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WWF Statement on New Regulations on US Ivory Sales Proposed by the Obama Administration

In reaction to today’s announcement on ivory sales from the Obama Administration, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President of Wildlife Conservation:

“The Administration is making it clear it will not tolerate the senseless slaughter of elephants and the global criminal syndicates profiting from it.

“By proposing broad restrictions on the sale of ivory, US Fish and Wildlife Service is taking a critical step forward in tightening loopholes that allow for poached ivory to be sold in US markets. Importantly, the proposed regulations place the burden on the seller to prove that any piece of ivory allowed for sale is legal. WWF commends this and other significant advances in US ivory policy proposed by the Administration.

“But more needs to be done. With elephant populations plummeting across Africa, the US response must match the scale of the crisis.

“Only an end to commercial ivory sales will ultimately ensure that US trade is no longer complicit in the demise of wild elephants.

“Strong US ivory policy will do more than save elephants. It will play a vital role in ensuring US consumers are not unknowingly contributing to the slaughter of these magnificent animals, and continue to build global momentum and international action to stop wildlife crime."