How to stop the ivory trade: with Space for Giants, Tusk Trust and Parcs Gabon - Live coverage - The Independent

How to stop the ivory trade: with Space for Giants, Tusk Trust and Parcs Gabon

50 heads of state will gather in London tomorrow, to tackle the $19bn-a year illegal wildlife trade in products such as ivory and rhino horn. With 100 elephants dying every day, the ivory trade has reached a crisis point. Ahead of this conference, leaders and conservationists, hosted by The Independent and Space for Giants are meeting at the House of Lords to discuss the supply, demand and stockpiling of ivory. Diplomats and ministers from Gabon to Thailand are putting their heads together with conservationists from Space for Giants, Tusk Trust, Parcs Gabon and others. Watch this space from 7 pm for rolling coverage of the night’s events.

  • While we're waiting, here's some shocking facts about Africa's elephants

    2/11/2014 7:29:31 PM
  • Sir Tim Clement-Jones is welcoming his guests - and he's wearing a great animal tie. He says: "The very fact that the princes are holding such a conference demonstrates the commitment not only of the princes, but also of the UK as a whole."
    2/11/2014 7:44:25 PM
  • Charlie Mayhew, from the Tusk Trust is co-hosting the event with Space for Giants.

    "This week we have got a real sense of momentum and collaboration as the world has come to realise the crisis underway - not only for elephants and rhino, but for various species.

    "This week we have to see some real decisions and some real actions from the global community to halt this wildlife crime"
    2/11/2014 7:45:39 PM
  • Max Graham, CEO of Space for Giants: "The opportunity here tonight is not so much to talk about the problems, but to talk about the solutions."

    He's got lion and elephant noises that will play throughout the night!
    2/11/2014 7:50:25 PM
  • Dr Kahumbu is telling us about when killing an elephant in Kenya was just a 'petty offence.' Her campaigning, along with others' led to tougher penalties against poaching in Kenya. Now, the Chief Justice has given his full support to ending the ivory trade. As a result, Kenya passed a new law, and recently led to the conviction of a Chinese smuggler.
    2/11/2014 8:15:05 PM
  • Henry Okello, Foreign Minister of Uganda has just sent us his statement of support: "As the Foreign Minister of Uganda, a country that is home to thousands of the world’s remaining elephants that roam free - as well as other highly endangered species such as the mountain gorilla – of which just over 800 exist in the wild, we have a crucial role to play in tackling the ivory trade and in the wider discussions taking place in London.

    Yet while emphasis is increasingly placed on halting demand from Asia, too little focus is being placed on the nations of Africa, as the biggest number of range states, and our responsibility to halt supply. In recent years this has not been successful – and serious change is needed in laws, policing, educating and providing alternatives to the livelihoods that poaching, however immoral, provides."
    2/11/2014 8:22:17 PM
  • Alex Rhodes, from Stop Ivory "Those countries which have elephants, are the countries which bear the greatest burden."
    2/11/2014 10:06:54 PM
  • Letty Belin: "Just over 3 hours ago, the USA announced that we are going to enforce a complete ban in the ivory trade."
    2/11/2014 10:12:51 PM
  • The night is coming to a close. Max Graham is wrapping up: we discussed supply, demand and stockpiles.
    2/11/2014 10:15:04 PM
  • That's all for now. Keep following our elephant appeal with Space for Giants on our appeal page for more updates in the run up to the ivory conference.
    2/11/2014 10:17:34 PM
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