In December 2018 the UK Government passed the Ivory Act 2018 and hailed it as “world-leading legislation” to protect elephants. More than three years later and it still hasn’t been implemented into law; it is currently just a piece of unused paper. The Government has announced a further delay and says it intends for the Act to come into full force in spring 2022.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has been deeply concerned by the delays to implementation and is now further worried that the Act may not be implemented as effectively as possible.
In the summer of 2021 we published research into the scale of UK ivory trade prior to the ban coming into force. Sadly, the 12-day snapshot of research found that a significant amount of ivory continues to be legally bought and sold in the UK. During the research period, 913 items of ivory were discovered available for sale, averaging around 76 items each day.
We are urging the Government to make the Ivory Act as effective as possible, including introducing an official process for secure disposal and destruction of ivory items donated by the public.
Please join IFAW by writing to your Member of Parliament to ask them to contact the Secretary of State for the Environment, requesting that the Ivory Act is made as effective as possible!