I don’t know if you managed to catch my documentary series on BBC One, Saving Africa’s Elephants: Hugh and the Ivory War. If you missed it, you can still find it on
BBC iPlayer here.
I am very much hoping that our films, combined with the united voice of the UK’s most dedicated conservation bodies and elephant scientists, will help to bring about the “total ban” on UK ivory that our Government has been promising us for over five years now. I’m convinced that that’s the only way to stop the corrupt Asian market from buying up our historic stocks of carved ivory. And we need to stop that. Otherwise we will continue to fuel both the legal and the illegal ivory trade, and we will remain complicit in the slaughter of Africa’s elephants.
If you feel the same way, you can now make your voice heard too.
All you need to do is click here to sign the petition! VIDEO
Now is a good time to sign it! This Thursday an international conference on the illegal wildlife trade will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital. It will be attended by officials and experts including Prince William, a vocal critic of the illegal wildlife trade. Our Minister for the Environment, Right Hon Andrea Leadsom, will be there too. If we can get 100,000 people to sign this petition it will become increasingly hard for Right Hon Leadsom and Parliament to ignore it!
If you would like a couple of quick reads that summarises the issues about UK Ivory that we raised in our films, you might want to have a look at this piece I wrote for the
Daily Mirror, and the letter I co-signed to the Daily Telegraph.
Do join us. The more of us that speak up, the better the chances we’ll see action from the Government. And that really will help save Africa’s elephants.
Thanks so much,