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Letter presented to UK Prime Minister

The letter below, co-signed by STEP, was delivered to PM David Cameron at 10, Downing Street earlier this month, by our friends at Action for Elephants UK. The message to Mr. Cameron: Ban All Ivory Trade in the UK. We are still waiting for a reply…

Photographs of the event can be seen at the following link: http://www.charlescoates.co.uk/section804458_679827.html#!

 

AfEUK

Dear Prime Minister,

 

Our group Action for Elephants UK and the undersigned are writing to appeal to you to ban all trade in ivory in the UK, as promised in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto in 2010 and reiterated in its 2015 manifesto.

 

Action for Elephants UK is a grass-roots advocacy group dedicated to raising awareness and taking action on behalf of elephants both in the wild and captivity. In particular, we are working to end the elephant poaching crisis and ivory trade. Our group has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2013, reflecting the increasing public concern for the ongoing poaching crisis that is decimating elephants in the wild.

 

It is estimated that upwards of 35,000 elephants continue to be slaughtered for their ivory every year. At this rate of poaching, the two species of African elephants (savannah and forest) could disappear from the wild within a generation. The window of opportunity for saving them is rapidly shrinking. As you are aware, the most significant way that elephants can be saved from extinction is by ending consumer demand for ivory and closing down domestic ivory markets, everywhere.

 

At present a legal ivory trade exists in the UK. Within the EU, the UK is one of the largest markets for ivory; the UK sells significant amounts of ivory on online marketplaces. Any legal trade enables and encourages illegal trade in ivory, while continuing to perpetuate the cycle of supply and demand.

Further, it makes it more difficult to urge China to adopt an ivory ban if the UK and other western countries have failed to do the same.

 

In the 5 years since the Conservative Party committed to ending ivory trade in 2010, elephant numbers have crashed in what has become the worst poaching crisis ever. Between 2010 and 2012 over 100,000 elephants were brutally slaughtered for their ivory. Tanzania alone has lost 60% of its elephant population, and Mozambique around half. The trade is fuelled by organized criminal syndicates and widespread corruption, and terrorist groups are also involved in, and partly funded by, poaching and trafficking.

 

In 2014, the US government announced federal initiatives to ban ivory, and in July 2015 President Obama proposed new regulations that would virtually eliminate all ivory trade in the US. In February 2015, China imposed a 1-year ban on the import of carved ivory, and in May announced it would ‘take measures to strictly control its ivory trade until eventually halting commercial processing and the sale of ivory and its products’.

 

Now is the time for the UK to join the global momentum and for the government to turn its promise to ban all ivory trade into long overdue action.

 

Prime Minister, on behalf of all concerned citizens in the UK, we respectfully appeal to you to honour your pledge and commit the UK to ending all domestic trade in ivory once and for all.

 

We thank you for your attention and consideration.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Action for Elephants UK

 

And we, the undersigned:

 

Rosemary Alles

Co-founder, March for Elephants, San Francisco CA

 

Damian Aspinall

Chairman, The Aspinall Foundation

 

Mike Baker

Chief Executive, World Animal Protection

 

Claire Bass

Executive Director, Humane Society International UK (HSI UK)

 

Sport Beattie

Game Rangers International

 

Sarah Blaine

CEO and Founder of Mahouts Elephant Foundation

 

Scott Blais

Co-founder, Global Sanctuary for Elephants

 

Richard Bonham

Co-founder & Director, Big Life Foundation

 

Rob Brandford

Director David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust iworry Campaign

and

Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E

Chairman David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

 

Carol Buckley

Founder, Elephant Aid International

 

Reute Butler

President, Friends of Conservation US

and

Jorie Butler Kent

Founder and Chairman, Friends of Conservation

 

Amanda Bleasby
Operations Director,
Friends of Conservation UK

 

Julie Callahan

Co-founder, March for Elephants, Santa Cruz CA

 

Nicky Campbell

TV and radio presenter

 

Salisha Chandra

Founding member – Kenyans United Against Poaching – KUAPO Trust

 

Stefano & Liz Cheli

CEOs, Cheli & Peacock Safaris and the C&P Community Trust

 

Katherine Connor
Founder and CEO Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary

 

Core Organizers

The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

 

Ian Craig

Director of Conservation, The Northern Rangelands Trust

 

Brian Davies

Network for Animals

 

Arend de Haas
Co-founder & Director, African Conservation Foundation

 

Iain Douglas-Hamilton CBE

Founder and CEO, Save the Elephants

 

Lee Durrell

Honorary Director, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

 

Dr Keith Dutlow

Trustee and Director, AWARE Trust Zimbabwe

 

Dominic Dyer

CEO Badger Trust & Policy Advisor Born Free Foundation

 

Dr Kate Evans

Founder & Director, Elephants for Africa

 

Peter Fearnhead

CEO, African Parks

 

Sudarshani Fernando

Co-founder & Facilitator, Sentinels Against Wildlife Crime (SAWC)

 

Ricky Gervais

Writer and producer

 

Jane Goodall PhD DBE

Founder the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

 

Dr Max Graham

Founder & CEO Space for Giants

 

Raabia Hawa
Executive Director,
Ulinzi Africa Foundation& Founder of Walk With Rangers Initiative

 

Stephanie Hilbourne OBE

Chief Executive, The Wildlife Trusts

 

