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Extending the Ivory Act (Now Concluded)

Should the Government extend the Ivory Act to protect non-elephant animals? 


Yes! This would absolutely be a step in the right direction. As legislation has tightened in recent years, poachers look for easier targets. That's why we need to protect non-elephant animals, too. The Government are seeking opinions on whether we (you) think any of the the following animals should be explicitly protected under the Ivory Act:

  • Common Hippopotamus 

  • Killer Whale

  • Narwhal

  • Sperm whale

  • Walrus

  • Common warthog

  • Desert warthog

  • Mammoth

Unfortunately it seems that the warthog isn't being well advocated for and needs help from compassionate people to get it on the list of protected species under the Ivory Act. 

Verify Humanity's Key Points

We're concerned that warthogs don't have many people in their corner. Warthogs are a relatively easy target for poachers, so we really want to see them included in this law.

Our key points submitted to this consultation include:

  • Common Warthogs are located where elephants are already poached making it easy for criminals to jump species.

  • Common Warthogs are small in stature making them a less risky target. This opens them up to less specialised every day hunters.

  • Common Warthog ivory is already carved for the tourist trade.

  • Extending an already existing trade is significantly easier than creating one that doesn't exist. It requires no business imagination and supply and demand chains already exist.

Consultation Responses 

Many of the proposed species have received substantial support by way of information and evidence submitted. However, limited information has been submitted on behalf of Warthogs. Those fighting to see Warthogs protected have cited reasons such as declining population, increased demand due to banning other species and tourist demand for their ivory. 

Outcome

The Government are set to add 5 additional species to the Ivory Act:Common Hippopotamus, Killer Whale, Narwhal, Sperm Whale and Walrus. 

 

Sadly, the Government didn't decide to extend compassion to Warthogs this time.

 

We will continue to seek opportunities to advocate for Warthogs.

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