in any of the 23 official EU languages.
The EU is the largest exporter of ivory in the world with the UK being the biggest seller. Since 2010 more than 30,000 pieces of ivory have been exported to Hong Kong from the UK while Hong Kong continues to be a major hub for the trafficking of fresh illegal shipments. Legal markets provide cover for the illegal trade which is why CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species and Fauna) unanimously voted that all countries must close their markets and stop trading in ivory.