UK public urged to give up their ivory for destruction to help protect elephants from further slaughter

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
London, UK

Members of the public are being urged to donate their unwanted ivory items to be crushed to raise awareness of the illegal ivory trade and help protect elephants.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) will stage the public destruction at a central London location to highlight the poaching crisis ahead of next month’s high level international summit on illegal wildlife trade to be held in the capital on February 13.

Hosted by UK Government, HRH Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge and with senior government officials from around 50 countries invited to attend, this is an unprecedented opportunity to influence world leaders to act to protect elephants, tigers, rhinos and other animals.

Alarmingly, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. It is estimated that at least 25,000 elephants and up to 50,000 are slaughtered each year for their tusks.

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “IFAW is launching a UK-wide ivory surrender to highlight the plight of elephants at a key time in the run up to the London summit on illegal wildlife trade. We are encouraging members of the public to donate their ivory as a token of support for elephants and to spread the word to friends, family and colleagues. By donating ivory items, people can be sure this ivory will not end up on the market again or have a commercial value.

“We will be crushing all surrendered ivory around the time of the summit, encouraging attending governments to take a strong stance against illegal wildlife trade and calling for increased protection for elephants.”

With recent ivory destructions in the US and China and similar events planned in France and Hong Kong, IFAW’s UK ivory crush will add to this growing momentum and send a strong symbolic message of public support for the UK Government’s stance against illegal wildlife trade. MPs and celebrities will be invited to attend the event with further details to be released shortly.

Anyone wishing to donate ivory items is asked to post them to: Campaigns Department, International Fund for Animal Welfare, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UD. For queries or large items, please email info-uk@ifaw.org or call 0207 587 6700.

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