Urge BBC Program to Stop Selling Ivory

Elephant_by_Gary M. Stolz

Target: Craig Henderson, Head of Programming for BBC English Regions

Goal: Discontinue selling ivory on the BBC network.

Even after ivory bans all over the world, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is still promoting ivory. On Flog It!, a BBC program dedicated to selling antiques, ivory items continue to be sold. The host(s) and sellers then cheer like they do after every product gets purchased. The sale of ivory should not be applauded. Tell BBC to do what other countries and television shows have done and ban the sale of ivory on this program.

Many people think that buying ivory antiques do not promote the poaching industry. Unfortunately, by allowing the sale of ivory, you are putting value on the tusks of elephants. This encourages poachers to continue hunting these creatures because they know there is a market for it. We have seen this mostly in Hong Kong before the new ban was set in place on all ivory trading. Before that, stores were allowed to sell ivory obtained prior to 1989. Having stockpiles of ivory allowed smugglers to easily launder new items into the country.

Other antique shows, like the Antique Roadshow, have stopped selling ivory tusks and will inform buyers of the illegal trade if any product contains even a fraction of ivory. With many elephant species endangered or at risk, selling of ivory should be banned. Tell BBC that they need to step up and not condone the selling of ivory on their shows.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Henderson,

The popular program Flog It! has recently sold pieces of ivory on its show. The promotion of ivory products has been directly linked with the continuation of poaching. We have seen this exclusively with Hong Kong’s prior “legal” selling of ivory made before 1989. Poachers continued to hunt these animals because they saw a market that they could still infiltrate.

With elephants at risk of extinction, I ask you to not promote the selling of ivory on your programs. Similar shows to Flog It!, like the Antique Roadshow, no longer sell elephant tusks and warn consumers about items that contain traces of ivory. I urge you to have Flog It! do the same.

The BBC is a staple of great programming that broadcasts to many countries. Your decision to not promote the selling of ivory can have an enormous impact on both people and the illegal killing of elephants. Please do a great deed and ensure that no more ivory will be sold on the BBC network.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gary M. Stolz

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