Liz Hosken

Director, The Gaia Foundation

 

Sujeewa Jasinghe

Co-founder & Director, Centre for Eco-cultural Studies (CES)

 

Stanley Johnson

Author and conservationist

 

Dr Trevor Jones

Director, Southern Tanzania Elephant Program

 

Paula Kahumbu, O.G.W
Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Direct

 

Max and Josh Kauderer

Founders, Elephant Highway

 

Alan Knight OBE

CEO, International Animal Rescue

 

Peter Knights
Executive Director, WildAid

 

Hussein Lalani

Former CEO, 99p Stores

 

James Littlewood

Director, Natural History Society of Northumbria

 

Joanna Lumley OBE

 

Philip Mansbridge

Director, UK – International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

 

Struan McDougall
Chief Executive, Cambridge Capital Group

 

Virginia McKenna OBE Hon Dr Science

Founder, Born Free Foundation

and

Will Travers

President, Born Free Foundation

 

Kate Moore

Programmes Manager, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust

 

Dr. Ciaran Mundy and Dominic Neate

Trustees, One World Wildlife

 

Ingrid E Newkirk

Founder, PETA

 

Graeme Oliver

Director, Poached Rhino

 

Asgar Pathan

Executive Director, Care for the Wild Kenya

 

Dr. Mark Pilgrim

Director General, Chester Zoo, former chair UK Elephant Welfare Group

 

Ian Redmond

Independent wildlife biologist, Founder of the African Ele-Fund and Ambassador for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species

 

Mary Rice

Executive Director, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

 

Jo Roberts

CEO, The Wilderness Foundation

 

John Roberts

Director of Elephants, Golden Triangle Elephant Foundation

 

Jen Samuel
Elephants DC, President

 

Noor Santosian

Founder, Africa Nomads Conservation

 

John Sauven

Executive Director, Greenpeace UK

 

David Shepherd CBE

Founder and President of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

 

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith

Bishop of St Albans

 

Craig Spencer

Founder and Executive Director, Black Mamba APU

Head Warden, Balule Nature Reserve

 

Patsy Stagman

Rhino Conservation Dubai

 

Ian Stevenson

CEO Conservation Lower Zambezi

Yvette Taylor

International Executive Director, Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization

 

Janet Thomas

Founder and Chairperson, Animal Aid Abroad Inc.

 

Jaime Unwin and Hannah Pollock

Co-Founders, Stand up for Nature

 

Stephanie Vergniault

Founder and Executive Director, SOS Elephants

 

Rory Young

Co-Founder, Chengeta Wildlife

 

Members of UK Parliament:

 

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

MP, Ochil and South Perthshire

 

David Anderson

MP, Blaydon

 

Clive Betts

MP, Sheffield South East

 

Alan Brown
MP, Kilmarnock and Loudoun

 

Nick Brown

MP, Newcastle upon Tyne East

 

Fiona Bruce

MP, Congleton

 

Lisa Cameron

MP, East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

 

Alan Campbell

MP, Tynemouth

 

Alistair Carmichael

MP, Orkney and Shetland

 

Maria Caulfield

MP, Lewes

 

Mark Durkan

MP, Derry

 

Vicky Foxcroft

MP, Lewisham Deptford

 

Roger Godsiff

MP, Birmingham Hall Green

 

Zac Goldsmith

MP, Richmond Park

 

Helen Goodman

MP, Bishop Auckland

 

George Kerevan

MP, East Lothian

 

Chris Law

MP, Dundee West

 

Caroline Lucas

MP, Brighton Pavilion

 

Justin Madders

MP, Ellesmere Port and Neston

 

John Mann
MP, Bassetlaw

 

John McDonnell

MP, Hayes and Harlington

 

Grahame Morris

MP, Easington

 

Kate Osamor

MP, Edmonton

 

Andrew Rosindell

MP, Romford

 

Cat Smith

MP, Lancaster and Fleetwood

 

Jeff Smith

MP, Manchester Withington

 

John Spellar

MP, Warley

 

 

Members of the House of Lords 

 

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb

 

Lord and Lady Judd

 

Baroness (Ruth) Lister of Burtersett

 

Lord Stoddart of Swindon

 

Baroness Young of Old Scone

 

 

Members of the European Parliament:

 

Catherine Bearder

MEP, South East England

 

Dominique Bilde

MEP, France

 

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Richard Corbitt

MEP, Yorkshire and The Humber

 

Seb Dance

MEP, London

 

Anneliese Dodds

MEP, South East of England

 

Stefan Eck

MEP, Germany

 

Bas Eickhout

MEP, The Netherlands

 

Neena Gill

MEP, West Midlands

 

Julie Girling

MEP, South West England

 

Jeppe Kofod

MEP, Denmark

 

Jean Lambert

MEP, London

 

David Martin

MEP, The Lothians

 

Marlene Mizzi

MEP, Malta

 

Pavel Poc

MEP, Czech Republic

 

Michèle Rivasi

MEP, France

 

Molly Scott Cato

MEP, South West of England

 

Bart Staes

MEP, Belgium

 

Keith Taylor

MEP, South East Region

 

Claude Turmes

MEP, Luxembourg

 

Ernest Urtasun

MEP, Spain

 

Ivo Vajgl

MEP, Slovenia