Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Luke attends IFAW event calling for a total ban against ivory trading

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On 13 September, Luke attended an event with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), supporting urgent calls for greater protection for elephants slaughtered in the ivory trade.

The event unveiled a new report which found the UK and European Union is still a destination for some ivory coming from the illegal ivory trade.  This trade has resulted in at least 20,000 elephant deaths per year, putting elephants at a real risk for extinction.   

Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW has called for government to impose a total ivory trade ban in the UK – citing that in 2015 110 kilos were seized at Heathrow airport.

Luke said:

“A lot of people in Plymouth have written to me, concerned about the illegal trade in ivory. I am a long-time supporter of animal welfare and animal rights and I am very pleased to support IFAW’s campaign to increase protection for elephants.

In the recent election, the Labour manifesto clearly stated we will create and enforce a total ban on ivory trading. I was extremely disappointed to see the Conservatives dropped an ivory ban from their manifesto. The situation is serious - if we do not act we risk passing on a world to our grandchildren without elephants. This is unacceptable.” 

Anyone wishing to donate ivory items to IFAW’s ivory surrender is asked to post them to: Campaigns Department, International Fund for Animal Welfare, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UD. For queries or large items, email info-uk@ifaw.org or call 020 7587 6700.

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Luke Pollard posted about Luke attends IFAW event calling for a total ban against ivory trading on Luke Pollard's Facebook page 2017-09-19 20:45:42 +0100
The ivory trade is pushing elephants to extinction - I back IFAW's call for total ban #Plymouth
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