Published on 6 Oct 2017 Sections

Britain to ban sale and export of ivory

It “shames our generation”. That’s how Environment Secretary Michael Gove described the killing of elephants for ivory, as he announced plans for a near total ban on trade in ivory in the UK. The government insists the plans are driven by concern for elephants, but it could also be a big vote winner. Research shows it was an important issue among young people at the last election. A warning: there are some distressing images from the start of this report.