Metropolitan police urge public todonate illegal animal products

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Items made from endangered animals Items made from endangered animals

Ricky Gervais will launch a campaign urging people to hand in unwanted items made from ivory and other animal products to police.

The Metropolitan Police’s Wildlife Crime Unit, in partnership with animal welfare and wildlife charities are appealing for the donations in an attempt to stop the illegal trade.

Ricky Gervais said: “This is an opportunity for Londoners to show their support and to protect animals from the illegal wildlife trade.”

DC Sarah Bailey, from the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit, said: “We are asking the public to take unwanted items to police station so they can be destroyed or used to educate people about the illegal trade in animal parts and its impact on species in the wild.

“By raising awareness and encouraging people to get behind this appeal we can potentially reduce the demand for these products.”

DC Bailey said police were looking for ivory carvings, rhino horn, big cat skins and furs, tortoiseshell, reptile skin accessories and taxidermy of endangered species.

The charities  involved in the campaign are David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, International Fund for Animal Welfare, WildAid, World Animal Protection  and the World Wildlife Fund.

If anyone has information regarding wildlife crime they can call Met police on 020 7230 8898 orwildlife@met.police.co.uk or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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9:31am Wed 9 Jul 14

faro0485 says...

Ah donate? Are the police going to sell them on to make money like one donates to the charity store? It seems like it. - Ummer Farooq
Ah donate? Are the police going to sell them on to make money like one donates to the charity store? It seems like it. - Ummer Farooq faro0485
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11:49am Wed 9 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

faro0485 wrote:
Ah donate? Are the police going to sell them on to make money like one donates to the charity store? It seems like it. - Ummer Farooq
Of course in a Police Auction.

As for the unfunny Gervais, how can anyone respect this bloke after his unfunny effort at humour mocking people with learning difficulties in that unfunny series?
[quote][p][bold]faro0485[/bold] wrote: Ah donate? Are the police going to sell them on to make money like one donates to the charity store? It seems like it. - Ummer Farooq[/p][/quote]Of course in a Police Auction. As for the unfunny Gervais, how can anyone respect this bloke after his unfunny effort at humour mocking people with learning difficulties in that unfunny series? Villagecranberry
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11:53am Wed 9 Jul 14

Debbie2312 says...

I hardly think donate is an appropriate word to use in this article. Surrender would be a better choice of word!
I hardly think donate is an appropriate word to use in this article. Surrender would be a better choice of word! Debbie2312
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3:24pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

When one considers the amount of animal products consumed in the UK and the appalling treatment of animals and slaughtering practices like Halal products, this campaign is some kind of joke.

Chickens born and never seeing the light of day.
When one considers the amount of animal products consumed in the UK and the appalling treatment of animals and slaughtering practices like Halal products, this campaign is some kind of joke. Chickens born and never seeing the light of day. Villagecranberry
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9:13am Thu 10 Jul 14

stickmanny says...

I'm crying over this one. Poor fluffy chickie wickies waaah.

Maybe you could revive the ALF or something? That'd keep you occupied.
I'm crying over this one. Poor fluffy chickie wickies waaah. Maybe you could revive the ALF or something? That'd keep you occupied. stickmanny
  • Score: -3
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