David Hanson MP joins North Wales police on Saturday to back ivory surrender and protect elephants
(London, 24th March 2011) David Hanson, MP for Delyn, and Sgt Rob Taylor, Wildlife Officer of North Wales police force are to show their support for elephants by backing the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)’s ivory surrender at the police station in Chapel Street, Flint on Saturday 26th March at 11am.
They will be handing over 5 foot-long ivory tusks donated by a Delyn constituent to representatives of IFAW.
The illegal trade in wildlife is estimated to be worth £12 billion annually, second only to the illicit trade in drugs and arms. Ivory forms a major part of this and seizures of illegal ivory are skyrocketing. Recently stockpile sales to Japan and China sent a signal to poachers that it is open season on elephants. The lesson is crystal clear: any legal ivory trade leads to illegal killing.
David Hanson MP is calling on members of the public to send in any items of ivory they may have to IFAW, to draw attention to the illegal trade in ivory and show support for the campaign to protect elephants. He said, “I am pleased to be backing the ivory surrender, and urge my constituents to send in unwanted items of ivory to IFAW and back their campaign for greater protection for elephants.”
Sgt Taylor, the Wildlife Officer of the North Wales police said, “This is a worldwide problem that seriously risks the future existence of the elephant and we in North Wales Police are more than happy to support this initiative. The more that we can limit the trade in ivory the greater chance we have of protecting these magnificent animals for our future generations.”
Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK, said: “We are very grateful to David Hanson and North Wales Police for showing their commitment to elephant protection. Every piece of ivory represents a dead elephant. That is why we are holding a UK-wide ivory surrender to help raise awareness of the threats facing elephants and to encourage the UK Government to push its pledge to press for a ban of ivory sales internationally.”
For more information contact:
Tania McCrea-Steele , Senior Campaigns Officer, on 020 7587 6709, mobile 07801 613520, email [email protected]
About IFAW – With offices in 15 countries, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. We rescue and provide veterinary care to individual animals and advocate for the protection of entire populations. For more information visit our websitewww.ifaw.org