Help Ban the UK Ivory Market and Save Elephants

The UK government has proposed to introduce a total ban on the UK ivory market that could go a long way toward shutting down the global ivory trade and ending the brutal killing of elephants for their tusks.

African elephants are in crisis: Some scientists predict African forest elephants could be extinct in less than a decade and the population of savanna elephants declined by 30% between 2007 and 2014, primarily due to poaching.

The UK’s large legal ivory market is contributing to this disaster, since legal ivory markets facilitate parallel illegal markets. Indeed, the UK government estimates that there are more than 2 million ivory items in the UK at present. And the UK is one of the largest exporters of ivory items to China and Hong Kong — the world’s top ivory markets. Especially given that China and Hong Kong have committed to ending their ivory markets in the near future, we must prevent ivory from crossing their borders.

Tell UK leaders to follow through on their proposal and issue the strongest possible rules that will crack down on sales of ivory in the UK and save elephants from extinction.

The UK government has proposed to introduce a total ban on the UK ivory market that could go a long way toward shutting down the global ivory trade and ending the brutal killing of elephants for their tusks. Tell UK leaders to follow through on their proposal and issue the strongest possible rules that will crack down on sales of ivory in the U.K. and save elephants from extinction.

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Prime Minister Theresa May
Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary, UK Department for Environment, Food, & Rural Affairs

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Ban the UK ivory market

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