End Ivory Trade

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has showed his support for WWF’s campaign to end the illegal wildlife trade by attending a charity event in the Houses of Parliament recently to celebrate China’s ivory ban, which came in to force this month.

The situation for elephants is critical, with around 55 a day being killed for their ivory – this means more African elephants are being poached for their ivory than are being born. 

Jointly hosted by WWF and the Chinese embassy, the reception highlighted that, if successful, the Chinese closure of its ivory markets will reduce opportunities to buy and sell illegal ivory, and help to reduce demand.  But it is important that other, neighbouring countries follow suit with similar laws, to ensure that this sickening trade does not simply shift to places with weaker laws.

The Chinese move comes as a proposal to also ban ivory trade in the UK has been announced by the UK Government.  Many people responded to the recent consultation on this plan, and WWF is calling for confirmation of a UK ban before The London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, which takes place on 10-11 October 2018.

Stephen Hepburn MP said:

“I was delighted to be able to attend WWF and the Chinese Embassy’s reception, and show my support for ending the ivory trade.  A world without African elephants is unthinkable, and governments across the world need to do everything they can to ensure it never happens.

“I know my constituents care deeply about this issue, and tens of thousands of people responded to the UK Government’s recent consultation on banning the ivory trade.  We now need to get on and do it – 2018 should be the year when we turn the tide on the poaching of elephants and other precious wildlife.”

Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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