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DEFRA Protest

17 November 2016

Categories: Elephants Campaign News, Wildlife Trade News

Born Free joined a protest organised by the campaign group Action for Elephants outside of the Head Quarters of the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in Smith Square in London on Wednesday 16 November.

The protest was organised to coincide with the start of the Wildlife Crime Conference in Hanoi and to draw attention to the governments failure to meet the commitment in its 2015 election manifesto, to shut down all trade in ivory in the UK including for antique products 

Dominic Dyer Policy Advisor at the Born Free Foundation made a speech at the protest drawing attention to the fact that many of the ivory products sold in the UK in auction houses, antique markets and online are from illegal poached ivory, which leads to the continued slaughter of over 30,000 elephants in Africa every year.

He called on the public to continue to engage with their MP's on the need for a complete ban on the ivory trade in the UK and to sign the Downing Street petition to ensure a debate in Westminster is held on this issue in the near future. 

The protest was also attended by the Shadow Environment Secretary, Rachael Maskell MP, who also supported calls for a complete ban on all trade in ivory in the UK and for the government to show leadership to the rest of the world on this issue. 

Watch Anneka Svenska's Green World TV's short film of the event here

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