Clive is lending his support to calls for a UK ivory ban to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade.
Clive attended an event at Westminster organised by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Dr Rupa Huq MP prior to her parliamentary debate on the illegal wildlife trade. As part of the event MPs were shown an innovative ivory fingerprinting kit developed by the Metropolitan Police, King’s College and IFAW.
IFAW has now provided more than 80 of these special fingerprint kits to 16 countries. Fifteen of these kits have been successfully deployed in Kenya with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and police as part of the ‘tenBoma’ intelligence-led anti-poaching project run by IFAW and KWS. The kits have already been used to gather evidence which has led to 15 arrests, including five Police officers and the seizure of 11 elephant tusks and 50 pieces of worked ivory.
David Cowdrey, Head of Policy & Campaigns at IFAW, said: “Any strategy to tackle the illegal wildlife trade needs to ensure that you are addressing the issues at every level. IFAW supports anti-poaching rangers on the ground, campaigns to close down ivory markets and works to reduce consumer demand, but only by having effective law enforcement and forensic techniques can we ensure we gather the evidence that will catch the organised criminal gangs still killing thousands of elephants every year.
“We are grateful to Clive for showing his support today. With elephant populations at an all-time low and the species facing extinction due to the ivory poaching crisis we need a UK ivory ban in place as soon as possible, as time is the one thing elephants don’t have.”
Clive said: “If we are to save elephants in the wild we must act now before it is too late. I am pleased to support IFAW’s vital work to tackle ivory poaching, from using cutting edge technology to campaigning for a UK ivory ban. We must remember that each piece of ivory represents a dead elephant, shot or poisoned for its tusks. More and more people recognise that ivory should only be valued on a live elephant. We hope the Government will introduce an ivory ban in the UK before the forthcoming Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference being hosted in London in October.”
The Government recently announced that it had received more than 70,000 responses to its ivory ban consultation, one of the largest ever public responses to a Defra consultation, with the overwhelming majority analysed so far supportive of a ban. The Government has yet to publish the results of this consultation. IFAW is calling for a clear timetable showing how quickly an ivory ban will be introduced in the UK.
Clive is lending his support to calls for a UK ivory ban to help protect elephants from further slaughter for the illegal ivory trade. Clive attended an event at Westminster...
Clive has called for Govia, the company which has held the South Eastern franchise for years, to be refused permission to bid for the new franchise when it comes up for tender later this year. Speaking in Parliament, Clive highlighted the the consistent poor performance by South Eastern under Govia.
Passengers were told to put up with a worse service during the refurbishment of London Bridge with the promise that things would get better after the work was complete. Now the work is finished, passengers are still having to deal with a train service that is unreliable and are also being told that the Victoria line trains on the Bexleyheath line are going to be scrapped under the new franchise.
Clive is calling on residents to sign a petition demanding that plans to scrap victoria trains from the Bexleyheath line be halted, you can add your name to the petition by clicking here.
Clive has called for Govia, the company which has held the South Eastern franchise for years, to be refused permission to bid for the new franchise when it comes up...
This week Clive signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.
Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘The power of words’.
After signing the Book of Commitment, Clive commented:
“Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Eltham and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust. As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.”
Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:
“The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance. We are very grateful to Clive for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”
This week Clive signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust...