Stop Ivory begun in February 2014 with the aim of banning all trade in ivory. Penelope Nevill has been actively involved in the campaign assisting with drafting a legal opinion alongside Mishcon and Blackstone Chambers which has just been released. Penelope has been working on the campaign for two years on a pro bono basis.
The legal opinion looks at how HMG can close Britain's Ivory market. For further insight please read the opinion attached.
The news comes a day after the British Government's announcement to stop the trade in 'modern ivory' as a first step towards closing the UK's ivory trade. The news featured as a front page story in The Times: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britain-to-crack-down-on-illegal-ivory-trade-52w6066xs
The Government's announcement is also available to read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-ban-on-modern-day-ivory-sales
This weekend, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Illegal Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meets in Johannesburg. Countries will be voting on a resolution to close all domestic ivory markets, which has been put forward by some of our 14 African elephant range state Member Countries (https://cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/cop/17/WorkingDocs/E-CoP17-57-02.pdf)