IFAW Launcy Ivory Surrender 2017

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20 Jul 2017
Doncater Central MP Rosie Winterton attended the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) event in Parliament this week to launch a new ivory surrender to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade.

Elephant populations are at an all-time low with the species facing extinction due to the ivory poaching crisis which is killing at least 20,000 elephants each year and members of the public are being invited to surrender their own ivory which will be destroyed as part of a campaign to close the UK’s ivory market and save this iconic species from the threat of extinction.

IFAW, which has run previous successful public ivory surrenders in the UK, believes it is vital now more than ever before that the British public stand up for elephants by helping to end consumer demand for ivory products and keep up the pressure for a domestic ban on the ivory trade.

Dame Rosie Winterton said: “This important IFAW initiative enables members of the public to make a real difference for elephants and their future survival and help ensure that ivory is only valued on a live, wild elephant, where it belongs.”

The legal ivory trade often provides a smokescreen for more illegal killing of elephants and by donating unwanted ivory, IFAW believes members of the public can make a positive contribution to elephant protection. A small number of ivory items will be retained for education and publicity purposes while other donations will be immediately transferred to a secret and secure location and ultimately destroyed by the appropriate Government agency.

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, email info-uk@ifaw.org or call 020 7587 6700.

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Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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