Why has Theresa May ditched a pledge to ban ivory trading?

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Strange news: Theresa May has decided to drop a Tory pledge to push for a total ban on trading (only the sale of items produced after 1947 is prohibited). Why would she do that? Doesn’t she need votes?

I thought nearly everyone loved elephants – who votes for helping to wipe them out? Apparently, wealthy antiques dealers. Lady (Victoria) Borwick, the Tory candidate for Kensington and the president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, is an acquaintance of the PM; perhaps she was whom May had in mind.

This makes me feel horribly sick. Although Borwick and her colleagues are primarily concerned with pieces from the pre-1947 era, the fact these items remain in circulation arguably has a knock-on effect on how is perceived. An is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, with more being shot for fun by big-game hunters.

What is it with these hunters? I don’t know what is worse – elephants to make pointless little trinkets or paying squillions to hunt them and wanting to pose with their corpses. Apparently, the hunters adore the “adventure”.

But you can have thrilling hunting adventures without killing anything. We don’t need the hounds to rip foxes apart. We can hunt human runners with bloodhounds in the countryside – blowing horns, dressed in red coats, galloping across the green, rolling hills. When the hounds catch the runners, they just give them a kiss. No magnificent species has to be wiped out or hurt.

‘An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory’ … part of Zimbabwe’s ivory stockpile. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

And if you think I shouldn’t be droning on about saving animals when we can’t even save refugees and children’s lunches, it might be worth knowing that elephants help us. They spread the seeds of plants and trees, conserve land, dig wells and help to preserve our planet.

Now, just as a chink of hope has appeared, with China promising to ban the domestic trade and processing of ivory by the end of 2017, our leader is promising the reverse. Shame. “I think it’s 100% misguided,” says Fielding, sensibly. “What are her advisers thinking?” Not much. Elephants could probably do better. They have language, intelligence and long-term memory and show empathy. Just what we need.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 22 May 2017.

 

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george mira

While “big game hunting” was also a pastime in Africa of German hunters, the other large colonizer introducing gun killing for pleasure, and is regarded still by leisured wealthy in the US and elsewhere, it’s all traceable to the British empire. thus the incumbent weight is greater upon Britain to end desire to perpetuate the practice. This means that trophies should be de-emphasized and wherever possible, removed, as children tend to revere romanticized past activities. In several previously colonized African nations, there remain “big game” hunting as a profit enterprise, with “guides” and packages. These mistaken methods of paying for… Read more »

maria o Donnell

Don’t complicate things Michael and 3 cheers for your public schoolboy education, Hurrah! Bottom line ant to the point: Its got nothing to do with CBT/science and everything to do with making money and keeping the snotty snobs and their ilk in the house of Lords spiffingly happy – knowing they can shoot for fun and entertainment because good old Theresa is backing them = and their fox hunting pursuits also.

Sandra Stringfellow

This vile woman belongs in the dark ages!

maria o Donnell

Cruella de May – no compassion for animals, In my book that makes her dangerous Sandra

Linda Badham
Linda Badham

WELL SHE AGREES WITH FOXES GETTING RIPPED APART SO I AM NOT SURPRISED AT ALL ! ROTTEN HEARTLESS BITCH !

maria o Donnell

My point exactly anyone that can ‘sanction’ these wanton acts of cruelty without batting an eyelid needs psychiatric assessment. She is cruel, hard and evil. She probably thinks she is great being like that. That face – pure misery guts – she must have a bowl of lemons for brexit – Opps I meant breakfast!!!! He, He.

Michele Jankelow
Michele Jankelow

Shame on Theresa May! I thought she had more intelligence, more knowledge and more responsibility! Her current approach to environmental concerns leave be appalled at Tory management and conduct!

Michele Jankelow
Michele Jankelow

….sorry for typing error, leaves me appalled at Tory management and conduct!

Anne Grice

This is a mystery to me! Why would someone who had obviously understood the desperate need to ban ivory trade and what a ban would mean change their position with full knowledge of what the vile ivory trade has done and will continue to do for elephants on this planet? This planet cannot afford to have people who have no interest in saving the dwindling numbers of wild life, as leaders! Leaders need to understand that their positions is not just for short term gains or local national home economics, its their contribution to the health and well being of… Read more »

Karen Crawford

I think it is disgusting that Theresa May has decided to drop the Tory pledge to push for a total ban on ivory trading ( only the sale of ivory items produced after 1947 is prohibited). An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, with more being shot for fun by big-game hunters. Elephants are highly intelligent mammals and everyone, especially a PM, should be supporting a total ban on ivory trading. But what can you expect from a PM who wants to bring back fox hunting after a total ban on that cruel ” sport “. Dreadful… Read more »

Darren Jessup

what do you expect from a bitch like May

Darren Jessup

As I keep on saying she is just the UKs version of Trump and an evil bitch !

Anette Stauske
Anette Stauske

disfigure = vote out of office (to avoid misunderstandings)

Anette Stauske
Anette Stauske

It no longer amazes me that people like P.M. May make money their priority. What’s really upsetting is that voters seem too stupid to disfigure these politicians.

Sue Lesmond
Sue Lesmond

Throw this incompetent,uncaring bitch out on her gluiest maximus!

David Varnum
David Varnum

Once a conservative, always an idiot.