Calling the London public: donate your unwanted wildlife products

We know many of you would like to lend your support to stamping out the killing of these majestic animals and now you can help if you are based in London by donating any unwanted wildlife products and telling your friends and family to do the same.This week we are launching Operation Charm’s ‘wildlife donation’ which invites people living in London to give up their unwanted endangered wildlife products.

Operation Charm is a partnership between IFAW, the Metropolitan Police Service, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, WildAid, World Animal Protection and WWF. It was set up to combat the illegal trade in endangered species in London.

Also on IFAW.org: The first step: UN Environmental Assembly commits to eradicating wildlife crime

The initiative is supported by Ricky Gervais who is an active supporter of wildlife campaigns. He commented:

“This is an opportunity for Londoners to show their support and to protect animals from the illegal wildlife trade by giving away any unwanted items made from endangered species such as elephants, tigers and rhinos.”
 

The wildlife donation starts during a week when representatives from countries across the globe are meeting at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee in Geneva to discuss the trade in and the conservation of endangered species including elephants, rhinos and tigers.

This is hot on the heels of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi where illegal wildlife trade and its links to security threats and organised crime were of grave concern.

The illegal wildlife trade generates an estimated US$19 (£11.5) billion per year.

It ranks fourth on the list of the most lucrative global illegal activities behind drugs, counterfeiting and human trafficking. Tragically the safety of local communities in targeted wildlife range states are seriously put at risk by wildlife poaching.

Before the Illegal Wildlife Trade Summit in London in February 2014, which saw 41 countries signing a declaration to stamp out wildlife crime, IFAW launched a UK-wide ivory surrender. I was amazed by the positive response with over 90 kilos of ivory being donated for our public ivory crush which took place as senior politicians gathered to discuss the poaching crisis. It became very clear that many of our supporters had ivory, ranging from trinkets to tusks, that they no longer wanted in their possession as they knew that every piece of ivory represents a dead elephant.

It is very encouraging to see the level of political support for ending the poaching of elephants, rhinos, tigers and other endangered wildlife in order to feed the unnecessary demand for their products such as ivory trinkets, rhino horn items, tiger skins and tiger bone wine.

We know many of you would like to lend your support to stamping out the killing of these majestic animals and now you can help if you are based in London by donating any unwanted wildlife products and telling your friends and family to do the same.

Help us show the world that wildlife belongs alive and well in the wild.

--TMc

You can drop off the items at any operational police station in London. If you are unable to visit a station in person but have items that you would like to give away you can contact the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit on 0208 230 8898 or email: wildlife@met.police.uk  

To find your local police station visit: https://content.met.police.uk/Site/ContactUs 

Items donated will be used for education purposes.

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