After attending the largest conference ever held on the subject of the illegal wildlife trade, Prince William has said that he is advocating the destruction of all the ivory in the royal collection at Buckingham Palace. The royal collection contains about 1,200 pieces dating back hundreds of years. It includes furniture such as an ivory throne that belonged to Queen Victoria.
In a private conversation with primatologist, Jane Goodall, Prince William said he would like to see all the ivory owned by Buckingham Palace destroyed.
Prince William is not alone in his stance against illegal ivory. His father, Prince Charles, has asked to have items of ivory removed from his sight at his homes, Clarence House and Highgrove.
Both men have been strong environmentalists and instead of taking the easy way out and donating the royal collection of ivory to museums or galleries, they are showing the world that they have a zero tolerance for the killing of animals for decorative purposes.
Conservationist, Dr. Paula Kahumbu, said, “It would be a demonstration of them putting their money where their mouth is. It would be extremely significant and visual, and might help Britons hand in their ivory, illegal or legal,”
Zac Goldsmith, a Member of Parliament, said, “It’s difficult to imagine a stronger symbol of the horrors of ivory than Buckingham Palace publicly destroying its own. Good for Prince William for pushing this.”
From 2002 to 2013, almost two-thirds of the forest elephants in central Africa were killed for their tusks. The Obama administration is talking about toughening federal laws on the ivory trade so that no ivory is imported into the United States.
Whenever I think about elephants being killed for their tusks, I think about the Disney movie, “Dumbo,” the elephant who was ridiculed for his big ears. In the movie, Dumbo learns to fly, using his big ears as wings and I think about the endangered elephants today and wish that they could fly out of harm’s way, too.