Beth Buczynski

Prince William Urges Buckingham Palace to Destroy All 1,200 Pieces of Ivory in the Royal Collection

by , 02/18/14

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Prince William recently threw his support behind a campaign against elephant poaching, and in a conversation with world renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, he commented that he’d like to see the entire royal ivory collection — all 1,200 pieces — removed from Buckingham Palace and destroyed. These are strong words from a royal concerning a collection that dates back hundreds of years. But the statement is music to the ears of those who’ve fought to protect animals illegally poached for their horns and tusks.

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Prince William’s strong statements regarding the royal ivory collection echo those that his father, Prince Charles, has made for years. According to The Guardian, “Prince Charles has reportedly asked for all ivory items at his Clarence House and Highgrove homes to be removed from sight.”

Prince William’s suggestion that this centuries-old ivory collection be destroyed has already garnered public support. “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,” Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith was quoted in The Guardian. “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,” conservationist Dr Paula Kahumbu also told the newspaper.

Prince William’s call for the destruction of the royal ivory collection comes just a week after he addressed a symposium of leading conservationists gathered by his United for Wildlife organization. In the speech, he and Charles also called on the world to turn its back on illegally traded animal parts such as ivory and rhino horn, a purge that’s already begun.

In late 2013, U.S. officials destroyed $10 billion worth of “blood ivory” at a rock crushing facility in Denver, Colorado. In early 2014, China destroyed six tons of ivory from its official stockpile in an effort to discourage the ongoing trade of the illicit substance.

Via The Guardian

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11 Comments

  1. thotts April 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Shouldn’t we also bulldoze the pyramids since they were built with slave labor?

  2. gontier March 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

    - A meaningful gesture. And welcome. But perhaps the more meaningful gesture might instead be to donate the Royal ivory hoard to the British Museum, Victoria & Albert, or Natural History Museum, with the proviso that they are only to be exhibited in the context of historical films, photography and information that graphically illustrates and informs about the negative horrors of the ivory trade; the cruel, senseless wanton slaughter and criminal waste to our highly valued ancient species, threatened as many of them are by impending extinction. …And who knows one day, by promoting the wearing of 3D printed exotic reclaimed plastic ‘bling’ instead, as the hallmark of kudos and status for high living, the value of ivory might eventually be eclipsed, to the point where its value to poachers ceases to be a viable trade. …Except of course, for those confounded quack medicinal and phoney libido inducing remedies, which ought also to be demystified.

  3. hrhbailapu February 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    looks to me Prince William is going to be a king with a \\\”common touch\\\”. this is a \\\”Diana legacy\\\”. she was a \\\”peoples princess\\\”.

  4. JWC in SAn Francisco February 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    What a fatuous, stupid idea. These are historic pieces of museum quality. What a shame the next Royal generation is so uneducated. BTW – I fully support the banning of elephant destruction for ivory. Ditto sharks for fin soup – and on and on.

  5. Katherine Morgan February 21, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Destroying these will not help anything. Instead promote an alternative to the ivory!

  6. wilco February 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Keep the old pieces of ivory and honor the dead. Just do not purchase new ivory and do not promote the killing of elephants now.

  7. Alan Person February 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Destroying artful objects isn’t going to bring back the animals that gave their lives to providing the ivory. Is all of the royal collection even from elephants? Donate the ivory items to a museum. The use of ivory will never end as long as there are any animals that provide it or fossil ivory. Walruses provide a sizable amount of ivory in addition to elephants. Then there’s hippopotamus, narwhal and mammoth ivory.

    Being politically correct is ignorant in this when so many sources of ivory are involved including ones just as legitimate as fur or fossils.

  8. Reallyme Loveagain February 19, 2014 at 7:12 am

    his brother has posed with a hunted buffalo… hypocriTe mucH..?

  9. Olimpia OK February 19, 2014 at 5:28 am

    What a horrible idea .

  10. Polly Unosleepyhappy February 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Destroying these aren\\\’t going to bring back these animals or curb poaching. In actuality, it might just make a more demand for ivory. Scarcity makes way for profit

  11. lyndamcmahon February 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Destroying Ivory would be erasing our history.
    If we educated and severely fine those that buy… it wont be sought after and bought
    If Ivory is not sought after…. it will lose it’s value
    If Ivory loses it’s value… Poaches make nothing
    If Poachers cannot make money from Ivory, because there is NO value in it.. It’s not worth their time to kill for it.
    By destroying Ivory, would be acting as if it never happened, and it has happened.. Over and over.
    Educate is the future for change. If the Royals are so disgusted with their Ivory stash… put it in a traveling museum with mutilated Elephants and Rino’s and educate schools, and nations..

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