Ban UK Ivory Sales

We welcome the government's announcement on 3 April 2018 that it will go ahead and introduce legislation for an ivory trade ban in the UK. This followed the consultation process, which had one of the largest responses to any government consultation. Please go to 'What the Ban Means' for a summary of the proposed law.

Elephants need your help.

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Image credit: Africa Tanzania Tarangire National Park by Environmental Investigation Agency

About Us

Some 20,000 elephants are slaughtered each year for their ivory and only bold action can save this iconic creature from being poached to extinction. We are a group of organisations committed to working together with the goal of harnessing widespread public support to persuade the UK Government to play a meaningful role on the world stage by taking the bold action of shutting down all UK ivory markets without delay.

Why action is needed

African elephants are being devastated by poaching to meet consumer demand for ivory. The UK has one of the world’s largest domestic ivory markets, particularly in colonial times when the ivory of more than one million elephants was imported for everything from ornaments to piano keys. Much of it is still traded, both here and in Asian markets, to which the UK is the world’s largest exporter. To end poaching, we must end all demand.

Why action is needed

Image credit: Elephant mourning at scene of poached carcass, Kenya by Environmental Investigation Agency

What the ban means

Image credit: Elephant in Chobe National Park, Botswana by Environmental Investigation Agency

What the ban means

As a result of the govenment's announcement on 3 April, we have put together a summary of the main elements of the Government’s proposed ban on the UK ivory trade.

Facts and fallacies

The antiques lobby claims sales of antique ivory have no link to elephants being killed today, that a ban would drive dealers out of business, family heirlooms would have to be destroyed or forfeited and museums would have to start emptying their exhibit cases. Understand the scaremongering and read for yourself the full facts of the impact of a UK ivory trade ban.

Facts and fallacies

Image credit: Two Elephants in Addo Elephant National Park by Brian Snelson

What you can do

We have the opportunity to influence Government policy - working together, we really can make a difference.

Image credit: Elephants at Chobe River, Botswana, by Joachim Huber

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