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Meg backs campaign to save elephants

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Meg Munn MP has shown her support for elephants by backing the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)’s ivory surrender. She attended their campaign launch at the House of Commons held to highlight the illegal trade in ivory, and saw some of the huge elephant tusks involved.


Surprisingly, new Ipsos MORI polling shows that more than a third of adults in Yorkshire and the Humber Region are unaware that elephants have to die before their ivory can be obtained. Almost four million British residents are currently owners of ivory and the IFAW are calling on them to send in any unwanted items of ivory to ensure they do not end up back on the commercial market.


The global illegal trade in wildlife is estimated to be worth 12 billion annually, second only to the illicit trade in drugs and arms. Ivory forms a significant part of this. Seizures of illegal ivory are skyrocketing and recent stockpile sales to Japan and China sent a signal to poachers that it is open season on elephants.


Meg said:


“I am pleased to be backing the ivory surrender, and urge my constituents to send in unwanted items of ivory to IFAW and back their campaign for greater protection for elephants.”


Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK, said:


Every piece of ivory represents a dead elephant and we are grateful to Meg for showing her commitment to elephant protection. We are holding a UK-wide ivory surrender to help raise awareness of the threats facing elephants, and to encourage the UK Government to push its pledge to press for a ban of ivory sales internationally.”


Anyone who would like to donate ivory can email ivory@ifaw.org or call 020 7587 6709. Further information about the campaign can be found at www.ifaw.org/ivory


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