Australia has addressed the meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva, formally announcing our intention to close the domestic trade of elephant ivory and rhino horn.
Australia’s delegates encouraged other nations to close domestic markets, with the meeting resolving that those countries which have not taken such action be required to report through CITES on the measures they are taking to ensure their markets are not contributing to poaching or illegal trade.
Australia has already ensured that all our international trade is in strict compliance with CITES regulations.
Australia’s domestic market does not represent a major threat to world ivory trade but it is important to ensure there are no ‘back doors’ to encourage illegal activity by those seeking to circumvent CITES principles.
I will meet with National Environment Ministers in November to ensure steps are being taken to formally end domestic trade in all jurisdictions.