BOROUGH MP Andrew Miller is taking a stand to protect thousands of endangered elephants by supporting the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) ivory trade campaign calling on the Government to bring together EU partners to oppose China as an ivory buyer.
The ivory trade has been banned since 1989 but every year approximately 20,000 elephants are killed to supply it – and this is on the increase.
China has the world's largest black market for ivory.
IFAW is campaigning around the world to ensure China is not allowed to import stockpiled ivory – a move which could see ivory from illegally killed African elephants being laundered within legal stocks, due to the country’s inadequate enforcement controls.
There is strong evidence that soaring Chinese demand is responsible for the deaths of large numbers of elephants.
Mr Miller said: "I am proud to support IFAW’s campaign to protect elephants from being slaughtered for their tusks.
“These majestic creatures are being killed by poachers by the 10s of thousands each year for the cruel and unsustainable trade in ivory.”
At a recent event at the House of Commons, Mr Miller signed the Anne Frank Declaration, showing his support for the Anne Frank Trust’s commitment to challenge prejudice and reduce hatred.