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One point to add to Freya Simms’ letter, in the same issue, where she advises those responding to the ivory petition: the petitioners need to number 10,000 or more to require a response from the government and 100,000 or more to raise a parliamentary debate.

At the time of writing this letter, only 691 people have signed the petition. A great many more will need to sign if any sort of message is going to be conveyed. Are there really so few who oppose the ivory ban bill as presently worded? It is, as Ms Simms wrote, a very easy petition to sign.

Peter Cameron