04 Dec
2017

Save the Elephants

This week Mr Jarvis delivered a thought provoking assembly about the ivory trade and the decline of the elephant population. He highlighted the increasing probability that elephants will become extinct within our lifetime. There is an estimated 450,000 to 750,000 African elephants and between 35,000 to 40,000 wild Asian elephants still left in the world. Mr Jarvis pointed out the increasing popularity of ivory products amongst the rising middle class within Asia, which is sometimes as sought after as diamonds. Mr Jarvis highlighted that within the UK, it is still legal to trade ivory acquired before 1947; this has ultimately encouraged the illicit trade, as it is extremely difficult to ascertain how old the ivory products actually are. As the UK is currently reviewing the ban on the ivory trade to include products that pre-date 1947, Mr Jarvis encouraged our girls to become involved in the campaign to end the sale of ivory. Girls were encouraged to write a letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove emphasising that without decisive action today, there will be no elephants left tomorrow. Click here to find out more about the Save the Elephants campaign.