In December 2018 the UK Government passed the Ivory Act 2018 and hailed it as “world-leading legislation” to protect elephants. Nearly three years later and the Act still hasn’t been implemented into law; it is currently just a piece of unused paper. The Government promises it will be implemented as soon as possible, with talk of this happening before the end of 2021.
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.
We recently commissioned research to look at the current scale of UK ivory trade before the ban comes 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 therefore 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 and urging them to get the Secretary of State for the Environment to make the Ivory Act as effective as possible!