Time to Ban the Ivory Trade

An elephant is killed every 15 minutes in Africa - more than 140,000 elephants have been poached between 2007 and 2014 - their blood stained bodies discarded in the bush.  

Now it's time for the UK to take a stand for elephants and demonstrate global leadership by closing the UK’s domestic ivory markets. Save Me Trust is calling for the British government to close the antique and modern ivory markets and stop the transit of any ivory products through the UK. 

Introducing a ban sends a powerful message that Britain is committed to the protection of the world’s threatened elephants and reinforces our role as a global leader in tackling illegal wildlife trade.

The international trade in ivory has been banned since 1989 but in many countries, including the US, UK and China, domestic trade in antiques was allowed to continue. However, the reality is that without stopping the ivory trade dead - we will kill all the elephants and drive these incredible animals to extinction in our lifetimes.

In the last year we’ve seen huge steps in the battle against elephant poaching including China, which has the world’s largest ivory market, announcing they will ban domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017. Only the full closure of the UK’s domestic market will effectively contribute to international efforts to tackle the illegal ivory trade and protect elephants.

Anne Brummer, CEO of Save Me Trust, said “We have seen a never ending ‘circle of destruction’ since the ivory stock piles were sold off in 1998 and again in 2008, this has reignited the demand and led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of elephants - it has to stop - we need to kill the trade before it kills all the elephants. I have been meeting with Michael Gove and am very impressed with his support and commitment on this issue.”.

Save Me Trust’s proposal, given to Environment Minister Rt Hon Michael Gove, is set to outlaw the sale of all ivory in the UK - antique or modern - and ban the transit of ivory products through the UK. It is being supported by Lord Stockton, Boris Johnson and Stanley Johnson.

Save Me has been actively campaigning to stop the UK ivory trade. Last autumn we started a government petition that attracted over 100,000 signatures and forced a debate in Parliament that took place in February 2017. At the time Dr. Brian May said; “These sentient beings and their multi-generation family groups are being driven to extinction because of human greed and a desire for ‘trinkets’. This has to stop. How could we begin to explain that we let elephants become extinct on our watch!”.

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