EU, Japan in the spotlight over failure to close ivory markets

Meru National Park Senior Warden Tuqa Jirmo inspects six elephants tusks surrendered by residents living around the park on May 25, 2017. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The EU and Japan have an obligation to ensure domestic trade in ivory does not contribute to poaching.
  • The US is also in the limelight after President Trump’s administration said it would allow hunters to import trophies.

African elephant range States want the West compelled to inform the African Elephant Coalition on the status of the legality of their domestic ivory markets and to close those markets that contribute to poaching or illegal trade as a matter of urgency.

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