WATCH: Dubai airport passengers say no to ivory

IFAW’s campaign with Ministry of Environment and Water in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai Police, and Dubai International Airport aims to reduce the demand on ivory worldwide.In a way to measure the impact of our "Ivory smuggling leads to prosecution" campaign against the illegal ivory trade that was held in Dubai International Airport, IFAW conducted a survey of 942 passengers during the campaign's run to get their opinion regarding elephant poaching and the smuggling of ivory.

The campaign was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Water in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai Police, and Dubai International Airport aiming to reduce the demand on ivory worldwide.

IFAW research shows education’s impact in China: 70% of the Chinese do not know ivory comes from dead elephants;  83% say that they would not purchase ivory if they knew elephants are killed for the ivory trade.

We had the chance to meet up with travelers from everywhere in the world who were so enthusiastic to talk to us about the challenges facing the facing the elephants and animals in danger.

Syafri Adnan Baharuddin (right), Indonesian Ambassador to the United Nations to the WTO, poses with Ahmad Abouzahra, IFAW Dubai campaigns assistant, to show his support for the IFAW campaign.

In this video, you will know more about the campaign and short messages from passengers.

Khalid Mohamed Alshenasi, Environmental Educator, UAE Ministry of Environment and Water, introduces two passengers to the IFAW survey.Our message “Ivory smuggling leads to prosecution” has been delivered to around 744,809 (Seven hundred forty four thousand, eight hundred and nine passengers). After doing the survey, we found the following:

  • 93.5% agree that trade in all elephant ivory products should be banned.
  • 93% agree that there are good alternative souvenirs that they could buy instead of ones made from wildlife.
  • 91% agree on punishing ivory smugglers.
  • 79% agree that purchasing souvenirs made of wildlife parts threatens the survival of wild animals.

From the survey data, one can conclude our campaign is having success.

-- AA

Visit IFAW’s program page to learn how our public outreach campaigns reduce consumer ivory demand. 

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