Sir Roger Gale backs
ivory crush to support elephants ahead of London summit on illegal wildlife
– 10 February 2014) – North Thanet`s MP Sir Roger Gale joined the International Fund for Animal
Welfare (IFAW) on Monday as the charity crushed hundreds of items of unwanted
ivory to help protect elephants from the deadly ivory trade.
destroyed around 100kgs of ivory items ranging from whole elephant tusks to
carvings and jewellery in spectacular fashion in London to raise awareness of
the ivory trade and show support for elephant protection ahead of a major
international summit on the issue.
an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. It is estimated that at
least 25,000 elephants and up to 50,000 are slaughtered each year for their
of the public had donated their unwanted ivory items for the crush event. As
well as ensuring the donated ivory does not find its way onto the marketplace,
IFAW staged the event to symbolise public support for elephants and call for
increased measures to tackle the poaching crisis ahead of a high-level
international summit on illegal wildlife trade taking place in the Capital on
by UK Government, HRH Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge and with senior
government officials from around 50 countries invited to attend, this is an
unprecedented opportunity to influence world leaders to act to protect
elephants, tigers, rhinos and other animals.
Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: We thank Roger for supporting our ivory
surrender which sends a clear message to governments attending the forthcoming
summit that the UK public want to see an end to elephants being slaughtered for
their ivory. We urge delegates attending the summit to do all they can to help end
the poaching crisis and increase protection for elephants and other species by
taking a strong stance against illegal wildlife trade.”
Roger said: I was very pleased to be able to support IFAW's ivory destruction
to raise awareness of this deadly trade which sees elephants killed for
trinkets which nobody needs. It is good that so much ivory has been donated by
the UK public and put beyond use.
the opportunity to highlight the fight against the slaughter of wild animals
during the debate in the Commons last week and ahead of the Lancaster House
summit on Thursday and this IFAW initiative draws further attention to the
who gave up their ivory were invited to attend the destruction event along with
politicians and TV conservationist Bill Oddie. After the items had passed
through a giant crusher, IFAW handed remaining shards to the UK Border Force to
permanently destroy them.
recent ivory destructions in the US, China and France and a similar event
planned in Hong Kong, IFAW’s UK ivory crush added to this growing momentum.
Conservationist and presenter Chris Packham also backed
the ivory surrender and crush. He said: Sadly every piece of ivory represents a dead elephant so we need to stamp
out the trade.”
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