Neil Parish MP welcomes the Ivory Bill

Earlier this week Neil Parish MP and chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee congratulated the Secretary of State for Defra for bringing forward the Ivory Bill.

Neil, who is a lifelong campaigner for animal welfare, welcomed the Bill. He said reducing the demand for ivory would reduce its value. But he urged the Secretary of State to go further saying it is not just the ivory trade in Britain which endangers elephants.

Speaking after the debate Neil said: “It is unacceptable that 20,000 elephants die every year for the ivory trade. The Ivory Bill is a welcome introduction to making sure elephants are protected. The Bill sets a fantastic example to the rest of the world. I know the Secretary of State will work hard to make sure other countries around the world follow our example. Through reducing the value of ivory we can reduce the ivory trade.

You can find Neil's full speech here.

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