25 July 2014 CAMPAIGN UPDATE:
The Select Committee announced their decision on the petition of calling for a ban on all ivory trading in New Zealand saying: “We support the petitioners in their goal. New Zealand is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. In fulfilment of one of its obligations under the convention, trade in illegal ivory is prohibited by statute within its borders.”
The Committee “calls on the Government to push for the full implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. In particular, it should push for the resumption of a full ban on the sale of ivory that was established by the convention in 1989."
More pressure will almost certainly be needed in the future to ensure the Government follows the Committee's recommendations. But for today - we can celebrate a significant success in our shared effort to protect elephants. If you want to be part of any future campaigns on this issue, you can still sign up below and we'll let you know when we need to rally together again.
Thank you! Together, we helped save these magnificent animals.
In a matter of hours the government will decide whether or not to completely ban the ivory trade in New Zealand -- a ban that could give the world’s last remaining elephants a real chance at survival.
This morning the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee will consider a complete ban on the ivory trade in response to a campaign by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf and policy analyst Fiona Gordon. Their petition is supported by more than 4300 people and 19 prominent local and international conservationists like Dr Jane Goodall, as well as wildlife organisations like WildAid, IFAW and the Born Free Foundation.
Let’s support Virginia and Fionas' incredible efforts to help save these magnificent animals that we all love so much -- add your name to ActionStation’s petition supporting the trade ban, which will be added to the final submission to the Committee. Sign the petition below:
To: John Hayes Chairperson, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
We call for the New Zealand Government to ban all ivory trade within, to and from New Zealand; crush the confiscated ivory stockpile in New Zealand; and toughen penalties for illegal ivory trading in New Zealand.