New ivory trade stats: Green Party Animal Spokesperson questions Government commitment to animal welfare

New ivory trade stats: Green Party Animal Spokesperson questions Government commitment to animal welfare

December 12th, 2017

Keith Taylor MEP, the Green Party's Animals Spokesperson, has questioned the Government's 'newfound' animal welfare credentials as new figures reveal the Tories have granted almost 500 permits for ivory imports since 2015.

The figures from the Animal and Plant Health Agency reveal that more than 300 of the permits were granted for 'commercial' imports while 20 were granted to allow so-called trophy hunters to bring their 'trophies' back to the UK.

The new statistics were published in response to a question from Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP who proposed an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill to retain the EU's recognition of animal sentience in UK law post-Brexit.

Tory MPs received a huge backlash for voting against the amendment and the Environment Minister, Michael Gove, has today launched a new draft Animal Welfare Bill to include a specific recognition of animal sentience in UK law.

Keith Taylor, a member of the European Parliament's Environment Committee and Vice President of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, said:

"The government's enthusiastic support for the squalid ivory trade since it took office makes a mockery of positive claims about its welfare credentials. It's unbelievable that a party that is now desperately trying to woo animal lovers thought nothing of granting licence to barbaric hunters to bring back their repugnant 'trophies' back to the UK."

"It is little wonder that the commitment to an ivory trade ban was quietly dropped from the Conservatives' election manifesto earlier this year."

"In fact, it's strikingly clear that it is only a series of hugely damaging animal welfare PR disasters, like the backlash against the Government's failure to support Caroline Lucas's animal sentience amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill, that have seen Ministers try and rehabilitate the Tory Party's cruel and uncaring image among animal lovers."

"While we welcome some of Michael Gove’s new policies - including a climbdown on animal sentience, a U-turn on a ban on ivory sales, a promise to drop plans for a vote to bring back foxhunting and plans to introduce CCTV in slaughterhouses - they are not enough to allay our, and campaigners’, doubts over the Government's genuine commitment to animal welfare."

Notes

Data from the Animal and Plant Health Agency

01/01/2012 – 31/12/2012

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 7 0
Personal use 5 2
Educational use 2 0
Carvings Commercial use 267 6
Personal use 28 10
Exhibitions 43 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 1 0

01/01/2013 – 31/12/2013

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 9 2
Personal use 1 0
Educational use 2 0
Carvings Commercial use 352 2
Personal use 25 9
Exhibitions 64 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 0 0

01/01/2014 – 31/12/2014

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 0 3
Personal use 0 2
Educational use 0 0
Carvings Commercial use 265 6
Personal use 15 2
Exhibitions 20 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 0 0

01/01/2015 – 31/12/2015

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 15 0
Personal use 0 2
Educational use 0 0
Carvings Commercial use 67 1
Personal use 25 1
Exhibitions 12 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 0 0

01/01/2016 – 31/12/2016

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 5 0
Personal use 1 1
Educational use 0 0
Carvings Commercial use 207 2
Personal use 75 4
Exhibitions 24 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 0 0

01/01/2017 –05/12/2017

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 0 0
Personal use 0 0
Educational use 0 0
Carvings Commercial use 48 0
Personal use 10 0
Exhibitions 0 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 0 0

This data is for confirmed import permits that covers the previous five calendar years including data this year up to 5th December.

New ivory trade stats: Green Party Animal Spokesperson questions Government commitment to animal welfare

New ivory trade stats: Green Party Animal Spokesperson questions Government commitment to animal welfare

December 12th, 2017

Keith Taylor MEP, the Green Party's Animals Spokesperson, has questioned the Government's 'newfound' animal welfare credentials as new figures reveal the Tories have granted almost 500 permits for ivory imports since 2015.

The figures from the Animal and Plant Health Agency reveal that more than 300 of the permits were granted for 'commercial' imports while 20 were granted to allow so-called trophy hunters to bring their 'trophies' back to the UK.

The new statistics were published in response to a question from Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP who proposed an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill to retain the EU's recognition of animal sentience in UK law post-Brexit.

Tory MPs received a huge backlash for voting against the amendment and the Environment Minister, Michael Gove, has today launched a new draft Animal Welfare Bill to include a specific recognition of animal sentience in UK law.

Keith Taylor, a member of the European Parliament's Environment Committee and Vice President of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, said:

"The government's enthusiastic support for the squalid ivory trade since it took office makes a mockery of positive claims about its welfare credentials. It's unbelievable that a party that is now desperately trying to woo animal lovers thought nothing of granting licence to barbaric hunters to bring back their repugnant 'trophies' back to the UK."

"It is little wonder that the commitment to an ivory trade ban was quietly dropped from the Conservatives' election manifesto earlier this year."

"In fact, it's strikingly clear that it is only a series of hugely damaging animal welfare PR disasters, like the backlash against the Government's failure to support Caroline Lucas's animal sentience amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill, that have seen Ministers try and rehabilitate the Tory Party's cruel and uncaring image among animal lovers."

"While we welcome some of Michael Gove’s new policies - including a climbdown on animal sentience, a U-turn on a ban on ivory sales, a promise to drop plans for a vote to bring back foxhunting and plans to introduce CCTV in slaughterhouses - they are not enough to allay our, and campaigners’, doubts over the Government's genuine commitment to animal welfare."

Notes

Data from the Animal and Plant Health Agency

01/01/2012 – 31/12/2012

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 7 0
Personal use 5 2
Educational use 2 0
Carvings Commercial use 267 6
Personal use 28 10
Exhibitions 43 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 1 0

01/01/2013 – 31/12/2013

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 9 2
Personal use 1 0
Educational use 2 0
Carvings Commercial use 352 2
Personal use 25 9
Exhibitions 64 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 0 0

01/01/2014 – 31/12/2014

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 0 3
Personal use 0 2
Educational use 0 0
Carvings Commercial use 265 6
Personal use 15 2
Exhibitions 20 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 0 0

01/01/2015 – 31/12/2015

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 15 0
Personal use 0 2
Educational use 0 0
Carvings Commercial use 67 1
Personal use 25 1
Exhibitions 12 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 0 0

01/01/2016 – 31/12/2016

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 5 0
Personal use 1 1
Educational use 0 0
Carvings Commercial use 207 2
Personal use 75 4
Exhibitions 24 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 0 0

01/01/2017 –05/12/2017

Ivory Type Import Type Number of permits issued No of applications rejected
Raw tusks Hunting trophies 0 0
Personal use 0 0
Educational use 0 0
Carvings Commercial use 48 0
Personal use 10 0
Exhibitions 0 0
Educational use 0 0
Ivory pieces Enforcement 0 0

This data is for confirmed import permits that covers the previous five calendar years including data this year up to 5th December.

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