By Vincent Moss
Sunday Mirror campaign to ban ivory trade wants EU cash to fight poachers, an EU wildlife crime unit and tougher penalties for the criminals
Wildlife campaigners are piling the pressure on China to end illegal ivory trading.
They met members of the Chinese government last week to demand an end to the sale of tusks which has fuelled the slaughter of 100,000 elephants in the past three years.
The move is a boost to the Sunday Mirror’s campaign to end the vile trade in the tusks and skins .
China is the world’s largest importer of illegal elephant tusks , which are used for carvings and medicine.
Campaigners are urging China to clamp down and want the EU to step in.
Lib Dem Euro MP Catherine Bearder said: “Elephants are being slaughtered in huge numbers for trinkets and bogus medicines. To end this barbaric trade we need an all-encompassing EU plan that will take the fight to poachers in Africa while tackling demand in the Far East.”
Will Travers, of Born Free charity, said: “What is most urgently needed is a global political commitment to end all trade in ivory.”