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Conservatives quietly ditch pledge to ban ivory trade in 2017 manifesto

Thursday 25th May 2017:

Theresa May has been accused of quietly scrapping a Conservative pledge to ban the ivory trade in the UK. Former Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to “press for a total ban on ivory sales” in his 2015 manifesto, echoing a previous promise made in 2010 to eradicate the bloodthirsty practice. However 2017’s Tory manifesto, released ahead of 8 June’s general election, makes no mention of the pledge.

Instead, the Prime Minister made a general vow to protect endangered species and the marine environment. Around 20,000 elephants are killed by poaching in Africa every year, which means an elephant is killed every 25 minutes. The U-turn has led to accusations the Government is bowing to powerful lobbying pressure from the antiques industry.

We are deeply saddened to see protecting elephants is no longer a priority issue, especially at a time when the fate of the species hangs in the balance. You can help by signing the online petition calling for the Conservatives to honour their pledge.

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