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Elephants: Conservation

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th May 2009.

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Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Labour, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent reports he has received of elephant poaching in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) signatory countries in contravention of CITES.

Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Marine and Natural Environment)

I am aware of continuing concerns about elephant poaching and the recent ivory seizure in Vietnam. The UK has helped fund both the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS) and the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programmes under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). We expect to receive an update on illegal elephant trade at the next Conference of CITES Parties in 2010.

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