Stop Legal Exports of Ivory

Target: Theresa May, British Prime Minister

Goal: Ban the export of antique ivory from the United Kingdom to stop fueling commercial demand.

The United Kingdom is the largest exporter of legal ivory in the world, according to records from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). More troubling is the fact that these exports disproportionately go to the largely uncontrolled markets of China and Hong Kong, where the legal trade may be masking the sale of illegally poached ivory.

It is estimated that in Africa, an elephant falls victim to a poacher’s gun every 15 minutes. Annually, this adds up to over 30,000 elephants slaughtered to feed an insatiable demand for ivory.

The legal export of antique ivory that has been “worked” or “carved” prior to 1976 is only serving to fuel the overall demand for this material. Sign this petition to urge the British government to stop issuing all permits for ivory exports and to destroy existing ivory products.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister May,

The United Kingdom legally exported 36,000 pieces of ivory between 2010 and 2015, according to a report from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). During that time, antique ivory was sent overwhelmingly to countries where the trade is not well regulated, such as China. In many cases, it is likely that so-called legal sales have masked the illegal trade of poached ivory from Africa. Experts also claim that even legal ivory exports help fuel overall demand.

It is estimated that 30,000 elephants are killed annually in Africa at the hands of poachers. There is no need to support this shadowy market through the export of ivory of any kind. We demand that you call for an immediate ban of all ivory exports and that all existing ivory products be destroyed.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Schuyler Shepherd

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5 Comments

  1. Alison Zacharis says:

    In Britain programmes like the Antique Road Show etc, still encourage the buying and selling of this deplorable material under the guise of being antique! If they had ethics they would not be doing so on any part of the recorded show and actively discouraging it. An ivory snuff box, cigarette holder, ivory button or bead etc, despicable trinkets for human pleasure, regardless of whether they were made yesterday or today, were still the brutal result of the appalling suffering and death of truly magnificent elephants. Mankind should be ashamed!

    • Rachael Markson says:

      I had no idea that Antiques Road show was doing that! That’s horrible. Thank you so much for posting this. I’m sure it will help others to become aware of what they’re doing.

  2. Sugandha N. says:

    I don’t understand why there is a demand for ivory but I do know that the people that are buying it must be ignorant fools.

  3. Bev Woodburn says:

    Theresa May, British Prime Minister

    Goal: Ban the export of antique ivory from the United Kingdom to stop fueling commercial demand.

    The United Kingdom is the largest exporter of legal ivory in the world, according to records from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). More troubling is the fact that these exports disproportionately go to the largely uncontrolled markets of China and Hong Kong, where the legal trade may be masking the sale of illegally poached ivory.

    Always fucking China, Hong Kong, Korea and other Asian countries who are responsible for the vile and evil trade of Ivory.

    If we could only eradicate China, Hong Kong, Korea and the other vile and evil Asian countries that are responsible for this evil trade of Ivory and the animal parts of the precious Wildlife for their vile and sadistic false medicinal claims.

  4. Jim Takahashi says:

    UK is as bad as US in many ways – 2 of a kind!

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