Despite this increased trading, there remains no domestic regulations in New Zealand requiring evidence of an items age or source, and few items include proof of their legal eligibility for trade at point of sale.
A confiscated ivory crush event and a ban of the ivory trade altogether are at the top of the list of recommendations in the report, along with an investigation into specific trade matters. Overall, the report notes that the New Zealand trade in ivory is ‘not complimentary' to the international efforts to reduce demand for ivory, as a means to reduce elephant poaching.
This call to the New Zealand Government to crush its confiscated ivory stockpile is formally supported by the African Wildlife Foundation, Born Free Foundation, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Environmental Investigation Agency, Humane Society International, Tanzania Association of Tour Operators and Wildlife Conservation Society.
The report supports a petition, lead by New Zealand teacher and passionate animal advocate Ms Virginia Woolf, requesting the government ban all ivory trade, support a global ban, and implement harsher penalties for illegal trading. Both documents are now registered with the New Zealand House of Representatives.