Friday 3 November 2017

Emmaus Cambridge surrender donated rare elephant ivory items


Emmaus Cambridge’s charity warehouse, based in Landbeach, regularly receives interesting donations from its local residents. However, in early October, the homelessness charity received two parasols and a bottle-stop made of authentic, rare elephant ivory.

Emmaus Cambridge, an ethical social enterprise, will not be selling these items on. Instead, the local charity will surrender the ivory, which will be destroyed as part of a campaign to close the UK’s ivory market and save endangered elephants from the threat of extinction.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), which has also run previous successful public ivory surrenders in the UK, believes it is vital now more than ever before that the British public stand up for elephants by helping to end consumer demand for ivory products and keep up the pressure for a domestic ban on the ivory trade.

Elephant populations are at an all-time low due to the ivory poaching crisis, which is killing at least 20,000 elephants each year. Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said:

“We are really grateful to the staff of Emmaus Cambridge, another great cause, for getting involved in our campaign. Many people in the UK have bought or inherited ivory tusks, carvings or trinkets that they do not want now they understand that an elephant has died for this. We are encouraging people to surrender their unwanted ivory, whether legal or illegal, so we can ensure it is put beyond use, and so that it will not resurface on the market or help fuel further illegal poaching of elephants to satisfy consumer demand.”

Emmaus Cambridge’s Ian Docherty, who discovered the ivory objects, said:

“We are proud to support IFAW in their fight to ban the sale of ivory and end poaching and we urge other local charities to do the same, should they receive similar products.”

The UK Government recently announced the start of a 12-week consultation on a UK ivory ban.

To find out more about how to show your support for a UK ban on the ivory trade, visit Anyone wishing to donate ivory items 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 or call 020 7587 6700.