On 27th April, Stop Ivory co-hosted a public evening at the London School of Economics, bringing together a panel of distinguished diplomats and experts to discuss the role played by all domestic ivory markets in the elephant poaching crisis, and the scale of the UK’s domestic ivory market.
Speakers included; Ambassador Shu Zhan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China, was joined by H.E. Lazarus Amayo, High Commissioner of Kenya, H.E. Aichatou Sanni Aoudou, Gabonese Ambassador and Dan Ashe, President of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
With 200 people in attendance, the panel shed light on the relationship between ivory trading and elephant conservation for a new audience. The collective voices of conservation leaders, and key members of government from both consumer and range States, further increased pressure on the British government, and raised awareness of the role of the Elephant Protection Initiative.