Bromley joins Met campaign to take back products made from ivory and endangered species

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Bromley Police Station is calling for residents to surrender products made from ivory and endangered species as part of a London campaign to fight unethical and illegal trade.

Today (Wednesday 9) the Met’s Wildlife Crime Unit has joined forces with animal charities to call for the public to hand goods in.

Dubbed the Endangered Wildlife Products Surrender, it looks to tackle the manufacturing and trafficking of items which put animals, often abused in the process, at risk.

Actor Ricky Gervais is championing the scheme, and said: "This is an opportunity for Londoners to show their support and to protect animals from the illegal wildlife trade."

Recently it has been widely documented that vulnerable groups of animals are seen to be suffering brutal mistreatment and it is believed that up to a quarter of the wildlife trade across the world is illegal.

DC Sarah Bailey from the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit added: "By raising awareness and encouraging people to get behind this appeal we can potentially reduce the demand for these products."

A collection box will be placed in Bromley Police Station and information about the history of the item can be outlined, but is not compulsory.

Anyone with information is asked to call 020 7230 8898 or email wildlife@met.police.co.uk

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10:43am Wed 9 Jul 14

flea_in_ear says...

I disagree with this, particularly in relation to older items which came about before any bans or concerns. It will make many items more valuable and sought after.

Unless of course the collection box is only for newly-made items.
I disagree with this, particularly in relation to older items which came about before any bans or concerns. It will make many items more valuable and sought after. Unless of course the collection box is only for newly-made items. flea_in_ear
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