Basingstoke MP Maria Miller joined in a chorus of voices celebrating the government’s decision to scrap ivory sales in the UK.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced the ban on ivory sales last week – the toughest ban in Europe – in a bid to help protect elephants for future generations.
Mrs Miller said: “Banning ivory sales in the UK will mean our country is playing its part in halting the heart-breaking decline in Africa’s elephant population in recent years.
“We need to leave our planet in a better state for the next generation, with stronger protections for animal welfare, but also cleaner air, greener spaces and tougher action on plastic waste.”
At a recent European Environment Council, the UK called for EU member states to follow Britain’s example and ban commercial trade in raw ivory, which is already banned in the UK.
Charlie Mayhew MBE, CEO of Tusk Trust, said: “We are delighted that the government has listened to our concerns and given the overwhelming public response to their consultation is now moving decisively.”
The move follows a consultation which had more than 70,000 responses with almost 90 per cent in favour of the ban.