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We received 71,238 responses to the consultation, including 60,613 campaign responses and 2 petition responses. Our consultation response provides a summary of the responses, evidence and views submitted to the consultation.
The response contains a policy statement setting out the basis on which the government intends to introduce a ban on UK ivory sales. This includes our approach to exemptions to the sales ban, as well as to compliance, enforcement, offences and sanctions.
We are seeking views on our proposal to introduce a total ban on UK sales of ivory that could contribute either directly or indirectly to the continued poaching of elephants. We are asking for evidence on the effect the proposed ban will have. This includes its effect on elephant conservation, the natural environment and businesses, as well as its economic and cultural effect.
The ban will be subject to some strictly defined exemptions. We want evidence about the scope of the proposed exemptions and how they could operate. We also want evidence on how the ban should be enforced and the sanctions that should be applied.