Ban on elephant ivory could be extended to walruses, hippos and killer whales

Ban on elephant ivory could be extended to walruses, hippos and killer whales according to new government proposals

  • The Ivory Act includes an almost complete ban on items containing elephant ivory
  • Hippos, killer whales, sperm whales are also hunted for ivory in teeth and tusks
  • Arctic species such as walruses and narwhals are affected by climate change

A ban on elephant ivory could soon be extended to walruses, hippos and killer whales under government proposals.

The Ivory Act includes an almost complete ban on the import, export and trade of items containing elephant ivory.

Hippos, orcas and sperm whales are also hunted for ivory in their teeth, as are narwhals and walruses for their tusks.

Hippos, killer whales and sperm whales are also hunted for ivory in their teeth, as are narwhals and walruses for their tusks

Chinese police officers investigate ivory and rhino horn products seized after breaking up a criminal gang ben

Chinese police officers investigate ivory and rhino horn products seized after breaking up a criminal gang ben

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, there are only 130,000 hippos left in the wild.

Arctic species such as walruses and narwhals are also facing pressures from climate change, making their ivory trade further unsustainable. There are thought to be only 75,000 narwhals left in the wild. Their tusks can grow up to 10ft.

International Environment Secretary Lord Goldsmith, who launched a consultation on the proposals, said: ‘The Ivory Act is one of the strictest bans of its kind in the world.

‘However, the ivory trade is a threat to the conservation of other beautiful species, such as the hippos, narwhal and walruses that are under threat.

“I urge everyone to share their views to ensure we can protect more animals from the grim ivory trade.”

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