Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Inquiry into Trade in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn

In June 2018, the Animal Law Institute made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement in response to Inquiry into Trade in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.

Our submission made a total of six recommendations, including that Parliament amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prohibit the domestic trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn, and that the Commonwealth Government work with States and Territories to adopt and implement a national model to ban domestic sales.

We also recommended that the Environment and Energy Department work with auction houses, antiques dealers and online trading platforms to ensure the ban is implemented in a phased approach to ensure compliance. Additionally, our submission recommended that the Department of Communications and the Arts work with Australian museums to identify opportunities to phase out the display and trade of ivory and rhinoceros horn artifacts.