Success: United Kingdom Plans to Ban Ivory Exports and Sales

Target: Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom

Goal: Thank the British environment minister for calling for a ban on nearly all sales and exports of ivory.

Following pressure from animal rights organizations and outcry from the online community, as seen in petitions such as this one on ForceChange, the United Kingdom has announced plans that it will put an end to the trade of nearly all ivory products. In stating his proposal, Michael Gove, the environment minister for the U.K., stated that he wants to “get as close to a total ban as possible” and that he is pushing for “a ban that is more comprehensive than anywhere in the world.”

Earlier this year, it was revealed that records from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) showed that the United Kingdom was the largest exporter of legal antique ivory carved before 1947. According to experts in the global wildlife trade, the legal export and sale of ivory is often used as a front for illegal trade. It also helps fuel global demand, particularly in Asia. If this ban succeeds, it would likely result in less ivory available in the market overall, which may lower this demand.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, over 22,000 African elephants are killed for their tusks each year. In announcing this near-total ban on ivory sales and exports, the United Kingdom will be making an important first step toward ending the ivory trade altogether, which will save thousands of innocent lives. Sign below to thank the environment minister for this important proposal.


Dear Minister Gove,

I wish to thank you for listening to the voices of animal rights organizations and the public in pushing for a near-total ban on ivory sales and exports in the United Kingdom. With over 22,000 African elephants losing their lives each year to supply the ivory market in Asia, this is a necessary step in the right direction, as it will lessen the global demand for this product. Should the proposed legislation pass, it will be an important signal to the rest of the world that this trade must be brought to an end.

Thank you again for helping to ensure that African elephants will have a future in the wild.


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  1. D. Farrimond says:


  2. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Dear Minister Grove:

  3. I am so pleased too hear I hope it will be immediate this ban must become world wide & be upheld always with real penalties if broken.

  4. Dawn Pettinger says:

    Come on Michael Gove , your one of the good eggs, let’s show the world, you mean business and make an example that we won’t tolerate it any more , the annialation of the elephant. We’re sick and tired of mans inhumanity to the elephant for greed and profit due to the Ivory trade.

  5. Mark Turner says:

    It is a step forward but only one , The only way to stop the the vile trade is a world wide ban , to many countries make profit from this vile trade and in today’s world Money is valued before life, man’s greed is destroying the natural world.

  6. Thank you ?!!!!

  7. Makes a change !!! However nothing has been rubber stamped yet so I suggest people write to the PM Theresa May and if you’re living in the UK, your MP and urge them to stand by Michael Gove.

  8. Thanks so should others

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Thanks, however, nothing’s etched in stone yet so keep contacting the Prime Minister❗️?
    Signed & shared ?

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