Ban UK Ivory Sales

The government has launched a consultation on whether it should end sales of ivory in the UK. We believe it should. Watch this short video about ivory sales in the UK and see what you can do.

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About Us

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

Our View

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

Our View

All commercial sales of raw (or 'unworked') ivory should be banned. Sales of worked ivory should also be banned, with limited exemptions for antiques containing a very small amount of ivory, musical instruments and museums. We also want an end to all commercial imports and exports. Since the starting point would be that all commercial ivory sales are illegal, the onus will be on sellers to prove their item qualifies for exemption.

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

The number of people who respond to the consultation is critical. The more members of the public respond, the more the Government will take notice. Please share this website and the consultation with your friends and contacts on social media. Encourage them to respond. 

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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