Words by Abi Scaife
The UK government is extending its ivory ban to include five additional animal species.
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The ban on ivory in the UK, which currently covers the import, export and dealing of elephant ivory, looks like it will be extended.
New clauses will cover ivory from killer whales, hippos, walruses, narwhals, and sperm whales.
Why is this happening?
All of the mentioned animals are currently endangered, and often hunted for their ivory, which is popular for its use in art.
The extension of the ban, if it goes through, will hopefully discourage people from killing these animals for their ivory, by limiting where it can be transported and sold.
Those found breaking the law could be fined, or even jailed for up to five years.
At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.
Born Free. This is a wildlife conservation charity that’s passionate about wild animal welfare and Compassionate Conservation. Find out more here.
Four Paws UK. This charity is an animal welfare organisation, working globally to help animals in need. Learn more here.
RSPCA. This is the leading animal welfare charity in the UK, and they specialise in animal rescue & furthering the welfare cause for all animals. Find out more here.