The campaign is initiated by the British Embassy Bangkok. The task simply is to address one of the greatest challenges facing humankind. How can we protect the magnificence of the natural world from the criminal gangs who threaten humans just as surely as they plunder the planet? The global population of vertebrate animals has fallen by almost 60% since 1970. It’s even worse news for particular animals such as the elephant.
Forty years ago, Africa had about 1.3 million elephants. Today, the figure is down by two thirds to 415,000. In 2017, the authorities in Hong Kong achieved the biggest ivory seizure in history, intercepting a shipment of tusks weighing 7.2 tonnes. For that consignment, the smugglers or their accomplices will have killed at least 700 elephants. It is not just African elephants in danger, the Asian elephant (common to Thailand) is also at risk.
This microsite has been developed as a hub to house facts and figures on illegal wildlife trade in general, as well as the ivory trade, and information on what is being done to combat the international crime.
“If you placed all the people in the world on a giant set of scales, they would weigh about 300 million tonnes. But if you gathered all the surviving wild animals – of every size and species – and placed them on the other end of the scales, their combined mass would be less than 100 million tonnes, three times less than us.”
JEREMY HUNT, UK FOREIGN MINISTER
Making A Difference
ELEPHANT SANCTUARIES IN THAILAND
The solution to sustaining the elephant population is not just through government intervention and long-term planning, tourist and visitor participation is also key. Responsible travel promotes the sustainable development of destinations by minimising negative impacts and maximising positive ones for both the environment and the people and living creatures living in them.
Here we have compiled a list of responsible elephant sanctuaries in Thailand to visit. These elephant camps and sanctuaries have been approved according to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Global Standards for Animals in Tourism.
ACT ON ILLEGAL IVORY TRADE
The ultimate goal is to tackle the illegal wildlife trade as a serious crime carried out by organised criminals, and to close markets for illegally traded wildlife products, including ivory.
In 2018, The UK parliament passed tough new legislation to close its domestic ivory market. The Ivory Act 2018 will bring into effect a total ban on dealing in (e.g. sale, purchase or hire) ivory and items containing ivory in the UK, with the exception of items meeting one of five narrow exemption categories for items that will not directly or indirectly fuel the poaching of elephants. The ban will also cover the import and re-export of ivory items to or from the UK. Preparations are now underway to bring the ban into force in 2019. The intention is not to cause any trade displacement onto other ivory-bearing species. As a result, the Ivory Act 2018 will be extended to gather evidence and information on other ivory-bearing species.
In addition, The UK has also formed a new coalition of political leaders, conservationists and celebrities dedicated to defeating the illegal trade in ivory. The Ivory Alliance, as the coalition is known, aims to tackle ivory demand and lobby for domestic market closure, and stronger enforcement of bans or other ivory legislation in key demand transit markets.
Any change is a positive change: any small change contributes to a bigger change. By raising awareness about elephant poaching, people can become empowered with just a small commitment to not buy ivory products
Would you like to support our efforts? Share our pledge on your social media page and commit to not
buying ivory products.
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”
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