Ministers are set to implement a blanket ban on the sale of ivory throughout the United Kingdom. It comes as the British public showed “overwhelming” support for the move.
More than 70,000 individuals and organisations wrote to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs after a public consultation was started by DEFRA secretary Michael Gove.
The Government has now reported that while they were still analysing the findings, the public showed “overwhelming” support for a total ban on the sale of ivory.
China implemented its own ban on the sale of ivory earlier this year, hower Mrs May tackled the issue in her recent state visit to the Asian country. “My visit to China is about our two countries working together on some of the most significant challenges of our time.
“And during my visit I have seen first-hand the way UK expertise is supporting Chinese efforts to protect wildlife and improve the quality of life of its citizens.
“I am proud of the agreement that the UK and China have made to boost our co-operation in the fight against the illegal ivory trade.”
Current ivory laws permit the trading of ivory dated to before 1947 but the new laws would ban the trading of all ivory.
The Uk military already trains anti-poaching teams in African countries and the UK Border Force will share their expertise with other nations to help reduce wildlife trafficking.