20.11.2017 – EU Online survey on ivory trade.

Elephants in Sandolani Game Ranch, 600 km far from Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe  Tuesday, 15 September 2009. Nine elephants captured from their natural enviroment in order to be used in turistical puposes (for riding), circuses or zoo's have been unchaind and are vabout to be set free by The VIER PFOTEN Animal Welfare Foundation and ZNSPCA (Zimbabwian National Society for Protect Cruelty to Animals). MIHAI VASILE / VIER PFOTEN

The EU Commission has launched an online survey to find out what EU citizens think about the ivory trade and the actions that the EU should take against ivory trafficking. The responses can be submitted until 8th December 2017. 

The numbers of African elephants are endangered by poaching and every year 20,000 animals are killed! The ivory trade, which is still going on across Europe, fuels this disaster. This survey is an opportunity to encourage the EU to take the strongest possible action to end the ivory trade and poaching.

Survey: https://goo.gl/J4tgE1

Help-Sheet: http://bit.ly/2hpczaL


Ivory and lack of implementation of the CITES regulations

16 January 2013    
Marc Tarabella (S&D) 

Parliament recently denounced the lack of implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) regulations. In one of the reports tabled in plenary, the Council was called on to promote the creation of a system of certification and control of ivory imports into the European Union, similar to the successful Kimberley process.

Does the Council intend to do this? If so, how?


Reply of the Council

15 April 2013    

As the Honourable Member is aware, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), to which the Union is not a contracting party, is nonetheless implemented in the Union by Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 of 9 December 1996 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein(1).

It would be for the Commission — in the context of its legislative initiative — to take, if necessary, the appropriate decisions for future action on the issue the Honourable Member refers to. The Council would examine with great attention any proposals that might come from the Commission on this subject.

(1)    OJ L 61, 3.3.1997, p. 1.