In response to today’s passage of a motion to close markets to the trade of ivory at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, WWF released the following statement from Lis McLellan, head of its wildlife crime initiative:
“Today’s motion demonstrates the growing wave of global support for ending the illegal trade of ivory. With its passage, conservationists and governments set the stage for significant progress at CITES later this month.
“Global efforts to stop poaching and trafficking – and reduce demand for ivory – are now beginning to yield results. We need to build on this momentum and turn concerns raised at the World Conservation Congress into tomorrow’s actions. It’s time to end the trade.”