When Lynne and I first started Qwerk Emporium it was because of our concerns over the vast amounts of waste being discarded with its long-term effects on the environment. Of equal concern was the treatment of wildlife along with their natural habitats and in particularly endangered species. That is why we are so pleased to see new UK legislation coming into force regarding the sale of ivory.
The environment secretary, Michael Gove, describing trade in ivory as “abhorrent”, has stated that the UK will introduce one of the world’s toughest bans on ivory sales to protect elephants for future generations. This is excellent news.
The new legislation has also been welcomed by the conservation organisation TUSK. According to TUSK illegal wildlife trading is the fourth largest criminal activity after drugs, arms and human trafficking. This has seen a reduction in the African elephant population over the last forty years from 1.3 million to less than 400,000. Currently the UK is one of the biggest importers of ivory. Although a lot of the ivory market trade is deemed legal by current legislation, it is known that illegally sourced ivory is still traded within these markets.
The ban makes exemptions only for musical instruments containing a small amount of ivory, some antiques, and museum objects. http://banukivorysales.co.uk is worried that this may be used as a loophole for illegal ivory sales. Their aim is to stop people making money out of dealing in ivory. One way to do this is to remove ivory’s economic value, thereby removing the poacher’s incentive. To end poaching we must end demand. Just say NO to ivory!
Here at Qwerk Emporium we are really hoping this new legislation will stop this merciless killing of these majestic, beautiful animals and that banukivorysales.co.uk fears are not realised.