Stop Murdering Elephants for UK Ivory

Target: Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary of the UK

Goal: Follow through on leading the fight to shut down the ivory trade in the European Union.

Harriet Baldwin of the United Kingdom has promised that the UK will be leaders among European nations to end the ivory trade. She said that the UK would lead by example and described the issue as a “personal priority” for Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary. While speaking in Botswana at a conservation summit, Baldwin said: “The UK will lead by example. We will be shutting down our ivory trade. We will be working with the EU to do the same. That is something we can do irrespective of whether we are in the European Union or not.”

Between 2010-2015, the UK was the world’s leading legal ivory exporter. In October of 2017, the UK made good on public outcry to ban ivory, although there are still some significant exemptions. Now, the UK and France are joining together to call on the EU to ban the internal trade of raw, or newly carved, ivory. Currently, there are laws that ban the export of ivory, but that does not stop the production of it within countries. Many African nations want to see EU states go further in their policies to protect against the ivory trade.

This month, the presidents of Botswana, Uganda, and Gabon spearheaded a call for the EU to shut down domestic ivory markets, working toward a global ban and an end of the ivory trade. Tshekedi Khama, Botswana’s environmental minister, said: “If the EU gives us money to train rangers but still allows the exit of the trophies to the EU, that to me is a hypocrisy. Let’s stop the flowery approach that says: ‘I’ve ticked a box and I look good. I’ve given so much, but I’m still allowing you African range states to be challenged by poachers because I haven’t closed the European gates.” Essentially Khama’s argument states that if there is a market for ivory, poaching will continue regardless of measures taken to prevent it. The issue must be addressed at the source.

Sign this petition to urge Boris Johnson, foreign secretary of the UK, to make good on his promises to end the ivory trade in the UK and lead by example in the EU by working to remove exemptions on ivory trade and totally ban the trade of trophies in the UK.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Johnson,

Harriet Baldwin has said that ending the ivory trade in the UK is a personal priority of yours. Right now, dominant legislation in the EU prevents ivory products from being exported, subsequently preventing an international market for trophies. However, domestic markets still exist. In order for poaching to end, laws must be passed to stop all markets, both international and domestic.

I urge you to push for legislation that will ban ivory trade, without exemption, in the UK. This will set an example for the rest of the European Union and help prevent the unnecessary and cruel killing of elephants.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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8 Comments

  1. The last Northern White male rhino died yesterday – except for two females left – the species will be extinct – is this what you want for elephants – if there is no market for the ivory – there will be no poaching – poachers are the scum of society on this planet – stop selling ivory – stop the poachers – save the elephants

  2. RICHARD BARTOLOMEO says:

    Nothing has changed, the British are still believe abusing the nations that they once conquered, enslaved , raping, pillaging the nations when they controlled and dominated three quarters of the worlds population for over 200 years….!

  3. With the recent news that the LAST white horn rhino passed away, this “proves” that poaching must be stopped. We are all connected one way or the other!

  4. Derinda Nilsson says:

    Really need to end poaching. Please try to see the beauty that ivory looks so much better on elephants. It is down right cruel to take what doesn’t belong to you. Please end this ivory trade.

  5. More useless promises not to harm more elephants. Stand up and make good on your promises. See to it that not one more voiceless innocent dies because of man’s greed.

  6. DEFEND THE ELEPHANTS NOW UNITED KINGDOM.

  7. D. Farrimond says:

    WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE STOPPING YOU? – I’M JUST ABOUT OUT OF WORDS ON THIS SUBJECT – JUST DO IT

  8. EVIL, EVIL PEOPLE!

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