The campaigners told reporters in
Nairobi that the Dec.3-13 walk from London to Bristol
aims to rekindle a global conversation on the need to
ban ivory trade in order to save the iconic land mammal
“The historic walk from London to
Bristol aims to encourage British authorities to
support action on illegal trade in ivory that has
decimated elephant population in Africa,” said Jim
Nyamu, the Executive Director of Elephants Neighbors
He added the walk to raise awareness
on elephants’ protection in Britain was timely as the
country set out to implement a total ban on trade in
ivory products that was announced in early October.
“There has been ongoing discussion in
Britain on how to hasten enactment of laws to ban
trade in carvings made of ivory,” said Nyamu, adding
that the Mayor of London will flag off the upcoming
walk for elephants.
The campaigner who has so far walked
10,500 km to lobby governments and corporations to
support elephants’ conservation said that even legal
trade in ivory should not be condoned since it was
fuelling slaughter of the giant mammals.
“Ivory markets anywhere in the world
should be closed since they are motivating criminal
elements to kill elephants and rhinos for their
trophies,” Nyamu said.
He revealed that Britain will next
year hold an international meeting to revitalize global
action on elephants poaching ahead of the 2019
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
(CITES) summit in Sri Lanka.