On 3rd April, DEFRA in the UK published a summary of responses to a consultation seeking views on banning UK sales of ivory and evidence on the effect this measure would have. Consultation ended on 29th December. Having considered the evidence available, including responses to this consultation, the government confirms it will proceed with a ban on commercial activities concerning ivory in the UK that could directly or indirectly fuel the poaching of elephants. Commercial activities means buying, selling or hiring ivory; offering or arranging to buy, sell or hire ivory; keeping ivory for sale or hire; exporting ivory from the UK for sale or hire; importing ivory into the UK for sale or hire. The policy document details the limited exemptions that would be allowed.