Motion for a European Parliament resolution on combating ivory trafficking

On 10 April 2015, a motion for a resolution on combating ivory trafficking has been registered by three French MEPs: Dominique Bilde, Marine Le Pen and Sophie Montel

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on combating ivory trafficking   

B8-0341/2015

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to Commission Recommendation 2007/425/EC identifying a set of actions for the enforcement of Regulation (EC) No 338/97 of 9 November 1996,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas 17 000 elephants were killed in 2011 alone, and whereas quantities of ivory on the market have tripled in the last 10 years;

B.     whereas ivory trafficking represents a grave threat to the survival of elephants in Africa and is jeopardising all local ecosystems;

C.     whereas organised crime networks are often involved in ivory trafficking, and whereas ivory trafficking is a source of revenue for terrorist groups;

D.     whereas the European Union is a significant market for illegal ivory, but also a transit route for the illegal ivory trade, which is mainly fuelled by demand in Asia;

1.      Calls for the introduction of moratoriums on all commercial imports, exports and sales of tusks and raw and worked ivory products;

2.      Urges Member States to destroy their illegal stocks of ivory immediately;

3.      Calls for all possible means to be used to fight organised crime, corruption and money laundering, including the confiscation of assets acquired through wildlife trafficking.

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