It’s difficult to imagine Africa without elephants, but their population is rapidly declining at a rate of 55 elephants per day.
In the UK, trade of elephant ivory antiques produced before 1947 is currently legal. This trade is keeping demand for ivory high and enabling illegal activity to continue as it is concealed in legal shipments, many of which are heading for Asia.
Losing a keystone species, such as the African elephant, has enormous ecological consequences. But, that aside, elephants are socially complex intelligent animals that suffer from the loss of family members. They have a strong hierarchical group structure, so removing individuals is detrimental to their well being and survival.
We urge you to sign WWF’s petition that calls on the UK government to ban all legal ivory trade in the UK. Help stop poaching overseas by influencing our politicians and ensure punishment for illegal traders and poachers in England and Wales. Sign the petition now!