Help us protect elephants by supporting our UK ivory surrender

Everyone can help by encouraging friends, family and colleagues to surrender any ivory items in support.This is an exciting time for us, as in mid-February, London will be the centre of attention as it hosts some unprecedented events aimed at tackling the elephant poaching crisis and other issues affecting the planet’s wildlife.

It is shocking to think that on average, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. The rate at which elephants are being slaughtered is alarming - it is estimated that at least 25,000 elephants and as many as 50,000 are slaughtered each year for their ivory.

However, there may be light at the end of the tunnel as the crisis has been gaining increased attention across the globe. I was delighted to learn that in response the UK has decided to take the lead by hosting an international summit in London (February 13) on illegal wildlife trade which will examine issues affecting elephants, tigers, rhinos and other animals.

Heads of State and Environmental Secretaries of State from over 50 countries have been invited to attend, and the event is being hosted by UK Government, HRH Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge so this is an extremely important time to influence world leaders to act to protect wildlife.

As all eyes will be on London in the next few days and weeks, we are once again appealing to you to help by sending us your unwanted ivory items as we stage an ivory surrender to help raise awareness of this cruel trade. You may have seen this covered by the Independent newspaper.

Everyone can help by encouraging friends, family and colleagues to surrender any ivory items in support. By donating unwanted ivory items you will be making a positive contribution to help protect elephants.

Several countries have recently held public destructions of ivory including the US and China. More and more countries are following suit with France and, most recently, Hong Kong pledging to destroy their ivory stockpiles.

To take advantage of this building momentum, IFAW is organising an eye-catching destruction of ivory to show that it should be put beyond use. The crush will be at a central London location ahead of this important Summit.

By crushing the ivory we aim to send a strong symbolic message of public support for the UK Government’s strong stance against illegal wildlife trade and its efforts to further protect elephants from the illegal ivory trade. Your support will ensure we have maximum impact.

So please join in with our ivory surrender and send us any unwanted ivory items as soon as you can to ensure they can be included in our crush event. If you don’t own any ivory, please spread the message to others as much as you can.

If you would like to donate your ivory please post it to:

Campaigns Department

International Fund for Animal Welfare

87-90 Albert Embankment

London

SE1 7UD

Thank you for your support for elephants.

-- Tania McCrea-Steele

If you have any queries or have a large item to donate, please email info-uk@ifaw.org or call 0207 587 6700

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Experts

Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Dr. Cynthia Moss, IFAW Elephant Expert
IFAW Elephant Expert
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Program Director, Elephants Regional Director, South Africa
Program Director, Elephants, Regional Director, South Africa
Peter Pueschel, Director, International Environmental Agreements
Director, International Environmental Agreements
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Regional Director, South Asia