Close up of illegal ivory items on a table

In a new podcast, Dr Caroline Cox discusses how online trade in illegal ivory is continuing despite the UK’s Ivory Act, which bans the sale of elephant ivory.

  • 22 June 2022
  • 2 min read

Earlier this month, the UK’s Ivory Act came into force to ensure protection for world’s elephants. The near total ban on elephant ivory sales is one of the toughest of its kind.

In a new podcast, Dr Caroline Cox, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and lead of The Ivory Project, says despite the ban, which came into force on 6 June, online trade is continuing, especially on auction sites such as eBay.

In a fascinating discussion, Dr Cox talks about how sellers are flouting eBay's self-imposed ban on the sale of elephant ivory by listing it under pseudonyms such as ‘bovine bone’. Dr Cox and her team under took online forensic study and found hundreds of items listed as bovine bone, which were determined to be ivory.
The Fight Against the Ivory Trade | Dr Caroline Cox

Dr Caroline Cox has always loved elephants but it was only after she learned of the critical flaws in the legislation around the sale of ivory that she saw how her research could play a crucial part in the battle to save them.