Cambridge charity shop takes powerful stand against ivory!

Homelessness charity Emmaus Cambridge’s warehouse regularly receives donations from local residents in Cambridgeshire. However, last month they received some items that gave them pause for thought - two parasols and a bottle-stop made of authentic, rare elephant ivory.

Not wanting to support the trade in dead elephant parts in any form, rather than selling these items on in their shop, they decided to send them to us to safely dispose of as part of our Big Ivory Surrender.

 This sets a great example to other second-hand and vintage shops that might end up with ivory items in stock.

We’re still waiting for the law to change to make buying and selling ivory illegal in this country (although we’ve seen some very promising recent progress from the Government). But that shouldn’t stop people who care about the future of elephants from acting now, and doing everything they can to remove ivory from the market. Thank you, Emmaus Cambridge!

Many people in the UK have bought or inherited ivory tusks, carvings or trinkets that they do not want now they understand that an elephant died to make them. We’re encouraging people to surrender their unwanted ivory, whether legal or illegal, so we can ensure it is put beyond use, and so that it will not resurface on the market or help fuel further illegal poaching of elephants to satisfy consumer demand.

With at least 20,000 elephants being killed for their tusks every year, we have to do everything we can. Even older ivory items can contribute to poaching, because when they’re exported to Asia they may help fuel demand and create the idea that ivory is somehow desirable.

So if you have any unwanted ivory at home, please take part in the Big Ivory Surrender and send them to us – we’ll work with law enforcement agencies to make sure it can never be used to perpetuate the ivory trade in any shape or form.

--CS

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